Hans Jörg Glattfelder

Biography

Exhibitions

List of solo exhibitions.

Participation in group exhibitions

The constructivist painter and author Hans Jörg Glattfelder was born 1939 in Zurich .

In the beginning he was influenced by the “concrete art of Zurich”, but soon he took his own way: in the late sixties he inquired into the possibility
of creating art work by the means of anonymous, industrial production (“pyramid reliefs”); in the seventies he introduced
the topic of the “non-euclidean” geometry as a base for his artistic production (“non-euclidean metaphors”).

In many articles, interviews and theoretical contributions Hans J. Glattfelder speaks up
for an exercise of art based on rational inventiveness (“meta-rationalism” 1983) and he asks for an interdisciplinary
opening and communication between the many expressions
of “constructivism” in science and art (“methodical constructivism”).
From 1961 – 1997 Glattfelder lived in Italy , since 1998 in Paris .

 

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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.

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.

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”.

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 i
rrationalism 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.

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”.

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.

1998 he moved to Paris where he still lives.

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Exhibitions


Hans J. Glattfelders first solo exhibition was shown in 1966 in Milano , Italy .
Since then over 70 one-man shows took place.

Among the most significant ones could be mentioned the exhibitions in Zurich at the gallery Bischofberger in 1970
at the Gimpel & Hanover galleries in 1972 and 1975, since the nineties several shows at Nicole Schlégl’s gallery,
further he exposed repeatedly at the gallery Carmen Weber in Zug/Switzerland.

In Germany his works were shown several times in the galleries Schoeller in Düsseldorf , Teufel in Köln
and Hoffmann in Friedberg near Frankfurt . 1987 he had a first retrospective exhibition at the “Foundation for
constructivist and concrete art” in Zürich, 1992 at the Josef Albers Museum in Bottrop/Germany, and
1997 at the Saner Foundation in Studen/Switzerland.

His most recent retrospective exhibition took place 1999 in the museum for
concrete art in Ingolstadt/Germany.

Since the beginnings of his activity Glattfelder attached much importance to the participation in group exhibitions
of the constructivist movement in the sixties and seventies.

Quite often he also took part in the organisation of this kind of events, e. g. the exhibition “strutture significanti”
(“signifying structures”) 1965 in Livorno/Italy, 1977 “ipotesi linguistiche intersoggettive” (“intersubjective linguistic hypothesises”)
in Florence , or “arte concreta” in the museum of the “westfälische Kunstverein in Münster/Germany.

The participation in this kind of events meant also exchange of ideas with other artists of similar interests,
a continuous process of learning. 1969 he participated in “tendencije 4” in Zagreb and the same year Max Bill
invited him to the II. Biennale Nürnberg:”elemente und prinzipien”.

Even in the last years Glattfelder didn’t reduce his interest in collectively organized events; he regularly participates
at the theoretical discussions of the “Forum konkrete Kunst” in Erfurt, and 2003 he took part in the “Hommage to
Richard Paul Lohse” in Gmunden/Austria and in the exhibition “experiment konkret” in the
Museum für konkrete Kunst in Ingolstadt.

 

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List of solo exhibitions

1966

Galleria Numero, Milano

1967

Galeria Dom Omladine, Beograd (mit Lia Drei und Francesco Guerrieri)
Galerie Friedrich Tschanz, Solothurn (mit Jakob Bill)

1968

Goethe Institut, Torino
Galleria la Polena, Genova
Galleria il Parametro, Milano

1969

Galleria Sincron, Brescia
Galerie Aurora, Genève
Galerie 58, Rapperswil
Galerie Fürneisen – Dröscher, Hamburg

1970

Galerie Mutzenbach, Dortmund
Galerie Bischofberger, Zürich
Galerie Daedalus , Berlin
White Gallery, Lutry
CIPS Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze

1971

1971 Galleria la Polena, Genova
Galleria dei Mille, Bergamo
Visual studio – Biffi in Galleria, Milano

1972

1972 Galleria Adelphi, Padova
Studio t-zero, Torino
Galerie Gimpel & Hanover, Zürich
Galerie Sybille Schmidt, Detmold

1973

1973 Galleria Vismara, Milano
Studio F22, Palazzolo sull’Oglio

1974

1974 Galleria la Piramide, Firenze
Galleria Adelphi, Padova
Galleria Sincron, Brescia
Studio A, Parma

1975

Galerie Gimpel & Hanover, Zürich
Galerie Seestrasse, Rapperswil

1976

Galeria Litoarte, Bergamo

1977

Galerie Seestrasse, Rapperswil
Galerie Latzer, Kreuzlingen

1979

1979 Galleria Sincron, Brescia

1980

1980 Galleria Adelphi, Padova
Galleria Arte Struktura, Milano

1982

1982 Studio 8 + 1, Venezia – Mestre
Galerie konstruktiv tendens, Stockholm
Studio F22, Palazzolo sull’Oglio
Galerie am Schlosswall, Osnabrück

1983

Galerie Wengihof, Zürich
Galerie Quartett, Hannover

1984

Galerie Schoeller, Düsseldorf (mit Imre Koscis)

1985

Galerie konstruktiv tendens, Stockholm

1986

Galleria il Salotto, Como
Studio Dabbeni, Lugano
Studio F22, Palazzolo sull’Oglio

1987

Galerie Teufel, Köln
Stiftung für konkrete undkonstruktive Kunst, Zürich
Galerie Iynedjian, Lausanne

1988

Galerie Hoffmann, Friedberg

1989

Galerie Schoeller, Düsseldorf (mit Torsten Ridell)

1990

Galerie im Trudelhaus, Baden CH (mit Leon Polk Smith)
Galerie Teufel, Köln

1991

Galerie am See, Zug
Orangerie Draenert, Immenstaad a/ Bod

1992

Josef Albers-Museum, Bottrop

1993

Museum moderner Kunst, Otterndorf
Galerie am See, Zug
Symposium „Raum-Klang-Bild“, Gmunden

1994

Galerie Schoeller, Düsseldorf
Galerie Schlégl, Zürich

1995

Iynedjian art, Lausanne
Galerie Schlégl, Zürich

1996

Galerie am See, Zug

1997

Galerie Schlégl, Zürich (mit Hans Hinterreiter)

1998

Fondation Saner, Studen
Villa Turque, La Chaux-de-Fonds

1999

Museum für konkrete Kunst, Ingolstadt
Galerie am See, Zug

2000

Galerie Schoeller, Düsseldorf
Atelier Fanal, Basel
Galerie St. Johann, Saarbrücken
Galerie Eva Mack, Stiuttgart

2001

Galerie Schlégl, Zürich

2002

Galerie am See, Zug

2003

Galerie Latzer, Kreuzlingen

2004

Galerie Hoffmann, Friedberg

2006

Galerie Schlegl, Zürich

2007

Galerie Carmen Weber, Zug

2008

Galerie Lahumière, Parris
Galerie Artopoi, Freiburg 
Projektraum 4, Mannheim (mit Red Left Talg)
Galleria l’Incontro, Chiari

2009

Espace Fanal, Basel (mit Axel Rohlfs)
Galerie am Lindenplatz, Vaduz
Galerie Leonhard, Graz
Galerie Artopoi, Freiburg (mit Skoda)

2010

Galerie Hoffmann, Friedberg
Galerie im Weisbachschen Haus, Plauen

2011

Galerie Leonhard, Graz, (mit Dubreuil und Prosi)
Galerie Geiger, Konstanz

2012

Galerie Anna Wenger, Zürich
55 gallery, Budapest (mit V. Molnar und J. Nems)
Galerie Lindner, Wien
Galerie Geiger, Konstanz
Galerie Artopoi, Freibur ., (mit B. Maeschi)

2013

Museum haus konstruktiv, Zürich

2014

Galerie Geiger, Konstanz
Galerie la Vitrine, Fribourg CH
Vasarely Museum, Budapest
Museum Chasa Jaura, Valchava
Leopold Hoesch-Museum, Düren

2015

Museum der Wahrnehmung, Graz

2016

Galerie Geiger, Konstanz
Galerie Lahumière, Paris (mit Martin Willing)

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Participation in group exhibitions

1965

„strutture significanti“, Casa della Cultura, Livorno
“Zürcher Künstler im Helmhaus”, Zürich

1966

“operazione confronto”, Gal. Numero, Firenze
“strutture organizzate”, Studio di musicelettronica, Firenze
“Premio Castello Svevo”, Termoli

1967

“Museo sperimentale d’arte contemporanea”, Galleria Civica, Torino
“ipotesi linguistiche intersoggettive”, Firenze
“Panorama 2”, Gal. La Polena, Genova
“Jakob Bill,Christen, Glattfelder, Müller-Brittnau”,
Studio d’informazione estetica, Torino, nacher in:Gal. Io Cenobio, Milano und Gal. Bruno Bischofberger, Zürich

1968

“Wege und Experimente”, Kunsthaus Zürich

1969

“tendencije IV”, gal. Umjetnosti, Zagreb
“konstrukltive kunst:elemente und prinzipien”,
II. Biennale Nürnberg
„Recherche visuelle en Suisse »,
Musée de la Majorie, Sion

1970

„konkrete Kunst“, Strauhof Zürich
„Arte e Critica „, Modena
„II. Triennale“, New Delhi
„multiples“, Art Council of Great Britain , London

1971

“The Swiss Avantgarde”, the New York
Cultural Centre, New York
„arte concreta”, westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster

1972

 “graphic biennial: Grafika Swajcarska”, Krakau

1973

“Schweizer Konkrete”, Kunstverein Biel
“Tendences del’art concret en Suisse”, Gal. Média, Neuchâtel
„XXI. Premio del Fiorino“, Firenze

1974

„I. Biennale de l’image multiplié“,
Musée Rath, Genève
Sviluppo del Segno », studio F22, Palazzolo sull’Oglio
“Per un Museo Progressivo”, Pinacoteca Civica, Livorno

1975

“L’esplorazione percettiva”, Palazzo della Ragione, Bergamo
“La scuola di Zurigo”, Gal. A, Parma

1977

“sul concetto di serie”, Symposium des IAFKG, Varese
“Oggetto e Processo”, Studio Marconi, Milano
“Rationale Konzepte”, Kunstcentrum Badhuis, Gorinchem (NL)

1979

„Aspekte konstruktiver Kunst – Slg. Mc Crory“,Kunsthaus Zürich
„12 Schweizer Konkrete“, Gal. Bossin, Berlin
„Struttura, Immagine, Percezione“, V. Biennale di S. Martino di Lupari
“L’occhio del collezionista d’oltralpe”, Gal. Narcioso, Torino

1980

“Arte in Italia negli ann ’60: oltre l’informale”, Museo Progressivo , Livorno
“Reliefs”, Kunsthaus Zürich

1981

“Arte ed Architettura”, S. Martino di Lupari
“Nel Luogo di Palladio”, Basilica Palladiana, Vicenza

1982

“Schaffhauser Sammlungen”,
Museum Allerheiligen, Schaffhausen

1983

“arte concreta”, Cesena
“Jüngere Schweizer Künstler”,
Gimpel Hanover & Emmerich Galerien, Zürich

1984

 „Die Sprache der Geometrie“, Kunstmuseum Bern
„Le strutture della Visualità“, Museo Civico, Varese

1985

“1930 – 1980: Astrattismo in Italia”,
Slg. Cernuschi-Ghiringelli, Villa Croce, Genova
“20 Jahre Gal. Seestrasse: konkret-konstruktiv”,
Gal. Seestrasse, Rapperswil

1986

„Arte e Scienza - Colore“, Biennale di Venezia
“konkret schweiz heute”, Wanderausstellung in Helsinki,
Tampere,Ulm,Bonn, Münster, und Freiburg
„Konstruktivisme“, Museum Louisiana, Humlebaek/ Dänemark

1987

„Mathematik in der Kunst der letzten 30 Jahre“,
Wilhelm Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen

1988

„Helvet-Art“, VI. Schweiz. Biennale, St Gallen
„Neuere Schweizer Konkrete“, Gal. Fischer Luzern

1989

„zwischen malerei und objekt: böhm, glattfeldert, rompza, staudt“
Schloss Philippsruhe, Hanau
„ ut poesis museum“ Kunstmuseum Bern

1990

konkrete und konstruktive kunst“, Gal. am See, Zug

1994

„Stankowski, Glattfelder, Morandini“, Orangerie Draenert, Immenstaad

1995

„Schweizer Konkrete“, Fondation Saner, Studen

1996

„Hypothese, Experiment, Erfindung“, Gal. Hoffmann, Friedberg
„Open Door“, Akademie Budapest

1997

„Von der Fläche in den Raum“, Forum Konkrete Kunst, Erfurt
„Regel und Abweichung, Schweiz konstruktiv 1960 -1997“,
haus konstruktiv, Zürich

1998

Der Grund zum Druck“, Wanderausstellung druckgrafisches Schaffen
 In der Schweiz, u. a. Mexico , Caracas, Australien

1999

„positionen der konkreten und konstruktiven kunst“, Bauhaus, Dessau
„Hommage an Vordemberge-Gildewart“, Kunsthalle Osnabrück.

2000

„art concret“, Espace de l’art concret, Château de Mouans-Sartoux

2001

„ das entgrenzte bild“, Wanderausstellung der Gal. St. Johann, Saabrücken, in Salzgitter
Bonn und W. Hack-Museum LudwigshafenWunschbild Sammlung“, haus konkret,Zürich
„20 Jahre Quadrat Bottrop“

2002

„Die Sammlung Peter C. Ruppert“, Museum im Kulturspeicher, Würzburg
„Wunschbild Sammlung“, haus konkret,Zürich
„Hommage an R. P. Lohse“, Symposium
im Rahmen der Festspiele Gmunden

2003

„konkrete kunst: die Sammlung Holze“, von der Heydt – Museum, Wuppertal
„einheit und vielfalt“, Villa Kobe, Halle

2004

„pour un art concret“, la donation Albers-Honegger,
Espace de l’art concret, Mouans-Sartoux

„stets konkret“, die Schenkung Hubertus Schölle,
Leopold-Hoesch-Museum, Düren „into the room“, Gal. Nicole Schlégl, Zürich

2005

“experiment konkret”,
Hommage an Eugen Gomringer, Museum für konkrete Kunst, Ingolstadt
Square, die Sammlung Marli Hoppe-Ritter
Museum Ritter, Waldenbuchzürich
visionäre Sammlung 1,museum haus konstruktiv, Zürich

2006

Die neuen Tendenzen, Museum für konkrete Kunst, Ingolstadt
stets konkret, Galerie Lausberg, Düsseldorf

2007

ausgerechnet...Mathematik und konkrete Kunst,
Museum im Kulturspeicher, Würzburg
8x Konkret- Concrete Art in Europe Today,
Beardsmore Gallery, London
Exemplifizieren wird Kunst,
Wilhelm Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen
Vasarely Museum, Budapest, Museum Ludwig, Koblenz
Surprises concretes, Espace Art Concret, Mouans-Sartoux

2008

ausgerechnet...Mathematik und konkrete Kunst,
Museum im Kulturspeicher, Würzburg
8x Konkret- Concrete Art in Europe Today,
Beardsmore Gallery, London
Exemplifizieren wird Kunst,
Wilhelm Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen
Vasarely Museum, Budapest, Museum Ludwig, Koblenz
Surprises concretes, Espace Art Concret, Mouans-Sartoux

2009

l’oblique, Musée du Château des Ducs de Wurtemberg,Montbéliard
reconnaître, Paksi Keptar, Hu
Art Karlsruhe, One Artist Show, (Galerie Artopoi)
konkret – Die Sammlung Annette und Heinz Teufel,,
Kunstmuseum Stuttgart
Schweiz konkret Collection Vass, Veszprém
konkrete Zeichnung, Galerie Artopoi, Freiburg i/Br.

2010

100 jahre konkrete kunst, Kunsthaus Rehau, Rehau
ganz konkret, Folge 2, museum haus konstruktiv, Zürich
konkrete konzepte,, Galerie Ruhnke, Potsdam

2011

Linien und Flächen, Galerie Artopoi, Freiburg i/Br.
im Fokus – Die 1950er bis 1970er Jahre. Werke aus der
Sammlung Hoppe Ritter, Museum Ritter, Waldenbuch
Dialog über Grenzen, Die Sammlung Riese,
Leopold Hoesch-Museum, Düren

2012

Multiples, Galerie Geiger, Konstanz
Pariszij Koka, retjakov Galerij, Moskau
Art Karlsruhe, One Artist Show, Galerie Geiger
carte cinetica e programmata, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Roma

2013

vice versa, Die Galerie Lindner zu Gast bei Dr. Julius App,Berlin
Sammlung Grauwinkel,Vasarely Museum, Budapest
Young Collectord Choice 13, Galerie Geiger, Konstanz
Beauté rationnelle, Kunstraum ‘Topographie de l’art” Paris
ZEITLOS GUT, Galerie Geiger, Konstanz
Dialog über Grenzen, Die Sammlung Riese, Ostdeutsche
Galerie,cRegensburg

2014

hauptsache grau, Mies van der Rohe-Haus, Berlin
8 evropskych konkretistu, Galerie Petr Zaloudek, Prag
Drawing Now, Paris, Stand Galerie Wenger
eckig, rund und bunt, Museum für konkrete Kunst Ingolstadt
Internationale Buchkunst, Galerie Hoffmann, Friedberg

2015

OUR ARTISTS, OUR FRIENDS -40 Jahre Galerie Geiger
a square is a square is a square, Museum Ritter, Waldenbuch
Rendezvous der Länder, Museum im Kulturspeicher,Würzburg
schwarz auf weiss, Museum für konkrete Kunst, Ingolstadt
10 years OSAS, Vasarely Museum, Budapest
kinesis - eine Studie zur Bwegung im Bild, Sonderschau anlässlich der cccccc
Viennafair, Wien
ZEITLOS GUT, Galerie Geiger, Konstanz

2016

perpetuum mobile, Galerie la Vitrine, Fribourg
verknüpft, Haleh Rdjaian und die Sammlung,
Museum für konkrete Kunst, Ingolstadt

 

 

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