Olivier Mosset


Considered as a key figure in post-war abstract painting, Olivier Mosset (b. 1944, Bern, Switzerland) is most associated with monochrome works and Minimalism as well as other developments in avant-garde art that emerged in the late 1950s early 1960s in the US and EU challenging notions of authorship, allusion, and illusion in painting and sculpture. Constant in the artist’s work is the elusiveness of concrete understanding for a work of art and the futile effort in one’s search for finality in the definition. As he says “… for me, the idea is that paintings are paintings”.


Olivier Mosset (b. 1944, Bern, Switzerland) lives and works in Tucson, Arizona (US). Among many solo shows all over the world, he has recently been exhibited at the Tucson Museum of Art, Arizona (2021); MAMCO, Contemporary art museum, Geneva (2020); Jean-Paul Najar Foundation, Dubai (2017); doART Beijing (2008); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2006); the 44th Venice Biennale, Swiss Pavilion (1990). His selected group exhibitions and Biennales are Manifesta 10, Hermitage Museum, Sint Petersburg (2014); French Academy of Art in Rome, Villa Medici (2014); The Kitchen and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, New York (2013); Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2010); the Whitney Biennale at Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2008).

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