Not Vital

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Born in 1948, in Sent, Switzerland
Lives and works in Lucca, Italy; Sent, Engadin; Patagonia, Chile; and Agadez, Niger.

Solo Exhibitions

2016
‘Not Vital’, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, United Kingdom
‘12+2+1’, Art Bärtschi & Cie, Geneva, Switzerland 

2015
‘Not Vital. Esculturas & desenhos’, Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo, Brazil
‘Not Vital’, Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
‘NOT VITAL: 700 SNOWBALLS’, Galerie Andrea Caratsch, St. Moritz, Switzerland
‘Not Vital: Bellaval’, Kloster Schoenthal Foundation, Switzerland 

2014
'Not Vital: Sculpture 1986-2013', Galerie Andrea Caratsch, St Moritz, Switzerland
‘Tanter’, Cabinet d'Arts Graphiques, Musées d'Art et d'Histoire, Geneva, Switzerland 
‘Not Vital’, Galería Patricia Ready, Santiago, Chile
‘Allende by Not Vital’, Ejercicios Mosqueto, Santiago, 
Heads, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France 
‘The Drawing Show: Not Vital “Snow", Akira Ikeda Gallery, New York City, U.S.A.
Not Vital: Skulptur 1986 – 2013’, Galerie Andrea Caratsch, St. Moritz, Switzerland 
‘Not Vital: PIZ’, Gian Enzo Sperone, Sent, Switzerland 
‘Everton, Sperone Westwater, New York City, U.S.A. 
‘Il pavimento della cucina di mia nonna, Museo d’Arte di Mendrisio, Mendrisio, Switzerland

2013
'guarda', Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing, China
700 Snowballs, Officina dell'Arte Spirituale, Abbazia di San Giorgio Maggiore, Isola di san Giorgio, Venice
'Not Vital: Landscapes', Ben Brown Fine Arts, Hong Kong

2012
'5 Spaniards & Nothing', Ivorypress Art+Books Space, Madrid
'Not Vital', Sperone Westwater, New York
'Let One Hundred Flowers Bloom', Kunstraum Dornbirn, Dornbirn, Austria
'Not Vital: Works 1989 - 2011', Schauwerk, Sindelfingen, Germany

2011
'The Drawing Show', Akira Ikeda Gallery, New York
'Plasters', Akira Ikeda Gallery, Tokyo
‘Sculptures, Diao Su’, Galerie Thaddaeus Roppac, Paris
‘Hanging and Waiting’, Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels
‘Full On’, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Bejing
Akira Ikeda Gallery, Tokyo
‘The Drawing Show’, Akira Ikeda Gallery, New York

2010
‘Suicides’, Ben Brown Fine Arts, London
‘Places in the World’, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris

2009
Kunsthalle Wien, Schlafendes Haus, Vienna
‘Pelvis’, Galerie Luciano Fasciati, Chur, Switzerland
‘Not Why’, Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing

2008
‘Let One Hundred Flowers Bloom’, Currents – Art and Music, Beijing
‘10 Austrians + more’, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria

2007
‘Punts’, Galerie Luciano Fasciati, Chur, Switzerland
‘Not Vital: Lotus, Coffee and Stone Pine, Portraits, Snow and Boyfriend’, Sperone Westwater Gallery, New York
‘Not Vital’, Ca' Pesaro, Venice, Italy

2006
‘Not Vital’, The Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago
‘Not Vital’, Galerie Guy Bärtschi, Geneva

2005
‘Agadez, Afrika’, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany
‘Not Vital’, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris
‘Agadez’, Albion Gallery, London
‘Drawings and Sculptures’, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria

2004
Galerie Andrea Caratsch, Zurich
‘Not Vital’, Sperone Westwater, New York
‘Not Vital, Milla Larmas Id Ün Chamel’, Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin
‘Not Vital, 300 Camels’, Central House of Artists, Moscow
Aidan Gallery, Moscow
New Tretiakov Gallery, Moscow

2003
‘Not Vital’, Museum Chasa Jaura, Valchava, Switzerland
‘Not Vital’, Galerie Tschudi, Zuoz, Switzerland
Museo Cantonale d’Arte, Lugano, Switzerland

2002
‘FAT ES FAT, Druckgrafik und Multiples 1986-2002’, Kunsthalle Göppingen, Göppingen, Germany
Museum zum Allerheiligen, Schaffhausen, Switzerland
‘Not Vital, Mias muntogna’, Edith Wahlandt Galerie, Stuttgart, Germany
‘Vital’, Galerie Guy Bärtschi, Geneva

2001
49th Biennale diVenezia, Venice, Italy
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris
Galleria Cardi, Milan, Italy

2000
‘Not Vital’, Nils Staerk Contemporary Art, Copenhagen
‘Meine Schafe’, Galerie Luciano Fasciati, Chur, Switzerland

1999
‘Snowballs’, Sperone Westwater, New York

1998
‘Skulpturer Och Teckningar’, Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm
‘Nototo’, Milleventi, Milan, Italy

1997
‘Not Vital’, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden
‘Not Vital New Sculpture’, Sperone Westwater, New York
‘Totem und Tabu’, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany

1996
‘Schoppa’, Galerie Luciano Fasciati, Chur, Switzerland
‘Preschentaziun dal Nuov Cudesch’, Galleria d’Art Center Augustin, Scuol, Switzerland

1995
Galleria Gian Enzo Sperone, Rome
‘Sculpture’, Sperone Westwater, New York
‘Private View’, Berggruen & Zevi, London

1994
Galerie Edith Wahlandt, Stuttgart, Germany
Mendelson Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
Berggruen & Zevi, London

1993
Galerie Lehmann, Lausanne, Switzerland
‘Not Vital: Cow Dung, New Bronze Works’, Wooster Gardens, New York
‘Not Vital, Disegns/Squitschs in Lain, Zeichnungen/Holzschnitte’, Galleria d’Art Center Augustin Scuol, Scuol, Switzerland
Galerie Niels Ewerbeck, Vienna

1992
‘Not Vital, sculture recenti’ Studio Guenzani, Milan, Italy
‘Cacche Di Mucca’, Galleria Via Farini, Milan, Italy
‘18 Buatschas’, Kunsthandlung Luciano Fasciati, Chur, Switzerland
‘Not Vital, Bronzen’, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria

1991
‘Not Vital, Druck-Graphik & Multiples’, Bundner Kunstmuseum Chur, Switzerland

1990
PS Gallery, Tokyo
Curt Marcus Gallery, New York
Galerie Ascan Crone, Hamburg, Germany
‘Prix BCG ’90’, Museé Rath, Geneva

1989
‘Not Vital at Akhnaton’, Centre of Arts, Akhnaton Hall, Zamalek, Cairo
‘Sculptures and works on paper’, The Greenberg Gallery Annex, St Louis, MO
‘Not Vital, Dessins et sculptures’, Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris
Galerie Montenay, Paris

1988
‘Bilder und Skulpturen’, Binz 39, Scuol, Switzerland
‘Not Vital, Plastiken und Zeichnungen’, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Luzern, Switzerland
Curt Marcus Gallery, New York
Galerie Ascan Crone, Hamburg, Germany
‘Not Vital, Works on Paper’, Swiss Institute, New York

1987
‘Not Vital, Skulpturen’, Galerie Rudolf Zwirner, Cologne, Germany
Forum Art Fair, Zurich

1986
‘Not Vital, Sculpture + Drawings’, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles
Nature Morte Gallery, New York
Galleria Pinta, Genova, Italy

1985
‘Not Vital, Drawings and Sculpture’, Willard Gallery, New York
‘Not Vital, Sculpturen en Tekeningen’, Galerie Barbara Farber, Amsterdam

1984
Nature Morte Gallery, New York
‘Recent Sculptures and Drawings’, Mendelson Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
‘Not Vital, Plastiken und Zeichnungen’, Galerie Hartmann, St Gallen, Switzerland

1983
Mendelson Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

1982
Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus, Switzerland
‘Not Vital, Zeichnungen und Objekte’, Gimpel-Hanover and Andre Emmerich Galerien, Zurich

1981
Alstadt-Gallerie, Chur, Switzerland
‘Not Vital, Recent Drawings’, Albert White Gallery, Toronto

1980
Gimpel-Hanover and Andre Emmerich Galerien, Zurich
Mendelson Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

1979
Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur, Chur, Switzerland

1974
Dritte Galerie, Zofingen, Switzerland

1973
Galleria LP 220, Turin, Italy

1972
Galleria Diagramma, Milan, Italy

1971
Galerie d’art Moderne, Chur, Switzerland

Group Exhibitions

2016
'La Collezione. Nuove consonanze', Museo d'Arte della Svizzera italianna, Lugano, Switzerland
‘Press ART. Opere dalla collezione Annette e Peter Nobel’, Museo d’arte della Svizzera italiana, Lugano, Switzerland

2015
‘Parcours 2015’, Domaine du Muy, Contemporary Sculpture Park, Le Muy, France
‘30 YEARS. Artists of the Gallery’, Galerie Tschudi, Zuoz, Switzerland
‘Space Age’, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris Pantin, France
‘Muster, Modelle, Parodien. Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Gerhard Richter, Not Vital’, Nietzsche-Haus, Sils Maria, Switzerland
‘Not Vital e Laura Bott’, Chasa Jaura Museum, Val Müstair, Switzerland
‘AFRICA. ARCHITECTURE, CULTURE AND IDENTITY’, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark
Biennale Skulpturen Symposium, Winterthur, Switzerland
‘Simple Forms: Contemplating Beauty’, Mori ArtMuseum, Tokyo, Japan
‘Signs/Words’, Sperone Westwater, New York, U.S.A.

2014
‘Between heaven and hell’, Elevation1049, Gstaad
‘One Way: Peter Marino’, Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.A.
‘M Home: Living in Space’, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing, China
‘Inhabiting the World’, Busan Biennale 2014, Busan, South Korea
‘FOR YOUR EYES ONLY’, Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland
‘Unterirdisch - Das Spektakel des Unsichtbaren’, Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
‘Bloodflames Revisited’, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York City, U.S.A.
‘ALPENLIEBE’, Kaiser Franz Josefs Höhe Centre, Carinthia & East Tyrol, Austria
‘Platform’, Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
‘FOR YOUR EYES ONLY’, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy
‘Des Hommes et La Forêt’, Château de Nyon, Nyon, Switzerland

2012
‘Carpe Diem’, Toyota Municipal Museum, Nagoya, Japan
‘Marble Sculpture from 350 B.C to last week’, Sperone Westwater, New York
‘Art et Nature’, Jardin du Havel, Saint Hymer, France
‘Printin’’, The Museum of Modern Art, New York City, U.S.A.
‘White: Marble and Paint, From Antiquity to Now’, Robilant + Voena, London, U.K.
‘Formungen’, Galerie Luciano Fasciati, Chur, Switzerland
‘10 Years in the Engadin’, Galerie Tschudi, Zuoz, Switzerland

2010-2011
'Director’s Choice', Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur, Switzerland
'Idea and Object', Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria
'The Unknown Collection from Bielefeld', Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bonn, Germany

2010
'25 Jahre Galerie Tschudi', Galerie Tschudi, Zurich
'Tuileries 2010', (part of FIAC Paris 2010), Paris

2009
‘Fuentes. Artists and Their Inspirations’, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria
‘Fuentes. Non-European Influences on Contemporary Artists’, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris

2008
‘Not Vital and Emil Lukas’, Mendelson Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
‘Blood on Paper’, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
‘Wunderkammer: A Century of Curiosities’, MoMA, New York

2007
‘25 Jahre Galerie Crone’, Galerie Crone, Berlin
‘Exposures, the contemporary self-portrait’, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria
‘Von Tag zu Tag’, Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur, Chur, Switzerland
‘Contemporary Art on Paper’, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
‘Collective One’, Galerie Guy Bärtschi, Geneva

2006
‘zeichnungen’, NAIRS – Art e Cultura in Engadina, Scuol, Switzerland
‘Gunnar A Kaldewey: Artist Books for a Global World; Four Collaborations in Dept’, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
‘Summer Exhibition’, Sperone Westwater Gallery, New York
‘Visioni del Paradiso’, Instituto Svizzero di Roma, Rome
‘Mountains’, Fondation Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland

2005
‘Artists of the gallery’, Galerie Tschudi, Glarus, Switzerland

2004
Sperone Westwater, New York
Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin
Alden Gallery, Moscow
New Tretiakov Gallery, Moscow

2003
Museum Chasa Jaura, Valchava, Switzerland
Museo Cantonale d'Arte, Lugano, Switzerland

2002
Kunsthalle Goppingen, Goppingen, Germany
Museum zum Allerheiligen, Schaffhausen, Switzerland

2001
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg
49th Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy

2000
Nils Staerk Galerie, Copenhagen, Denmark

1999
Versicherungsbank AG, Unterföhring, Germany
‘Impressing The Body’, Fine Arts Center, University Gallery, University Of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
‘Magisches Rätisches Dreieck, Drei Künstler - Drei Positionen’, Museum Galerie Schloss Landeck, Landeck, Austria

1998
7 Triennale der Kleinplastik, Fellbach, Germany
Galleria Maria Cilena, Milano, Italy

1997
‘Objectivity’, Contemporary Art Center Of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA
‘Animeaux et animeaux’, Zeitgenöss Kunst und Zoologie, Museum zu Allerheiligen, Schaffhausen, Switzerland

1996
‘The Material Imagination, Untitled’, Guggenheim Museum, New York
‘Thinking Print, Books to Billboards, 1980 − 1995’, MoMA, New York
‘Übergänge - Kunst aus Graubünden 1936 − 1996’, Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur, Chur, Switzerland

1995
‘(W) H O (W) ARE YOU?’, Galerie Anhava, Helsink
‘Show Of Sculpture’, Sperone Westwater, New York
‘Schrift Im Bild’, Galerie Luciano Fasciati, Chur, Switzerland
‘Beyond Switzerland - Works by Contemporary Swiss Artists’, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, China
‘1994-1995 Drawing in Black and White, A Selection of Contemporary Works’, MoMA, New York
‘A Century of Artists Books’, MoMA, New York

1994
‘The Body Human’, Nohra Haime Gallery, New York
‘Projekt Schweiz II, Natur – Kultur’, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland

1993
‘Self - Evidence, Self-Portraits in Prints and Photographs’, New York Public Library, New York
‘Across The River and Into The Trees, a Sculpture Show’, The Rushmore Festival, Rushmore, MN

1992
‘Drawn in the 90’s’, Travelling Exhibition: The Katonah Museum of Art, Egypt ; Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington, IN ; Kerr Gallery, Alberta College of Art, Calgary, Canada ; Hunstville Museum of Art, Hunstville, AL
‘Not Vital und Florio Puenter’, Pinta Galleria, Geneva
‘Skulpturen und Arbeiten auf Papier’, Galerie Nova Fredi Buenchel, Pontresina, Switzerland

1991
‘Druckgraphik & Multiples’, Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur, Chur, Switzerland
‘Skulpturen - Bilder – Grafiken’, Galerie Nova, Pontresina, Switzerland
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria

1989
‘Monochrome’, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA
‘The New Poverty II’, Meyers Bloom Gallery, St Monica, CA
‘Object of Thought, A Collection of Objects and Small Sculptures’, Anders Tornberg Gallery, New York
‘The 1980s, Prints from the Collection of Joshua P Smith’, National Gallery of Art, Washington
‘La Suisse Romance Vue Par Iso Camartin’, Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris
‘Reflets Contemporains d’une Collection’, Musée Pulliérane, Pully, France ; Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville du Locle, Switzerland
‘Projects and Portfolios’, Brooklyn Museum, New York

1988
‘Blow Up’, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Lucerne, Switzerland
‘Works on Paper’, Curt Marcus Gallery, New York
‘Off White’, Diane Brown Gallery, New York
‘Not Vital, Salvatore Scarpitta’, Studio Guenzani, Milan, Italy
‘Konfrontationen von Angelika Kauffmann bis Miriam Cahn’, Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur, Chur, Swtizerland
‘Not Vital, Ange Leccia, Dennis Adams’, Galerie Faust, Geneva
‘Recent Acquisitions’, MoMA (Dept. of Prints and Illustrated Books), New York

1987
‘The New Poverty’, John Gibson Gallery, New York
‘Drawing Since 1940’, MoMA, New York
‘16 Schweizer Kunstler, Druck-Graphik der 80er Jahre’, Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur, Chur, Swtizerland
‘Similia / Dissimilia’, Städtische Kunsthalle, Dusseldorf, Germany ; Wallach Art Gallery, at the University of Columbia, New York ;  Leo Castelli Gallery, New York ; Sonnabend Gallery, New York ; Curt Marcus Gallery, New York
‘The Antique Future’, Massimo Audiello Gallery, New York
‘Three Swiss artists: Rosmarie Koczy, Oliver Mosset, Not Vital’, Walls and Spaces, New York

1986
‘Invitational Exhibition’, Curt Marcus Gallery, New York
Brooklyn Museum, New York
‘Time After Time’, Diana Brown Gallery, New York
Willard Gallery, New York
‘Verso Sud e Verso Nord - Artisti italiani e svizzeri’, Palazzo Vagnotti, Cortona, Italy

1985
‘Large Drawings’, MoMA, New York
Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur, Chur, Switzerland
‘Male Sexuality’, Art City, New York
Gallery Nature Morte, New York
‘Graffiti And East Village Artists’, Librizzi Gallery, New York
‘Objects of Comfort’, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ
‘Cult and Decorum’, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York
‘American Paintings 1975 − 1985’, The Aaron and Phillis Katz Collection, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO

1984
‘Aspekte Aktueller Bündner Kunst’, Bündner Kunstmuseum, Chur, Chur, Swtizerland
‘Jim Colarusso, Michael Hafftka, Christoph Hertzog, Not Vital’, Mendelson Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
‘Wedge Benefit’, Nature Morte Gallery, New York
‘Selected Drawings by eleven Artists’, Willard Gallery, New York
‘Eccentric Image(s)’, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles

1983
‘Das Auslöschen Der Bilder Durch Die Zeit’, Galerie Claudia Knapp, Chur, Switzerland
‘Twelve Swiss Artists’, Gimpel-Hanover + André Emmerich Galleries, Zurich
Gimpel-Hanover Gallery, London
‘Not Vital, Steve Staso, Julian L Mosca’, Vulpera Niveau Gallery, New York
‘New Expressions’, Leonarda di Mauro Gallery, New York
‘Joseph Nechvatal, Not Vital, Robin Weglinski’, Nature Morte Gallery, New York

1982
Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur, Chur, Swtizerland
‘Yulla Lipchitz And Not Vital’, Mendelson Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
‘Animals And Archetypes’, P.S. 122, New York

1980
Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur, Chur, Switzerland

1979
‘Sommerausstellung’, Galerie Schöner Wohnen, Zurich, Switzerland
‘Weihnachtsausstellung der Bündner Künstler’, Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur, Chur, Switzerland

1977
Städtische Galerie zum Strauhof, Zurich, Switzerland

1976
Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur, Chur, Switzerland

Public Collections

The West Collection, Oaks, PA
Museum of Modern Art, New York
The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn
Guggenheim Museum, New York
Carnegie Institute, Pittsburg, PA
Musee d’Art et Histoire, Geneva
Bunder Kunstmuseum, Chur, Switzerland
Kunstmuseum, Glarus, Switzerland
Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland
Kunstmuseum Luzern, Luzern, Switzerland
Graphische Sammlung der ETH Zurich, Zurich
Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria
The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford, UK
The Museum of Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany
Burger Collection, Berlin
Haus für Mozart, Salzburg, Austria
Il Giardino di Daniel Spoerri, Seggiano, Italy
Sammlung Schaufler im Schauwerk, Sindelfingen, Germany