Hans Jörg Glattfelder
biography

Hans Jörg Glattfelder was born 1939 in Zurich. He started to study at the local university (law, history of art, archaeology), but in 1961 he got involved in a project for social development in Sicily.

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biography

Hans Jörg Glattfelder was born 1939 in Zurich. He started to study at the local university (law, history of art, archaeology), but in 1961 he got involved in a project for social development in Sicily. After short studies at the “Academia” in Rome in 1963 he settled in Florence. In its beginnings his painting was influenced by the strict geometric rules of the (Zurich) “concrete art” to which he gave a quite personal interpretation in the light of early Renaissance architecture.

In 1966 he had his first one-man exhibit in Milano, in the gallery “numero” of Fiamma Vigo. In Florence he published the art-review “comunicazione” with the poet Claudio Popovich. He published a pamphlet claiming anonymous, industrial manufacturing of art for everybody; and he demonstrated his theory by mass-producing plastic pyramid elements which he assembled in coloured reliefs. With such pyramid reliefs he participated successfully in many group exhibits of the European constructivists.

In 1970 he moved to Milano. In the new surrounding he frequented the artists Mario Ballocco, Antonio Calderara, Gianni Colombo and Luigi Veronesi. Taking a hint from the specialist in cybernetics Silvio Ceccato, Glattfelder got acquainted with recent evolution in geometry and contemporary spatial representation. As a result of these studies in 1977 he started a series of works which he called “non-euclidean metaphors”.

In 1977 the Swiss painter R. P. Lohse presented him to the philosopher H. H. Holz who reminded him the social implications of constructivist art: this was the beginning of a still lasting dialog between the two men. H. H. Holz has dedicated several exhaustive studies to the work of Glattfelder.

The artists own reflections focussed on the possible relation between art and scientific culture. In a pamphlet against the cult of irrationalism in art he clarified his own position as “meta-rationalism”. By this term he understands a plastic language in which rationality is both: questioned and focussed as central theme. Glattfelder states, that a proficient dialogue between science and art starts with the mutual discussion and clarification of the methods.

In 1987 he was honoured in Zurich with the “Camille-Graeser- Price” on suggestion of the poet Eugen Gomringer and the art critic Willy Rotzler. In the following year he changed his residence from Milano to the lake Orta, attracted there by the very particular light which Antonio Calderara had so often described to him in Milano. Glattfelders pictorial language acquainted more simplicity: he created the series of the “synthetic reliefs”. 

In 1990 he lived in New York City on a fellowship granted by Zurich. As the most vivid memory of this year he remembers the frequent visits in Leon Polk Smiths studio with whom he kept in touch also after his return to Europe. 
In 1992 the Josef Albers Museum organized a retrospective exhibition of his work.

 

After moving to Paris in 1998, currently he lives and works in Basel.

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exhibitions

2017

Milano, Menhir Arte Contemporanea

 

2016

Padova, Galleria Rosso Vermiglio

 

2006

Zurich, Galerie Schlégl


2004

Friedberg, Galerie Hoffmann

 

2003

Kreuzlingen, Galerie Latzer

 

2002

Zug, Galerie am See 

 

2001

Zurich, Galerie Schlégl

 

2000

Düsseldorf, Galerie Schoeller

Basel, Atelier Fanal

Saarbrücken, Galerie St. Johann

Stuttgart, Galerie Eva Mack

 

1999

Ingolstadt, Museum für konkrete Kunst

Zug, Galerie am See

 

2004

Friedberg, Galerie Hoffmann

1998

Studen, Fondation Saner

La Chaux-de-Fonds, Villa Turque

 

1997

Zurich, Galerie Schlégl - with Hans Hinterreiter

 

1996

Zug, Galerie am See

 

1995

Lausanne, Iynedjian art

Zurich, Galerie Schlégl

 

1994

Düsseldorf, Galerie Schoeller

Zurich, Galerie Schlégl

 

1993

Ottendorf, Museum moderner Kunst

Zug, Galerie am See

Gmunden, Symposium „Raum-Klang-Bild“

 

1992

Bottrop, Josef Albers-Museum

 

1991

Zug, Galerie am See

Immenstaad am Bod, Orangerie Draenert

 

1990

Baden, Galerie im Trudelhaus - with Leon Polk Smith

Köln, Galerie Teufel

 

1989

Düsseldorf, Galerie Schoeller - with Torsten Ridell

 

1988

Friedberg, Galerie Hoffmann

 

1987

Köln, Galerie Teufel

Zurich, Stiftung für konkrete undkonstruktive Kunst

Lausanne, Galerie Iynedjian

 

1986

Como, Galleria il Salotto

Lugano, Studio Dabbeni

Palazzolo sull'Oglio, Studio F22

 

1985

Stockolm, Galerie konstruktiv tendens

 

1984

Düseldorf, Galerie Schoeller - with Imre Koscis

 

1983

Zurich, Galerie Wengihof

Hannover, Galerie Quartett

 

1982

Venezia – Mestre, Studio 8 + 1

Stockolm, Galerie konstruktiv tendens

Palazzolo sull’Oglio, Studio F22

Osnabrück, Galerie am Schlosswall

 

1980

Padova, Galleria Adelphi

Milano, Galleria Arte Struktura

 

1979

Brescia, Galleria Sincron

 

1977

Rapperswil, Galerie Seestrasse

Kreuzlingen, Galerie Latzer

 

1976

Bergamo, Galeria Litoarte

 

1975

Zurich, Galerie Gimpel & Hanover

Rapperswil, Galerie Seestrasse

 

1974

Firenze, Galleria la Piramide

Padova, Galleria Adelphi

Brescia, Galleria Sincron

Parma, Studio A

 

1973

Milano, Galleria Vismara

Palazzolo sull’Oglio, Studio F22

 

1972

Padova, Galleria Adelphi

Torino, Studio t-zero

Zurich, Galerie Gimpel & Hanover

Detmold, Galerie Sybille Schmidt

 

1971

Genova, Galleria la Polena

Bergamo, Galleria dei Mille

Milano, Visual studio – Biffi in Galleria

 

1970

Dortmund, Galerie Mutzenbach

Zurich, Galerie Bischofberger

Berlin, Galerie Daedalus

Lutry, White Gallery

Firenze, CIPS Palazzo Strozzi

 

1969

Brescia, Galleria Sincron

Genève, Galerie Aurora

Rapperswil, Galerie 58

Hamburg, Galerie Fürneisen – Dröscher

 

1968

Torino, Goethe Institut

Genova, Galleria la Polena

Milano, Galleria il Parametro

 

1967

Beograd, Galeria Dom Omladine - with Lia Drei e Francesco Guerrieri

Solothurn, Galerie Friedrich Tschanz - with Jakob Bill

 

1966

Milano, Galleria Numero

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