Yvon Lambert

Olivier Mosset

26 Apr - 31 May 2014

Exhibition view - Photo Rebecca Fanuele
26 April – 31 May 2014

Yvon Lambert is pleased to announce Olivier Mosset’s exhibition TU M’, MUTT, TUTU., which will be held in the section On Paper from April 26th to May 31st. With this serie of paintings, Oliver Mosset discretely pays homage to the artist Marcel Duchamp.

Since the late 60’s, Olivier Mosset has maintained the aim of deconstructing painting. According to the artist, painting appears as an autonomous «objet-peinture» (object-painting), which articulates itself only with in formal structures. By working on colors and specific forms - determined by the idea of the painting per se -, Olivier Mosset situates these formal elements in a meaning of absolute literality. Placing the abstraction beyond any relation to the image, Olivier Mosset treats the «objet-peinture» as an assisted «ready-made» and demonstrates that the positions of Paul Cézanne and Marcel Duchamp don’t exclude, but rather complete each other. As a matter of fact, the truth of the painting in Olivier Mosset’s work doesn’t reside in an expectation of representation, but in the relation generated by the spectators.

Olivier Mosset was born in Bern in 1944. He lives and works in Tucson, Arizona. Together with Daniel Buren, Michel Parmentier and Niele Toroni he founded the group BMPT in 1967. This experience became apparent in three important events, two of them in the Musée d’Art Moderne de la ville de Paris and one at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. This young group of painters claimed the starting point of painting, namely of an existing painting per se.

His work has been shown in numerous solo exhibitions : Kunsthalle Bern, CH; Musée d’art moderne et contemporain (MAMCO), Genève, CH; Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, CH; Musée d’art contemporain, Lyon, FR; Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York, USA; University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, USA ...

He participated in several collective shows at the LACMA, Los Angeles, USA; Collection Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienne, AT; Museum of Modern Art of St Louis, Missouri, USA; Whitney Biennal, New York, USA; Grand Palais, Paris, FR; Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, CH; Museum Fridericanum, Kassel, GER, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Ma, USA; Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris, FR ...

His installations have been selected in biennials such as the Biennial of Contemporary Art, Le Havre (2008), the Whitney Biennial (2008), Biennial of Valencia (2005), the Biennial of Contemporary Art in Lyon (2003), the Arizona Biennial in Tucson (2001), the 44th Biennial of Venice in 1990, the Biennial of Sydney (1988), the Biennial of Lugano (1968) and the Biennial of Paris (1967).

Tags: Daniel Buren, Paul Cézanne, Marcel Duchamp, Olivier Mosset, Niele Toroni