John M Armleder

born 1948 in Geneva, Switzerland
lives and works in Geneva, Switzerland

"My Art is defined by its culturally conscious statement. [...] I guess life serves as a permanent orientation to anyone who goes on experiencing it. It farthest limits, but also its little silly daily doings, and undoings."

John M Armleder quoted from a written interview with Doris Rothauer in the catalogue John M Armleder, Wiener Secession, Vienna 1993, p. 58

John M Armleder is a Swiss performance artist, painter, sculptor, critic, and curator working in Geneva and New York. Internationally recognized, the work of John Armleder explores the transformation of the status of the work of art at the level of its perception and of its reception. His work is based on his involvement with Fluxus in the 1960s and 1970s, when he created performance art pieces, installations and collective art activities. Since the 1990s, he has created installations, paintings, wall paintings, sculptures and what he calls “Furniture Sculptures”. He often uses a dense scenographic installation style, placing individual works in close proximity and relationships with each other.

Armleder has had numerous solo museum exhibitions in the USA and Europe, most notably at The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2008), MAMCO Geneva (2006), the ICA Pennsylvania (2006) and the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2000). His work features in significant international collections, including the Musée d´Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Kunstmuseum, Basel; Kunstmuseum, Zurich; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Sammlung Ludwig, Vienna and Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart. 

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