NERO is pleased to invite you to the book launch of the catalog following Anton Bruhin’s retrospective at the Istituto Svizzero in Milan, Le caselle di Anton Bruhin, in late 2015. The book launch will take place at Kunstgriff Zürich this Friday, 28th of October 2016, 6-8 pm. The artist will be present at the event and he will sign the copies of those who buy the book.

The catalog gathers works from different periods of the artist’s career, giving particular prominence to his drawings in analog and digital form — the Pixel-Bildli and Hice for Weiss series, or his plastic mosaics. A foreword by the artistic director of the Istituto Svizzero who commissioned the show Salvatore Lacagnina and a contribution by the curator Arthur Fink introduce the reader to Bruhin’s multifarious work, while a conversation with the artist helps unfold his eclectic strategies.

In the 1960s, Bruhin began organizing happenings and performances, designing and typesetting his own books, drawing, and writing prose and poetry. In the 1980s, he turned primarily to painting landscapes and townscapes en plein air, whilst also painting interiors and portraits of friends and acquaintances. In the 1990s, Bruhin focused mainly on music and poetry, composing palindromes and experimental lyric poetry, and devoting himself to one of the oldest instruments in the world — the Jew’s harp. After the turn of the millennium he returned to pictorial art, painting, drawing, working on digital pictorial worlds and his DIY publishing strategy. Bruhin enjoys serial approaches, taking pleasure in setting his own parameters and producing visual grammars, which are sounded out, extended and expanded to explore every possibility and permutation.

Bruhin exemplifies a generation of Swiss artists who build on the recent past, always playfully subverting it, and liberating it from existential pathos. This catalog pays tribute to the lightness and contemporary character of Bruhin’s images, their translatability, their immediate status as classics.

The book has been published with the support of the Istituto Svizzero di Roma.

For more information on the catalog, click here.

Kunstgriff Zürich Limmatstrasse 270 8005 Zürich
28 October 2016, 6-8pm