Hans Jörg Glattfelder

About the artist

This sense of amazement guides my conception of paintings and reliefs. And this state of mind allows the works to reveal themselves fully to anyone who really looks at them. In and through a work thus conceived, we discover a special context for reflecting on our own perception, for “perceiving perception,” notably the perception of space. That’s the main reason why I situate my explorations—whose phenomenological roots are fairly obvious—in the tradition of concrete art: it is the only artistic trend which, since its origins in 1930, has carried out the revolution of shifting intentionality within an art work from the signified to the signifier, from content to sign. This inversion implies that a work of concrete art means nothing other than itself, and that the space it occupies assumes primordial importance. Which corresponds perfectly to the direction of my explorations.

Hans Jörg Glattfelder

Born in 1939 in Zürich, lives and works in Basel Switzerland

Latest main exhibitions

  • 2004 Espace de l’art concret, Mouans-Sartoux
  • 2006 Museum für konkrete Kunst, Ingolstadt
  • 2007 Museum im Kulturspeicher, Würzburg
  • 2008 Ludwig Museum im Deutschherrenhaus, Koblenz
  • 2010 Kunsthaus-Rehau, Allemagne

Works in museums and public collections

  • Musée d’art et d’histoire de Genève
  • Kunsthaus Zürich
  • Museum für konkrete Kunst, Ingolstadt
  • Josef-Albers-Museum, Bottrop
  • Museo d’arte moderna, Parma
  • Museo d’arte moderna, Torino
  • Espace de l’art concret, Mouans-Sartoux…


"Onda indotta" 1966

Tempera sur toile
60 x 100 cm;

Phénoménologie du gris, sur rouge 2016

Phénoménologie du gris, sur rouge 2016

146 x 185 cm
acrylique, toile marouflée sur bois

Wellenmechanisch-symmetrisch 2015

Wellenmechanisch-symmetrisch 2015

acrylique, toile marouflée sur bois
85 x 106 cm