- Kunstbulletin 6/2019: In Resonanzbereichen. An den Rändern des Sinns, by Birgit Szepanski



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


below: archival image - Coney Island, New York, 2012

Flurin Bisig was born in Samedan, Switzerland.
education, prizes, residencies:
2021        International studio and curatorial program (iscp), New York (USA)
2014-16   HISK Residency Programm, Gent (BE)
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).
2017-18   Artistic researcher Kunsthochschule Kassel (DE)
2003-09   Universität der Künste Berlin (DE)
2002-03   Hochschule für Kunst und Design Luzern (CH)

selected exhibitions:
Love and Work (2007-today), TICK TACK, Antwerp (solo) - (BE)
Annual exhbitions of artists from Graubünden, Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur (CH) 
+1, SAFE GALLERY Berlin (DE)
Am Saum des Sinnes/At The Seam Of Meaning, Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur (solo) - (CH)
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)
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)
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)
It takes two to make an accident, HISK final show - curator: Selen Ansen, Gent (BE)
Now. You are here, Zwartwild, Gent (BE)
Aktuelle Kunst, Stadtmühle Willisau (CH)
Rio sem fumaça, Barracão Maravilha Arte Contemporanea (with Manu Engelen), Rio de Janeiro (BR)
The seismographical back, Kunsthalle São Paulo (solo), (BR)
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)
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)
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)
works in public collections:
Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur (CH), Luzerner Kantonalbank (CH), Kunstkommission des Kantons Luzern (CH)
© Flurin Bisig, 2016. All rights reserved.
© Flurin Bisig
© Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur
© Maurin Bisig, Wolhusen (
© Laure Cottin Stefanelli, Brussels/Paris (
© GJ van Rooij (Gallery Fons Welters, Amsterdam)
© Gnyp Gallery, Berlin
© Tick Tack, Antwerp
Thomas Schmidiger, Bern
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