Christoph Büchel

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Christoph Büchel (born 1966) is a Swiss artist, based since 2007 in Iceland.


Christoph Büchel was born in Basel, Switzerland, in 1966.[1] Büchel creates hyper-realistic environments that create the experience of walking into a mind at work.


For the 2015 Venice Biennale, Christoph Büchel submitted as part of Iceland's national pavilion The Mosque: The First Mosque in the Historic City of Venice, partly inspired by disputes in Iceland over building the first purpose-built Reykjavík Mosque.[2][3]

One installation was a conceptual work of art which transformed a 10th-century Catholic church into a generic mosque.[4]

Critics of the Venetian Authorities claim that the proffered reasons for shuttering the mosque were pretextual and insufficiently grave to justify closure of the work.[5]


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