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Spotlight on Switzerland's Contemporary Artists

For a small country, Switzerland has produced many talented artists known throughout the world and who have truly marked the history of art. Here are a few of them ...

Sophie Taeuber-Arp, was a Swiss artist who belonged to the Dada movement, an intellectual, literary and artistic movement that was created in Zurich around 1916 and aimed to challenge ideological, aesthetic and political conventions. Meret Oppenhiemer worked in the context of the Surrealist movement, creating many surrealist objects, including Le Déjeuner en Fourrure, a cup, saucer and a spoon covered with fur. There is also Alberto Giacometti, an important sculptor of the 20th century known for his elongated cast bronze figures. In 2010, his work The Man Who Walks I (1960) becomes the most expensive sculpture in the world when it was sold for $ 92.5 million by Sotheby's. Jean Tinguely is also a sculptor but he approaches the medium very differently. The artist's main interest was the relationship between art and mechanics, which lead him to create artworks animated by motors. Tinguely creates sculptures that can draw by themselves, which he calls the Meta-Matics.

Today the contemporary Swiss art scene is just as interesting as it was in the past. Indeed, to emphasise the importance of the growing contemporary art scene in Switzerland, Art Paris Art Fair has elected the country as the "guest of honour" for its 2018 edition.

On Artsper you'll find many contemporary Swiss artists. There is the famous Mr. Chat, dreamed up by the artist Thoma Vuille. It is the all too recognisable smiling yellow cat which first appeared first on inaccessible walls in French city but can now be found on canvas and even in the form of sculptures. You'll also discover Roman Signer, who works in various mediums, but who became best known for his performances with an often a humorous tone that he captures through video or photography. In this selection you'll find many more Swiss contemporary artists that you absolutely need to know!

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Our recommendations Jean Zuber, Pseudo Arab symphonie II, Painting

Jean Zuber

Pseudo Arab symphonie II, 2015
21.3 x 31.9 inch
Painting

$4,203

Jan K, Seasonal moods, Drawing

Jan K

Seasonal moods, 2016
15.7 x 15.7 x 1.2 inch
Drawing

$701

Marc Rembold, 100 Years of Readymade / 100 Years of Petrol / Yellow Fluo Diamond Petrol, Sculpture

Marc Rembold

100 Years of Readymade / 100 Years of Petrol / Yellow Fluo Diamond Petrol, 2016
17.7 x 13 x 5.5 inch
Sculpture

$37,922

Christine Seiterle, Dance under the Chandelier, Painting

Christine Seiterle

Dance under the Chandelier, 2011
23.6 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,724

Carlo Schüller, An Evening at Home, Photography

Carlo Schüller

An Evening at Home, 2012
33.5 x 47.2 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$817

Vincent Tagliabue, Tranche de vie, Painting

Vincent Tagliabue

Tranche de vie, 2007
78.7 x 98.4 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$7,005

Till Rabus, Cadavre Exquis N°2, Painting

Till Rabus

Cadavre Exquis N°2, 2016
21.7 x 15.7 x 2 inch
Painting

$5,487

Emilie Gafner, Viaduc d'Austerlitz série les 37 ponts, Photography

Emilie Gafner

Viaduc d'Austerlitz série les 37 ponts, 2010
15.7 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$876

Jürg Kreienbühl, Ali au litre, Print

Jürg Kreienbühl

Ali au litre, 1990
23.6 x 18.1 inch
Print

$584

Katja Loher, Toybubble, Print

Katja Loher

Toybubble, 2014
10.2 x 14.2 x 9.8 inch
Print

$13,310

Jean-Paul Cattin, Winter Windows Serie, Photography

Jean-Paul Cattin

Winter Windows Serie, 2016
57.1 x 40.2 inch
Photography

$3,094

Daniel Storz, Bâle, Photography

Daniel Storz

Bâle, 2015
16.5 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$3,503

Marie-Thérèse Vacossin, Aubres 1, Print

Marie-Thérèse Vacossin

Aubres 1, 2012
29.9 x 22 x 2 inch
Print

$1,144

Rita Martorell, Forget it, Print

Rita Martorell

Forget it, 2010
63 x 45.3 x 1.6 inch
Print

$5,838

Ata Bozaci, Donovan, Painting

Ata Bozaci

Donovan, 2012
59.1 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$7,537

Broken World, Divine Protection, Print

Broken World

Divine Protection, 2017
19.7 x 19.7 inch
Print

$350

Roman Signer, Roman Signer [4 photographies originales], Photography

Roman Signer

Roman Signer [4 photographies originales], 2012
7.1 x 34.6 inch
Photography

$759

Peter Wüthrich, Literary smoke, Drawing

Peter Wüthrich

Literary smoke, 2015
12.6 x 12.6 x 1.6 inch
Drawing

$2,919

Jean Tinguely, Composition pour les JO, Print

Jean Tinguely

Composition pour les JO, 1992
35.4 x 24.8 x 0.4 inch
Print

$701

Philippe Decrauzat, Delay (square to black / 24), Painting

Philippe Decrauzat

Delay (square to black / 24), 2017
56.7 x 56.7 inch
Painting

$39,230

Tero Repo, Iceberg, Photography

Tero Repo

Iceberg, 2012
15.7 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$467

Peter Wüthrich, Literary smoke, Drawing

Peter Wüthrich

Literary smoke, 2015
12.6 x 12.6 x 1.6 inch
Drawing

$2,919

Peter Wüthrich, Literary Portraits, Capote, in Cold Blood, Drawing

Peter Wüthrich

Literary Portraits, Capote, in Cold Blood, 2013
20.9 x 16.5 x 0.8 inch
Drawing

$2,919

Peter Wüthrich, Literary Portraits, Orwel 1984, Drawing

Peter Wüthrich

Literary Portraits, Orwel 1984, 2015
20.9 x 16.5 x 0.8 inch
Drawing

$2,919

Xavier Magaldi, The Guardian Y, Sculpture

Xavier Magaldi

The Guardian Y, 2018
23.6 x 7.9 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$3,503

Ludimilla Moshek, L'élévation, Painting

Ludimilla Moshek

L'élévation, 2016
78.7 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$8,173

Ludimilla Moshek, Dana, Painting

Ludimilla Moshek

Dana, 2013
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$5,721

Jan K, Un coeur gros comme ça, Painting

Jan K

Un coeur gros comme ça, 2018
39.4 x 31.5 x 2 inch
Painting

$3,152

Gabriele Fettolini, Composición, Painting

Gabriele Fettolini

Composición, 2015
11.8 x 11.8 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$759

Xavier Magaldi, Street, Sculpture

Xavier Magaldi

Street, 2018
39.4 x 11.8 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$1,751

Serge Honthaas, Reza by BFM, Photography

Serge Honthaas

Reza by BFM, 2012
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$817

Georgik, Maison de poupées, Painting

Georgik

Maison de poupées, 2010
22.8 x 31.5 inch
Painting

$1,868

Georgik, Soutien-gorge et culotte , Painting

Georgik

Soutien-gorge et culotte , 2004
20.9 x 15 inch
Painting

$1,168

Stéphane Ducret, TR#1631 (Black, Orange & Pink), Painting

Stéphane Ducret

TR#1631 (Black, Orange & Pink), 2016
11.8 x 9.4 x 2 inch
Painting

$1,168

A.R. Darabi, Immersion 1, Painting

A.R. Darabi

Immersion 1, 2013
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,051

Christophe Mandallaz, Avengers, Print

Christophe Mandallaz

Avengers, 2014
40.2 x 40.2 x 1.6 inch
Print

$4,086

Teko van Kuyk, Bird CounterForm, Painting

Teko van Kuyk

Bird CounterForm, 2016
39.4 x 47.2 x 2 inch
Painting

$1,751

Teko van Kuyk, Pineapple #65 (white purple yellow and pink), Painting

Teko van Kuyk

Pineapple #65 (white purple yellow and pink), 2016
19.7 x 13.8 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$292

Christine Seiterle, At the Museum, Painting

Christine Seiterle

At the Museum, 2007
7.1 x 3.9 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$597

David Nicolas Parel, #9 Arnold Classic Europe 2015 (Madrid), Photography

David Nicolas Parel

#9 Arnold Classic Europe 2015 (Madrid), 2015
23.6 x 35.4 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$1,751

Denis Jutzeler, Composition 1623, Photography

Denis Jutzeler

Composition 1623, 2016
23.6 x 18.9 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$1,401

Denis Jutzeler, Composition 1437, Photography

Denis Jutzeler

Composition 1437, 2016
23.6 x 18.9 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$1,401

Denis Jutzeler, Composition 1474, Photography

Denis Jutzeler

Composition 1474, 2016
23.6 x 18.9 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$1,401

Jacques Meystre, Amorgos 1, Photography

Jacques Meystre

Amorgos 1, 2014
35.4 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$1,978

Vincent Tagliabue, Autre regard, Painting

Vincent Tagliabue

Autre regard, 2015
76.8 x 51.2 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$5,254

Alexis Reynaud, Skiers 4459, Photography

Alexis Reynaud

Skiers 4459, 2013
26.4 x 39.4 x 2 inch
Photography

$5,604

Alexis Reynaud, New York 16-025, Photography

Alexis Reynaud

New York 16-025, 2016
31.5 x 63 x 2 inch
Photography

$9,691

Aquilès Yubero, Euro, Print

Aquilès Yubero

Euro, 2016
19.7 x 13.8 inch
Print

$467

Aquilès Yubero, Piscine, Print

Aquilès Yubero

Piscine, 2016
19.7 x 27.6 inch
Print

$467

Odile Meylan, Queen Elizabeth 6, Photography

Odile Meylan

Queen Elizabeth 6, 2006
15.7 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$1,653

Jürg Kreienbühl, Les tours Aillaud, Print

Jürg Kreienbühl

Les tours Aillaud, 1992
33.9 x 25.8 inch
Print

$1,985

Reza Khatir, Oblivion 3, Photography

Reza Khatir

Oblivion 3, 2006
11.8 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$846

Smash137, Siesta, Print

Smash137

Siesta, 2010
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$409

Daniel Storz, Soleure, Photography

Daniel Storz

Soleure, 2010
12.2 x 28 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$1,401

Jean-Paul Cattin, Winter Window's serie, Photography

Jean-Paul Cattin

Winter Window's serie, 2016
57.1 x 40.2 inch
Photography

$3,094

Marie-Thérèse Vacossin, Aubres 3, Print

Marie-Thérèse Vacossin

Aubres 3, 2012
29.9 x 22 x 2 inch
Print

$1,144

Crystel Ceresa, Untitled, Drawing

Crystel Ceresa

Untitled, 2012
33.1 x 25.2 x 1.6 inch
Drawing

$2,685

M.Chat, Very Nice, Painting

M.Chat

Very Nice, 2017
23.6 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch
Painting

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Heidi Schmelzer, Rue Saint Antoine, Painting

Heidi Schmelzer

Rue Saint Antoine, 2016
11.8 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

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Gabriele Fettolini, diapason diptyque, Painting

Gabriele Fettolini

diapason diptyque, 2009
29.9 x 44.1 x 0.8 inch
Painting

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