On the occasion of two museum shows in Switzerland this summer, a solo exhibition at Kunstmuseum Thun and a participation in a Hans Emmenegger major retrospective at the Fondation de l'Hermitage, Lausanne, and in anticipation of a solo exhibition in the gallery later in the year we bring you a new Online Viewing Room on Albrecht Schnider. The online presentation is built around Landscape, a new work by Schnider of 2019-20, which is featured alongside a selection of previous works and studies illustrating the artist's meticulous creative process and his pursuit of landscape through graphic shapes and forms.
Part of the artist's Landschaften project which spans almost three decades, Schnider's recent piece is composed of undulating lines and clear, organic and geometric planes of colour which are superimposed onto a monochrome background.
As is the case in previous works by Schnider tackling landscape, the visions of the natural world he presents us with seem to be timeless and rather cryptic, devoid of any identifying characteristics like buildings or inhabitants of any kind which would give the images some specificity or a sense even of time and place. The repetition and overlap of the planes of colour and negative space toy with our sense of perception, leading us to question whether we are gazing at shattered parts of a fragmented whole or the layers and voids of a three-dimensional pictorial window.
Landscape, 2019-2020 will be on show in Lausanne from June onwards as part of a major retrospective of the Lucerne-based painter Hans Emmenegger (1866-1940) at the Fondation de l'Hermitage. The show will feature a selection of works by Emmenegger’s contemporaries including Giovanni Giacometti and Félix Vallotton as well as work by contemporary Swiss artists who have been inspired by his work including Schnider.
Schnider's participation in the Emmenegger exhibition follows his own solo museum show Entwegte Landschaft which opens on the 28th of May at Kunstmuseum Thun. Bringing together recent works which explore both landscape and figuration the show aims to offer an overview of the current work of one of the major figures in contemporary Swiss painting.
Albrecht Schnider was born in 1958 in Lucerne and graduated from the Hochschule für Gestaltung and the University of Bern in 1987. Having lived and worked in Berlin for many years, in 2018 the artist relocated back to his native Switzerland. For over twenty years his work has been exhibited in numerous exhibitions and works of his form part of several public and private collections in Europe. Publications of his work include Albrecht Schnider: Am Ereignishorizont (Berlin: Haus am Waldsee, 2011); Albrecht Schnider: Die Rückseite des Spiegels (Nürnberg: Kunstmuseum Solothurn, 2011); and Albrecht Schnider: Das noch Mögliche (Nürnberg: Verlag für moderne Kunst Nürnberg, 2006). In 2020 he was the subject of the documentary film Albrecht Schnider: Beyond the Vanished by Rita Ziegler.
Marc Jancou Contemporary has previously organized seven solo shows with Schnider: Albrecht Schnider: Two, New York (2019); Marc Jancou at Giovanella Kunstglaserei, Saanen (2017); Instant Phenomenon, New York (2015); Landschaften, OFFSITE: Rossinière (2014); Pastels, Geneva (2014); Melancholia of the Verge, New York (2012); and Raum Falten, Geneva (2012). Schnider's solo show in October will be the seventh with the gallery.