Rémy Zaugg

Born 1943
Hometown Courgenay, Switzerland
Lives and Works Basel, Switzerland

Brooke Alexander Inc., New York, NY

Throughout his forty year career that began in the 1970s, Swiss artist and writer Rémy Zaugg remained preoccupied with human perception. His paintings, works on paper, public sculpture, architectural design, and criticism explore how vision and consciousness are linked. He is best known for text paintings that feature phrases in French, English or German such as, “MAIS MOI JE TE VOIS” (BUT ME I SEE YOU), “NOT HERE,” and “ABER ICH ICH SEHE” (BUT I I SEE). Often his words are so brightly colored that they strain the eye or they are so faint that they are hard to see. Zaugg was particularly concerned with phenomenology as it concerned space and architecture. He wrote about what an ideal exhibition space would be like in his theoretical book, "The Art Museum of My Dreams. Or the Place for Work and People" (1987). He also collaborated with Swiss architects Herzog and Meuron in 1996 to create his atelier at Mulhouse-Pfastatt, France, which became the prototype for the architects’ design of the Tate Modern in London.

Zaugg has had solo exhibitions at Centre Georges Pompidou, Kunstmuseum Basel, Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Berlin’s Nationalgalerie, and CAPC Musée d’Art Contemporain in Bordeaux, among other institutions. His work has also been included in Documenta 7 as well as group exhibitions at venues such as Reina Sofia, The Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Chicago’s MoCA, and Magasin III in Stockholm.

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