current & forthcoming:
At The Seam Of Meaning / Am Saum des Sinnes, Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur (solo) - (CH), 16 Mar - 18 Aug 2019
Berlin Collage and beyond - 100 years after Dada, Bienal de Curitiba 2019, Oscar Niemeyer Museum, Curitiba (BR), Oct 2019 - Jan 2020

 

 
 
 
 

 

About

In his work Swiss artist Flurin Bisig explores, above all, the power of sculpture. By continually questioning how the medium is characterized and defined, he finds impetus for his reflections everywhere in everyday life – from the entangled legs of a couple, to a room marked by the commanding posture of a waitress. The work Viva Last Blues is characterized by this desire to experiment, as are other expressive individual pieces, which at the same time form a unity that clearly originates from the same aesthetic cosmos. Beginning with drawings, the work process involved is slower and more concrete, due to the sculptor’s choice of traditional materials. By this means, they evoke classical sculpture and thus at the same time reanimate the past – or rather, propel it forward. Furthermore, Bisig succeeds in skillfully controlling or even inverting the expected visual effect of his materials. For instance, a piece of tape placed on the edge of a plaster figure appears to hold the solid body together – as if it were a delicate eggshell – thus giving it such an air of instability that viewers approach it gingerly.


In addition to his sculptural practice, for over ten years Bisig has been creating works on paper, which he numbers consecutively. Inspired by Robert Morris’s Blind Drawings and operating under a set of rules, drawings 259–269 (wir körper 1zu4/us bodies 1to4) form a series in its own right.

 

Klara Niemann

biography 
 
Flurin Bisig was born in Switzerland.
 
education, prizes, residencies:
 
2014-16   HISK Residency Programm, Gent (BE)
2003-09   Universität der Künste Berlin (DE)
2002-03   Hochschule für Kunst und Design Luzern (CH)
 
 
2013        Residency at Barracão Maravilha, Rio de Janeiro (BR)
2012        Residency at Kunsthaus 19/21, Pforzheim (DE).
2011        Working stipend from the city and the canton Lucerne (CH).
2009        Helmut-Thoma-award, Berlin (DE).
2008        Bernhard-Heiliger-stipend, Berlin (DE).
2007        NICA-exchange-scholarship at Hunter College, New York (USA).
 

selected exhibitions:
 
Berlin Collage and beyond - 100 years after Dada, Oscar Niemeyer Museum, Curitiba (BR) - (forthcoming)
Am Saum des Sinnes/At The Seam Of Meaning, Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur (solo) - (CH)
2019
 
This is how I start another day in kingdom, fourseasonsberlin °8, Berlin (solo) - (DE)
Kunstschaffen Glarus 2018, Off Kunsthaus Glarus (CH)
Zentralschweizer Kunstschaffen XL, Kunstmuseum Luzern (CH)
Standard International #5: Spatial Manifestation, GLINT/Loop Raum für aktuelle Kunst, Berlin (DE)
3X Sculpture, GNYP Gallery, Berlin (with Umut Yasat and Habib Farajabadi) - (DE)
Face my boost by your ShotSpotter, Hardstrasse 43, Basel (CH)
2018
 
Catch of the Year 2017, DIENSTGEBAEUDE Zurich (CH)
Swiss Art Awards 2017, Messe Basel (CH)
De Nieuwe Garde, Kunst in huis-expo, Antwerp (BE)
Little Hisk, Poortgebouw, Antwerp Art Weekend (BE)
Eutopia '28', Cultuurcentrum Strombeek (BE)
2017
 
Jahresausstelllung Zentralschweizer Kunstschaffen, Museum of Art Lucerne (CH)
There's a gap in between / There's a gap where we meet / Where I end and you begin, Coup de Ville @ Nylonfabrik, Sint-Niklaas (BE)
The outer limit of some thing, Lamart Projects Antwerp (@ former Gallery Marion De Cannière), (BE)
2016
 
It takes two to make an accident, HISK final show - curator: Selen Ansen, Gent (BE)
2015
 
Now. You are here, Zwartwild, Gent (BE)
Aktuelle Kunst, Stadtmühle Willisau (CH)
2014
 
Rio sem fumaça, Barracão Maravilha Arte Contemporanea (with Manu Engelen), Rio de Janeiro (BR)
The seismographical back, Kunsthalle São Paulo (solo), (BR)
2013
 
Zentralschweizer Kunstschaffen, Museum of Arts Lucerne (CH)
Werkbeiträge 2012 Kt. und St. Luzern, Monosuisse (akku), Emmen-Lucerne (CH)
How Did The Night Get So Strong, Ringstube, Mainz (DE)
Pursue Other Avenues, Corner-College, Zurich (CH)
2012
 
Werkbeiträge 2011 Kt. und St. Luzern, Kunsthalle Lucerne (CH)
About Abstraction, KTV-Club, Berlin (DE)
Aus einem steinleichten Schweigen heraus, Hans-Kock Foundation, Kiel (solo), (DE)
Mit dem Rücken zum Publikum, Wäscherei Kunstverein Zurich (solo), (CH)
Ausgewählt, Kunstplattform Akku Emmen, Emmenbrücke-Lucerne (CH)
2011
 
Zentralschweizer Kunstszenen, Museum of Arts Lucerne (CH)
In the fall of twothousandandten we flowed upstream and had nothing to eat, Gallery Suzy Shammah, Milan (with Mickaël Marchand), (IT)
The first Rendez-Vous, Playstation at Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam (solo), (NL)
Zwischen zwei Investoren, Klasse Slotawa: former studio building of Anton v. Werner, Potsdamerstrasse, Berlin (DE)
Gute Karten, Award-winners and fellows of UdK Berlin 2008-2010, Haus am Kleistpark, Berlin (DE)
Wir können auch anders!, Bourouina Gallery, Berlin (DE)
2010
contact
 
mail@flurinbisig.com
 
impressum:
© Flurin Bisig, 2016. All rights reserved.
 
photography:
© Flurin Bisig
© Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur
© Maurin Bisig, Wolhusen (maurin-bisig.ch)
© Laure Cottin Stefanelli, Brussels/Paris (laurestefanellicottin.fr)
© GJ van Rooij (Gallery Fons Welters, Amsterdam)
 
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Thomas Schmidiger, Bern
 
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