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Almine Rech


The Kunsthalle Marcel Duchamp presents 'EXPERIENCES'. 

Born in Geneva in 1948, John M Armleder has always cultivated an art form at the porous boundary with everyday life. In 1969, in the wake of the Fluxus movement, he founded the Ecart group with Patrick Lucchini and Claude Rychner, whose gal-lery and bookshop hosted exhibitions, performances and creation of multiples artists prints until 1982. This alternative space is considered by many to be one of the most important in Europe during the 1970s. In 1986, Armleder represented Switzerland at the Venice Biennale. His «furniture-sculptures», named after Erik Satie’s furniture music, brought him international acclaim. In the 1990s, in reference to American abstract painting, he developed what he calls «pour» and «puddle paintings», in which pigment is spread randomly over huge canvases, concealing nothing of the work’s production process. In the 2000s, his practice increasingly took the form of exhibitions in themselves, where large-format equipment, neon lights and B-movies accumulated to form the basis of a keyed scenario, a freely interpretable score.

— Julie Enckell

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