June 13, 2019

Martin Disler @ Buchmann Lugano

Martin Disler
Buchmann Lugano
Through 29 June 2019

The exhibition space Buchmann Lugano presents a solo show by the Swiss artist MARTIN DISLER (1949-1996). The gallery, since 2012 curates the Estate of Disler and presents on this occasion a selection of works on paper and pottery.

Born in 1949 in Seewen, Martin Disler began to exhibit in Switzerland and abroad since the 1970s. His first solo show at the Kunsthalle Basel in 1980 entitled Invasion durch eine falsche Sprache, marks a turning point in the artist's career. The same year he took part at the Venice Art Biennale, in 1982 at Documenta 7 in Kassel and in 1984 in a group exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York gaining popularity internationally.

Martin Disler, self-taught artist, driven by an incessant and frenetic creativity, has investigated themes such as death and life, frequently represented in an almost obsessive way. A gestural painting, sometimes impulsive, others more controlled and soft, characterizes his entire work.

He lived in New York, Amsterdam, Milan, Zurich, Lugano and Les Planchettes. Disappeared at only 47 years old, he leaves behind a rich artistic production including: sculptures, paintings, drawings, prints, poems and writings, preserved today in his archive in Basel.

Recently Die Umgebung der Liebe created in 1981 for the Stuttgarter Kunstverein, and acquired in 2006 by the Gottfried Keller Stiftung,  was exhibited for the first time in its entirety at the Bündner Kunstmuseum in Chur (until 26 May 2019).

Tony Cragg's Skulpturenpark Waldfrieden has also recently opened a Disler’s exhibition of bronze sculptures by the Häutung und Tanz group, made in 1991/92 in the Besso atelier at that time and merged into the sub-foundries, (until 16 June 2019).

BUCHMANN LUGANO
Via della Posta 2, CH-6900 Lugano
www.buchmanngalerie.com