Mark Divo

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Mark Divo
Born 1966
Zurich
Movement conceptual art

Mark Divo (born 1966) is a Luxembourgeois conceptual artist and curator who organises large scale interactive art projects incorporating the work of a number of well-known underground artists. His own work involves performance, photography, and installation.

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Between 1988 and 1989 Divo worked in West Berlin. After the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989 he moved to East Berlin, where he organised exhibitions at the Kunst Haus Tacheles. Between 1990 – 1994 he organised exhibitions, performances and murals with the Duncker group, which was awarded a prize by the Berlin Senate.

In 1994 he moved back to Zurich where he created a number of murals and organised a group of travelling mural painters (including Gabriel Serra). There he became notorious for organising a number of underground art projects funded by the Swiss government, including the first exhibitions / events in the subways of Escherwyssplatz. In 1995, he organised an international festival of underground art for which he received considerable critical acclaim.[citation needed] The work was given the name "post Industrial Baroque" by critics.[citation needed] Amongst the artists who exhibited were Swiss artist Ingo Giezendanner, German artist Leumund Cult and British artist Lennie Lee.

In 1996 Mark Divo exhibited at the Rich and famous gallery, London. In the winter of 2002 he occupied the famous Cabaret Voltaire with several artists including the Mikry Drei and Dan Jones. Together they succeeded in preventing the famous location closure. As a result of considerable publicity in the Swiss and international press, the building has now been turned into a museum dedicated to Dada (Cabaret Voltaire). In 2003 he organised another international Dada festival at the Sihlpapierfabrik.

Since 2003 Divo has organised an annual international festival of Dada and In the summer of 2008 he set up a new art centre in the city of Kolín, close to Prague, together with his wife, Sonja Vectomov. In August 2009 Divo and Sonja were invited to curate a group of artists from the Divo Institute for the Subvision Art Festival in Hamburg.

Since becoming an artist, Mark Divo has exhibited in a number of prestigious museums throughout Europe including the Helmhaus in Zurich, The Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius, the Casino Luxemburg, the Kunsthaus Zurich and the Kinsky Palace, Prague. He has three times been awarded the city of Zurich's art prize[citation needed] and has created three major public sculptures for the city of Zurich.

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