Christoph Büchel

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Christoph Büchel (born 1966) is a Swiss-Icelandic artist known for provocative contemporary installations. He received international attention for constructing a mosque in a Venice church and suggesting that prototypes for Donald Trump's wall should be considered land art.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Christoph Büchel was born in Basel, Switzerland, in 1966.[2] Around 2007 he moved to Iceland. [2]

Selected works[edit]

The Abbazia della Misericordia transformed into mosquee

For the 2015 Venice Biennale, Christoph Büchel contributed Iceland's national pavilion which consisted of a conceptual work of art which transformed the 10th-century old Church of the Abbey of Misericordia into a generic mosque.[3] Labeled The Mosque: The First Mosque in the Historic City of Venice, it was partly inspired by disputes in Iceland over building the first purpose-built Reykjavík Mosque.[2][4] After a complaint presentet by a member of the neo-fascist party New Force, the Venetian authorities closed the installation, citing permit violations.[5][2]

Büchel encouraged artistic recognition of eight prototypes of the border wall erected near the US-Mexico border. Büchel mobilized support through an online petition. [1]

Personal life[edit]

Büchel has an Icelandic wife and a son.[2]


  1. ^ a b Walker, Michael (3 January 2018). "Is Donald Trump, Wall-Builder-in-Chief, a Conceptual Artist?". New York Times. New York. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e York Underwood, 'Life Imitating Art: Iceland’s “Mosque” Installation In Venice', The Reykjavík Grapevine (June 6, 2015),
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