Urs Lüthi

Musée d'Art et d'histoire

In light of the resurgent interest in the body as a subject in art, this retrospective look at the work of Urs Lüthi seems fitting. One of the most important Swiss body artists during the ’70s, Lüthi differed markedly from his American and European counterparts in that he was more a recorder than performer. Lüthi used his body to investigate the formation of the individual and the social selves by physically transforming himself—his age, his sex, his demeanor—and photographically recording the process. As such, his art seems more in tune with younger artists like Cindy Sherman, whose manipulation of the photographed object points to the power images have in forming and defining one’s identity.

This exhibition includes works made by photomechanical techniques—offset printing, photography, and photolithography—as well as etching, engraving, and serigraphy. Three of the exhibition space’s four

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