Olivier Mosset

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Olivier Mosset
Olivier Mosset (2003).png
Olivier Mosset, 2003
Born 1944
Bern, Switzerland
Known for Painting

Olivier Mosset (born 1944 in Bern, Switzerland) is a Swiss visual artist.[1] He lives and works in Tucson, Arizona.[1]

Life and work[edit]

Mosset has spent considerable time in New York and Paris. In Paris in the 1960s he was a member of the BMPT (art group), along with Daniel Buren, Michel Parmentier, and Niele Toroni.[2] The group questioned notions of authorship and originality, implying that they often did each other's works, and that the art object was more important than its authorship. As a young artist he was an assistant to both Jean Tinguely and Daniel Spoerri.[3]

Later, in New York in the late 1970s, Mosset undertook a long series of monochrome paintings, during the heyday of Neo-expressionism. He became a founding member of the New York Radical Painting group, radical referring both to an implied radical social stance, as well as a returning to the radical “root” of painting. This re-assertion of social relevance for abstraction, and even the monochrome, hadn’t been emphasized to such a degree since Malevich and Rodchenko.

In the 1980s neo-geo artists, such as Peter Halley who asserted a socially relevant, critical role for geometric abstraction, cited Mosset as an influence.

In 2012 the artist created stage designs for a ballet, entitled Sous Apparence, at the Paris Opera Ballet.[4]

Mosset is also well known for his sculptures. From 1993 onwards he has created Toblerones, which are meant to reference the Swiss anti-tank barrages (for which the candy is also named). He exhibited a large selection of his Toblerones at his 2003 retrospective at the Cantonal Museum of Fine Arts in Lausanne.[5] In 2003, Mosset also created a version of Toberlones in ice for Eispavillon in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, presented the following year in 2004, at Art Unlimited in Art Basel.[6] In 2014 the artist re-created a version of his Toblerones in ice again for the Elevation 1049 exhibition in Gstaad.[7]

Public Collections[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Olivier Mosset: Biography" Campoli Presti Gallery, Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  2. ^ Williams, Nicola (2005). France. Lonely Planet. p. 55. ISBN 978-1-74059-923-8. 
  3. ^ Schmerler, Sarah."Olivier Mosset" Art in America, Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  4. ^ Sulcas, Rosyln."A Shining Star at the Paris Opera Ballet" The New York Times, Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  5. ^ Stroun, Fabrice."Olivier Mosset" Frieze, Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  6. ^ "Olivier Moseet"
  7. ^ "Elevation 1049: Between Heaven and Hell" Mousse Contemporary Art Magazine, Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  8. ^ "The Collection: Olivier Mosset" Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  9. ^ "Centre Pompidou Virtuel - Olivier Mosset" Retrieved 21 February 2014