January 8, 2012 - Swiss Institute - Swiss Institute presents Jean-Frédéric Schnyder
January 8, 2012

Swiss Institute presents Jean-Frédéric Schnyder

Jean-Frédéric Schnyder, “Landscape XXV,” 1991.
Oil on canvas, 8.3 x 11.8 inches.*

Jean-Frédéric Schnyder
Curated by Gianni Jetzer
November 23, 2011–February 26, 2012

Swiss Institute / Contemporary Art
18 Wooster Street
New York, NY

www.swissinstitute.net

Gallery Hours:
Wednesday–Sunday, 12–6 PM
Subway / N / R / Q / 6 to Canal Street

Swiss Institute is proud to present an exhibition of Jean-Frédéric Schnyder (born 1945, lives in Zug, Switzerland) in the United States. Despite his long and successful career the Swiss artist has remained relatively unknown beyond European borders.

At Swiss Institute, Schnyder exhibits Landschaft (Landscape) I-XXXV (1990–1991), a typical example of his vision of painting. After finding a subject, he examines every possibility in his imagination without making preparatory drawings. The common denominator of this series is the archetypal small house presented in 35 small format oil paintings. Schnyder’s approach is purely nonchalant, a balancing act between humor and kitsch; a persiflage about Western art.

Also on view is the film installation Corso Schnapsparade (Liquor Parade, 2009), an animated film featuring a highly eccentric procession. Small wooden horses pull trailers loaded with miniature versions of Swiss liquor bottles. Liquor Parade at once celebrates and ridicules festival culture and its rituals.

Private Views
January 1
3, 2012 at 6PM
Massimiliano Gioni
on Jean-Frédéric Schnyder

January 24, 2012 at 6PM
Philipp Kaiser on
Jean-Frédéric Schnyder

January 26, 2012 at 2PM
David Rimanelli on Jean-Frédéric Schnyder

The exhibition has been made possible with public funds from Kanton Zug.  Special thanks to Eva Presenhuber Gallery, Zurich.

The exhibition has been made possible with public funds from Kanton Zug.  Special thanks to Eva Presenhuber Gallery, Zurich.

*Image:
Courtesy Aargauer Kunsthaus Aarau and Swiss Confederation, Federal Office of Culture, Bern.

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