Jean-Frédéric Schnyder

Kunstraum Walcheturm

The Swiss art world has had difficulty with Jean-Frédéric Schnyder, and it’s been ten years since his last exhibition of works, the majority of which went unsold. With these “leftovers” Schnyder has created a sort of retrospective. In the middle of the gallery he displayed the equipment he used when he was a “pleinairist.” At that time he was still considered a conceptual artist, and he had to learn how to paint. In reference to minor 19th-century figures, he called the paintings “Berner Veduten.” His canvases are the size of a backpack and depict the Bern cathedral, a children’s playground, a camping ground, an expressway exit. In an effort to paint a “normal” picture, he traversed the “Swiss” Switzerland, in which the urban and suburban, nature and industry are simply a turn-of-the-head apart on a motor scooter. The view from the scooter seems to determine the perspective within the

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