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Olivier Mosset, along with Daniel Buren, Michel Parmentier, and Niele Toroni, was a member of the BMPT art collective in the 1960s, a Parisian group dedicated to interrogating ideas about creative authorship. BMPT believed that the art object itself was more relevant than its creator. Mosset is best known for his series of monochrome paintings, each featuring a black circle, of which he produced hundreds between 1966 and 1974. 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.

Olivier Mosset (b. 1944, Bern, Switzerland) lives and works in Tucson, Arizona. He was the subject of solo museum exhibitions at Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, Switzerland (2019), Musée Régional d'Art Contemporain Languedoc-Roussilon, Sérignan, France (2013), Opéra national de Paris, Palais Garnier, Paris, France (2012), Kunsthalle Zürich, Switzerland (2012), Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon, France (2010), Museo d’Arte di Mendrisio, Switzerland (2009), Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2006), Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne, Switzerland (2003), Musée Saint Pierre Art Contemporain, Lyon, France (1987), Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland (1986), Musée Sainte-Croix, France (1985), Centre d’Art Contemporain, France (1985) and Musée de Beaux-Arts La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland (1985). His work has been collected by prestigious public and private collections worldwide.

The same way you can have a relationship with a dog or a cat or whatever, I also almost have a relationship with objects, like a motorcycle, a car, or a painting…

Olivier Mosset

Biography

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, Switzerland

    Fondazione Antonio Dalle Nogare, Bolzano, Italy

  • 2018

    Massimo De Carlo, Milan, Italy

    Graphic Works, LG London, London, UK

    FIAC Hors les Murs, Paris, France

  • 2016

    Galerie Andrea Caratsch, Zurich, Switzerland

    Hunter College Art Galleries, New York, USA

    Nymphius Projekte, Berlin, Germany

  • 2015

    Plan B, The Power Station, Dallas, TX, USA

    Koenig & Clinton, New York, NY, USA

    Laleh June Galerie, Basel, Switzerland

  • 2014

    The Kitchen Paintings, Galerie Andrea Caratsch, St. Moritz, Switzerland

    KLM, La Station, Nice, France

    KLM, Besançon, France

    Bel Air 1965, Antenne Permanente Saint-Christophe - FRAC Bourgogne, Chagny, France

    TUM’ – MUTT – TUTU, Atelier & Galerie Raynald Métraux, Lausanne, Switzerland

    Shoot The Lobster, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

  • 2013

    Musée Régional d'Art Contemporain Languedoc-Roussillon, Sérignan, France

  • 2012

    Galerie Andrea Caratsch, Zurich, Switzerland

    Leaving the Museum – Olivier Mosset, Kunsthalle Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

  • 2011

    Born in Bern, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland

    BRMC, Galerie Andrea Caratsch, Zurich, Switzerland

  • 2010

    A step backwards, Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon, Lyon, France

  • 2009

    Mendrisio Museo d’arte, Mendrisio, Switzerland

    Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire, Brussels, Belgium

    Galerie Andrea Caratsch, Zurich, Switzerland

    Olivier Mosset 1968-2009, Massimo De Carlo, Milan, Italy

  • 2008

    Doart Beijing, Beijing, China

    Patrick De Brock Gallery, Knokke, Belgium

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM, USA

  • 2007

    Ten Monochromes, Galerie Andrea Caratsch, Zurich, Switzerland

    Olivier Mosset / Indian Larry, Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York, NY, USA

    Centre d’Art Villa Tamaris, La Seine sur Mer, France

    Galerie Art & Essai, Rennes, France

    Chapel du Carmel, Chalon sur Saône, France

    Angstrom Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

    Espace d’Art Contemporain, Saint Restitut, France

    Espace d’Art Contemporain Fernet Branca, Saint Louis, France

  • 2006

    Centre d’Arts Contemporains, Carré Saint Vincent, Scène Nationale, Orléans, France

    Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York, NY, USA

    Windows, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

    La Salle de Bains, Lyon, France

    Galerie de Multiples, Paris, France

    Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire, Paris, France

    PS Project Space, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • 2005

    The Biennale Paintings, Caratsch de Pury & Luxembourg, Zurich, Switzerland

    Incognito Artclub 24h/24, Paris, France

    Last Run, Montriond 14, Circuit, Passage Montriond 14, Lausanne, Switzerland

    Les Halles, Porrentruy, Switzerland

    Galerie Une, Auvernier-Neuchatel, Switzerland

    Odéon 5, Paris, France

  • 2004

    Carré d’Art Musée d’Art Contemporain de Nîmes, Nîmes, France

    Galleria Palladio, Lugano, Switzerland

    Carré d’Art Musée d’Art Contemporain de Nîmes, Nîmes, France

    Paintings, Ausstellungsraum Ursula Werz, Tubingen, Germany

    Galerie Susanna Kulli, Zurich, Switzerland

    Skopia Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland

    House of Art, Ceske Budovice, Czech Republic

    Galleria Palladio, Lugano, Switzerland

  • 2003

    Arbeiten/Works 1966-2003, Le Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne; Kunstverein St. Gallen Kustmuseum, St. Gallen, Switzerland; SITE, Santa Fe, NM, USA

    University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ, USA

    Galerie Guy Ledune, Brussels, Belgium

    Galerie Une, Auvernier-Neuchatel, Switzerland

  • 2002

    Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York, NY, USA

    300 Turen Portes Portas, Schweizerische Landesbibliothek, Bern, Switzerland

    Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney, Australia

  • 2001

    Grunert & Gasser Gallery, New York, NY, USA

    Blains Fine Arts, London, UK

    Galerie Anselm Dreher, Berlin, Germany

  • 2000

    Le Spot, Studio d’Art Contemporain, Le Havre, France

    Skopia, Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland

    L’ Eden Cinema, Espace Oskar Niemeyer, Le Havre, France

    Recent Paintings, Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM, USA

  • 1999

    Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York, NY, USA

    Galerie Rolf Ricke, Cologne, Germany

    Galerie Gaxotte, Porrentruy, Switzerland

    Centro d’Arte Contemporanea Ticino, Bellinzona, Switzerland

    24 Small Paintings, Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich, Switzerland

    Salon, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

    Exit, Lausanne, Switzerland

    Galerie Susanna Kulli, St. Gallen, Switzerland

  • 1998

    Galerie Eric Linard, La Garde Adhemar, France

    Photos, Galerie Martine & Thibault de la Chatre, Paris, France

  • 1997

    Gilbert Brownstone & Cie, Paris, France

    Galerie Guy Ledune, Brussels, Brussels

  • 1996

    Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Centre d’Art Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland

    Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland

    Galerie Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert, Cologne, Germany

    Galerie Susanna Kulli, St. Gallen, Switzerland

    Massimo De Carlo, Milan, Italy

  • 1995

    F.R.A.C. Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand, France

    Galerie de l’Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Quimper, France

    Ecole Regionale des Beaux-Arts, Dunkerque, France

    A.M.F. 3, Musée d’Art Moderneet Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland

  • 1994

    John Gibson Gallery, New York, NY, USA

    La Box, Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Art de Bourges, Bourges, France

    Galerie Friebe, Ludenscheid, Germany

    Galerie Guy Ledune, Brussels, Belgium

    Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Sion, Switzerland

    Centre Genevois de Gravure Contemporaine, Geneva, Switzerland

    CBD Gallery, Sydney, Australia

    Galerie Art & Public, Geneva, Switzerland

  • 1993

    Galerie Susanna Kulli, St. Gallen, Switzerland

    L’Usine, Dijion, France

    CCC, Tours, France

    Chateau de Fraisse, Fraisse-des-Corbieres, France

    Gilbert Brownstone & Cie, Paris, France

    le Consortium, Dijon, France

    Galerie Sollertis, Toulouse, France

  • 1992

    Galerie Mark Muller, Zurich, Switzerland

    Ecole Regionale d’Art, Dunkerque, France

    Chateau de Grand Jardin, Joinville, France

    Massimo De Carlo, Milan, Italy

  • 1991

    Jean-François Dumont, Bordeaux, France

    Galerie Sollertis, Toulouse, France

    Vrej Baghoomian Gallery, New York, NY, USA

    Tony Shfrazi Gallery, New York, NY, USA

    Galerie Anselm Dreher, Berlin, Germany

  • 1990

    Gilbert Brownstone & Cie, Paris, France

    John Gibson Gallery, New York, NY, USA

    Galerie Jean-François Dumont, Bordeaux, France

    Galerie Isy Brachot, Brussels, Belgium

    Galerie Fernando Alcolea, Barcelona, Spain

    Galerie Pierre Huber, Geneva, Switzerland

    Dart Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA

    Galerie Tanit, Munich, Germany

    Galerie Tanit, Cologne, Germany

    Galerie Marika Malacorda, Geneva, Switzerland

    Galerie Catherine Issert, St. Paul de Vence, France

    44 Biennale di Venezia. Swiss Pavillon, Venice, Italy

    Galerie Van Gelder, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Paolo Vitolo Arte Contemporanea, Roma, Italy

  • 1989

    Galerie Sollertis, Toulouse, France

    Massimo De Carlo, Milan, Italy

    Julian Pretto Gallery, New York, NY, USA

  • 1988

    Galerie Susanna Kulli, St. Gallen, Switzerland

    John Gibson Gallery, New York, NY, USA

    Julian Pretto Gallery, New York, NY, USA

    Gilbert Brownstone & Cie, Paris, France

  • 1987

    John Gilbson Gallery, New York, NY, USA

    Galerie Rivolta, Lausanne, Switzerland

    Musée Saint Pierre Art Contemporain, Lyon, France

    Galerie Daniel Bucholz, Cologne, Germany

    Julien Pretto Gallery, New York, NY, USA

    Gilbert Brownstone & Cie, Paris, France

    Massimo De Carlo, Milan, Italy

    Galleria Zero, Stockholm, Sweden

    Galerie Emmerich-Bauman, Zurich, Switzerland

    Galerie l’Aire du Verseau, Paris, France

  • 1986

    Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland

    Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland

    Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY, USA

    Gilbert Brownstone & Cie, Paris, France

    Villa Arson, Nice, France

    Galerie Marika Malacorda, Geneva, Switzerland

    Galerie Susanna Kulli, St. Gallen, Switzerland

  • 1985

    Olivier Mosset 65-85, Musée Sainte-Croix, Poitiers, France

    Centre d’Art Contemporain, Chateauroux, France

    Musée des Beaux-Arts, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland

  • 1984

    Galerie Susanna Kulli, St. Gallen, Switzerland

  • 1983

    Cinéma Rex, Neuchatel, Switzerland

    Egg 7, Strengelbach, Switzerland

    Raum fur Malerei, Cologne, Germany

    Galerie Marika Malacorda, Geneva, Switzerland

  • 1982

    Olson Gallery, New York, NY, USA

  • 1981

    Galerie Patrick Verelst, Antwerp, Belgium

  • 1980

    C. Space, New York, NY, USA

    Galerie Marika Malacorda, Geneva, Switzerland

    Gallerie Claude Givaudan, Geneva, Switzerland

    Galerie Gillespie-Laage, Paris, France

  • 1979

    Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY, USA

  • 1977

    Galerie Média, Neuchatel, Switzerland

    Laboratorio, Milan, Italy

  • 1976

    Galerie l’Oeil 2000, Chateauroux, France

    A.D.D.A., Marseille, France

    Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France

    Ecart, Geneva, Switzerland

  • 1975

    Galerie Ben Doute de Tout, Brussels, Belgium

  • 1974

    Galerie Chez Malabar & Cunégonde, Nice, France

    Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France

    Galerie Templon, Milan, Italy

  • 1971

    Galerie Mathias Fels, Paris, France

  • 1970

    H.E.C., Jouy en Josas, France

  • 1969

    Galerie Rive Droite, Paris, France

  • 1968

    Galerie Rive Droite, Paris, France

Public Collections

  • Canada

    National Gallery of Canada, Ontario

  • France

    Centre Pompidou, Paris

  • Switzerland

    Migros Museum, Zurich

    Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne

    Musée des Beaux-Arts, La Chaux-de-Fonds

  • US

    Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

Selected images