1935 – 2015

Carl Bucher Biography

Carl Bucher, Zürich (1935-2015)

The Swiss sculptor and painter Carl Bucher (1935 – 2015) was a traveller, working in his own duty to explore and liberate humanity and its surroundings. He belonged to the Swiss avantgarde during the 1960ies and 1970ies. From today’s perspective his works became universally valid and in its own sense they form part of a cosmic whole. A healthy relationship between humans beings, earth and all creatures has been very important for Carl Bucher, as he was terrified by injustice. His earth-bound creations witness the physical power of their formation. They also contain and leave real traces of biographical content. Carl Bucher develops his motifs out of formable materials and by doing so faces himself, the scientist and homo sapiens, the existentialist and homo politicus.

After important Solo presentations in the USA and Canada, among others 1971 at the Musée d’Art Contemporain, Montreal, in 1972 at LACMA the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1967/1975 at the Kunsthaus Zürich. 1975 he is rewarded with the 1. Prize of the international jury Biennale Xlll São Paulo representing Switzerland (together with Urs Lüthi and Rolf Iseli).
Carl Bucher’s »petrified» figures stand prominently at the Museum of the Red Cross, the UN United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights both in Geneva. and in front of the European Court for Human Rights in Strasbourg.
Carl Bucher’s works can be found in numerous public and private collections worldwide.

Solo exhibitions

1962 Club Bel Etage, Zurich

1963 Galleria d’Arte Santacroce, Florence

1966 Galerie Bischofberger, Zurich

1968 Galerie im weissen Haus, Winterthur

1968 Galerie Bernhard, Solothurn

1969 Galerie Bischofberger, Zurich

1970 Galerie d’Art Moderne, Basel

1971 Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York,

New Smith Gallery, Brussels

Musee d’Art Contemporain, Montreal

The Rothmans Art Gallery of Stratford

Gallery Moos, Toronto

1972 The Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver

Tacoma Art Museum, Washington

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

1973 Ester Bear Gallery, Santa Barbara, California

1975 Kunsthaus Zurich

1976 Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro

(together with Rolf Iseli and Urs Lüthy)

1978 Galerie Schlegl, Zurich

1979 Galerie Numaga, Auvernier

1981 Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl, Germany (retrospective)

1982 Galerie Maurer, Zurich

1984 Galleria del Naviglio, Milan

1988 Galerie Jamileh Weber, Zurich

1992 Galleria del Naviglio, Art 23 ‘92, Basel

Galleria del Naviglio, Milan

1995 Art Room, Lengnau AG, exhibition to mark Carl Bucher’s 60th birthday

1997 Galerie Andy Jllien, Zurich

1997 Galerie am Lindenplatz, Schaan. Liechtenstein

2019 Galerie Plutschow, Zürich, Early Works and Hope



1964/76 Federal grants

1967/68 Grants from the Kiefer-Hablitzel Foundation

1970/71 Grant from the Arts Council of Canada to fund a 15-month stay in Canada. Lives in Montreal and Toronto

1975 1st International Jury Prize at the 13th São Paulo Biennale

Selected group exhibitions

1961  “Zürcher Künstler” at Helmhaus, Zurich

1964  “Perspectiven”, Galerie Handschin, Basel

1964  “6 Artists of Galerie Suzanne Bollag”, Molton Gallery, London

1967  “Unter 40. Schweizer Maler, Bildhauer und Gestalter in zwei Ausstellungen”, Galerie d’Art Moderne, Basel
Galerie Bischofberger, Zurich

1968  “Wege und Experimente. 30 junge Schweizer Künstler”, Kunsthaus, Zurich

“Wege und Experimente. 28 junge Schweizer Künstler”, Neue Galerie der Stadt Linz, Linz, Austria, and

Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum, Graz, Austria

“Zürcher Künstler im Helmhaus Zürich. Abstrakte und nichtfigürliche Richtungen”, Helmhaus, Zurich

Pulchri Studio, The Hague

“Collection Peter Stuyvesant”: le Musée dans l’usine, Cultureel Centrum Maastricht, Holland

“Neue Tendenzen”, Galerie Wengihof, Zurich

1969  “Dimensionen 1969”, Galerie d’”Art Moderne, Basel
Galerie Bischofberger, Zurich

1971 “The Swiss Avant-Garde”, The New York Cultural Center, New York

1972 / 75  “Terre des Hommes”, Montreal

1973  “Group of Sculptures”, Vancouver Art Gallery

1975  6th Swiss sculpture exhibition, Biel

13th São Paulo Biennale (together with Rolf Iseli and Urs Lüthi).

1976  Swiss sculpture exhibition, Vira Gambarogno

“Kunstszene Zürich”, Kunsthaus Zurich

“Aspekte der Kunst der Gegenwart”, Kunsthalle Mannheim

1977  “Artistes Zurichois”, Musée Rath, Geneva

“FIiegen – ein Traum – Faszination – Fortschritt – Vernichtungswahn”, Städtische Kunsthalle, Recklinghausen

1978  “Kunstszene Zürich 1978”, Künstlerhaus am Karlsplatz, Vienna

“lll. Biennale der Schweizer Kunst: Aktualität – Vergangenheit”, Kunstmuseum Winterthur

“Sculpture Today / Canada”: 10th International Sculpture Symposium, Toronto

“Art 9’78”, Galerie Schlégl, Basel

1979  “Kunst auf dem Wasser”, Kunsthaus Zug, Zug

Art 10’79, special exhibition of Swiss art since Giacometti, Basel

Art 10’79, Galerie Schlégl, Basel

15th São Paulo Biennale: Special exhibition of previous prizewinners, São Paulo

1980 7th Swiss sculpture exhibition, Biel

“Espaces”, Maison de la Culture, Le Havre

“Reliefs”, Kunsthaus Zurich

“Pop Art und verwandte Strömungen in der Schweiz”, Kunstsammlung der Stadt Thun, Thunerhof, Thun

1983  “Wer zeigt sein wahres Gesicht?”, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, Germany

1990  “Passagen. Skulptur in Bad Ragaz”, Bad Ragaz, Switzerland

1991  “Memento Monumenti”, Centre PasquArt, Biel

1992  “Im Bereich des Möglichen. Kunst der achtziger Jahre aus öffentlichen und privaten Sammlungen”, Centre PasquArt, Biel

1998  “Spurensuche – Das Bild des Menschen in der Schweizer Gegenwartskunst”, Seedamm-Kulturzentrum, Pfäffikon (SZ), Switzerland

2000  “Bad Ragartz. 1st Schweizerische Triennale der Skulptur”, Bad Ragaz, Switzerland

2003  “Bad Ragartz. 2nd Swiss Triennale of Sculpture”, Bad Ragaz, Switzerland

2004  “Être. Les droits de l’homme à travers l’art”, United Nations, Geneva

2005  “Skulpturenausstellung. 48 Kunstschaffende aus der Schweiz”, Schüpfen, Switzerland

“OpenArt 05”, Roveredo, Grisons, Switzerland

2006  “Bad Ragartz. 3rd Schweizerische Triennale der Skulptur in Bad Ragaz and Vaduz”, Bad Ragaz, Switzerland, and Vaduz, Liechtenstein

“Skulptur ‘06”, Villa Mettlen, Muri, Switzerland

“Swiss Pop”, Kunstmuseum Thun, Switzerland

“OpenArt 06”, Roveredo, Grisons, Switzerland

2008  ‘68 – Zürich steht Kopf. Rebellion, Verweigerung, Utopie”, Seedamm-Kulturzentrum, Pfäffikon (SZ), Switzerland

2013  “Biennale Skulpturen-Symposium”, Galerie Weiertal, Winterthur

2015  “Carl & Heidi Memorial Exhibition”, Curuna Ardez, Ardez, Switzerland

2017  “Swiss Pop Art – Formen und Tendenzen der Pop Art in der Schweiz 1962– 1972”, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland


1969 Wall relief for an administrative building, Zellweg, Uster

1969 Wall relief for a factory building, Hoffman-La Roche, Basel

1969 Hydraulic “Water Landing” project for Hans Mahler, Globus

1971 Two Landing sculptures on water columns, Greenwin Property, Toronto

1972 Light and Shadow Tunnel, Ontario Science Center, Toronto

1973 Light Box I (12 m wide, 5 m deep, 2.5 m high), Palace of Arts, San Francisco

1974 Light Box II, Ontario Place, Toronto

1976 Five sculptures at Hardau, Zurich

Public collections

Peter Stuyvesant Foundation, Amsterdam

Kunsthaus Zurich

Nationalversicherung, Basel

The Gotthard Bank Collection

Musée d’Art Contemporain, Montreal

Rothman’s Art Gallery of Stratford, Ontario

Tacoma Art Museum, Washington

Vancouver Art Gallery

Museum of the University, Santa Barbara

Museum of Art, Santa Barbara

Museu de Arte Moderna, São Paulo

Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro

Kunstmuseum Chur

Centre PasquArt, Biel

International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, Geneva

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