John M Armleder

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John Armleder was born in Geneva in 1948, where he lives and works.

His career spans five decades and synthesises many of the competing aesthetic developments associated with that period. Student of Fluxus in Geneva in the 1960s, and founder of the Ecart group, Armleder was later, in the 1980s, associated with Neo-Geometric Conceptualism. He is known for the variety of his work, which combines Fluxus spirit and abstract painting, readymade and sculpture, performance and room-size installations. As a painter, sculptor and performance artist, Armleder constantly asks questions about what art is, what it can do, and what art is allowed. From room-size installations to abstract paintings, from geometrical constructivist paintings to furniture sculptures and pattern-strewn wallpapers, his art admittedly takes on attributes of Suprematist painting, Minimalist sculpture, Concrete Art and Dada readymades, among other movements.

His work is in the permanent collections of many museums, including the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Long Museum, Shanghai, China; Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles; Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland; Museion Foundation - Modern and Contemporary Art Museum, Bolzano, Italy; and Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden.

Solo exhibitions
Country, Exhibition Name, Location
F, Yakety Yak, MRAC Occitanie
D, Solid Coated, Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin
CH, John Armleder – Furniture Sculptures, Galerie Andrea Caratsch, St. Moritz
F, John Armleder, MASSIMODECARLO Pièce Unique, Paris
PRC, Again, Just Again, Rockbund Art Museum
PRC, Sequitur, Almine Rech Gallery
F, White Plate, White Cup, Galerie Jean Brolly
The John Armleder and Rob Pruitt Show, Massimo De Carlo, VSpace
B, It Never Ends, Kanal Centre Pompidou
USA, Sh/Ash/Lash/Splash, David Kordansky Gallery
CH, Quicksand II, Musée d'art moderne et contemporain (MAMCO)
USA, Spoons, moons and masks, Aspen Art Museum
D, John M Armleder, Schirn Kunsthalle
I, Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose, Museion
I, 360° Curated by Andrea Viliani, Silvia Salvati, Madre - Museo d'arte contemporanea Donnaregina
CH, Sans Titre, Gare Cornavin - passage Montbrillant
CH, Déjà, Galerie Andrea Caratsch
F, John M Armleder, Almine Rech Gallery
UK, RCHX, Massimo De Carlo, London
USA, John M Armleder Curated by Nicolas Trembley, Almine Rech Gallery
I, Stockage, Istituto Svizzero di Roma
I, Better, Quasi, Massimo De Carlo
F, À rebours, La Salle de Bains
IT, Split! Curated by Andrea Viliani, Museo e Real Bosco Di Capodimonte
A, Fish, Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman
GR, John M Armleder, Athens School of Fine Arts
I, Endless, Museion
CH, Art Basel Unlimited, Basel
I, Let it Shine, Let it Shine, Let it Shine. It’s Xmas again! Curated by Cloe Piccoli, La Rinascente
I, Charivari, Massimo De Carlo
F, John M Armleder, Académie Conti
D, It's that Time of the Year, Too, Galerie Mehdi Chouakri
Group exhibitions
Country, Exhibition Name, Location
US, 20, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles
D, UNTIEFEN, Schauwerk Sindelfingen, Sindelfingen
I, Room Service, MASSIMODECARLO, Milano
I, InterAction, Fondazione Made in Cloister, Napoli
A, What Can Artists Do Now?, Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman, Vienna
I, Winter Wunderkammer, MASSIMODECARLO, VSpace
CH, Open House, Genthod, Genève
PRC, Reflections: Party Fiction, WOAW gallery
CH, &, MAMCO Genève
CH, Geometric Opulence, Museum Haus Konstruktiv
I, X_Minimal, Cassina Projects, Milano
I, Villa Chiuminatto, Villa Chiuminatto, Torino
PRC, Light Falls, Blanc Art Group
I, Il sogno di Antonio: un viaggio tra arte e tessuto, Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Como
PRC, Light Falls, MASSIMODECARLO BEIJING Pop-UP at Blanc Art Group, Beijing
B, It Never Ends - Part 2, Kanal Centre Pompidou
I, Stop Painting, Fondazione Prada, Venezia
CH, Môtiers - Art en plein air
F, Un Hiver à Gstaad Paris, Galerie Almine Rech
D, Ich hab im Traum die Schweiz Gesehn, Galerie Tan
I, Antonio's Dream: A Journey Through Art and Textile, Villa Olmo
CH, Open House, Genthod
MASSIMO DE CARLO FOR MILANO: A Benefit Sale to Support Local Hospitals, ARTSY
L, Les 25 ans de la Collection Mudam Curated by Lisa Baldelli and Marie Noelle Farcy, Mudam Luxembourg
CH, First Choice, Kunsthalle 8000
F, Parcours de sculpture, Domaine du Muy
CH, After Bob Ross, Beauty Is Everywhere, Museum Bellpark
PRC, Spring, Almine Rech Gallery
F, Summer, Almine Rech Gallery
CH, Panorama, galerie lange + pult
UK, Grace Before Jones: Camera, Disco, Studio Curated by Cédric Fauq with Olivia Aherne, Nottingham Contemporary


Author, Publication Title, Date
RTBF Culture, February 1,
RTBF Culture, April
Languin, Irène, TdG Culture
Viola, Eugenio, Arte, August
Annarumma, Maria Teresa, Flash Art, October/November
Gianquitto, Diana, Artribune, September/October
Moschin, Claudio, La Voce di New York, September
The Art Newspaper, June
Mamco Journal
Neuendorf, Henri,
Voien, Guelda,
Alm, David,
Drohojowska-Philp, Hunter,
Casavecchia, Barbara, Mousse, November
Godino, Federico, Artribune, November
Pola, Francesca, Artforum, December
Colombo, Daniela, Arteecritica
Arte Magazine, 9 May
Baku, Winter
Meneguzzo, Marco, ArtForum, Summer
Galbiati, Monica,, March 9th
Bellini, Andrea e Graff Jeanne, Kaleidoscope, Summer
Duray, Dan, ARTNEWS, November
Walleston, Aimee, Art in America, 10 February
Latimer, Quinn, frieze, January-February
Klein, Michael, Artwrit
Titolo, A., Artribune, January-February
Stroun, Fabrice, Artforum, April
Rumney, Sandro e Gregory Volk, Away, Exhibition Catalogue. Venezia,, Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Chaillou, Timothée,, December 9th
D'Aurizio, Michele, KALEIDOSCOPE, Fall
Ibrido - Genetica delle forme d’arte, Exhibition Catalogue. Milano, PAC, March

Public collections

Sammlung Ludwig/Museum Xx. Jahrhundert, Wien
Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Wien
Long Museum, Shanghai
Kunstmuseum, Aarhus
Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek
Centre National d'Art et de la Culture Georges Pompidou, Paris
FNAC - Fond National d’Art Contemporain, Paris
FRAC - Fonds Regional d'Art Contemporain Bourgogne, Dijon
FRAC - Fonds Regional d'Art Contemporain Bretagne, Châteaugiron
FRAC - Fonds Regional d'Art Contemporain Grand Large, Houts-de-France
FRAC - Fonds Regional d'Art Contemporain Pays de Loire, Carquefou
FRAC - Fonds Regional d'Art Contemporain, Alsace
FRAC - Fonds Regional d'Art Contemporain, Aquitaine
FRAC - Fonds Regional d'Art Contemporain, Artothèque du Limousin
FRAC - Fonds Regional d'Art Contemporain, Nord-Pas de Calais
Le Consortium, Dijon
Les Abattoirs de Toulouse, Toulouse Artothèque de Caen, Caen
Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris
Musée de Peinture et de Sculpture, Grenoble
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lyon
Daimler Chrysler Contemporary, Berlin
Kunstsammlungen zu Weimar - Neues Museum, Weimar
Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart
Städel Museum, Frankfurt
Weimar Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin
ZKM Museum für Neue Kunst & Medienmuseum, Karlsruhe Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart
Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens
Nýlistasafni - The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik
Capodimonte Real Bosco Museum, Napoli
Museion Foundation - Modern and Contemporary Art Museum, Bolzano
Trevi Flash Art Museum of Contemporary Art, Trevi
Aishti Foundation, Beirut


John Armleder
John Armleder
Public collections
John Armleder