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Urs_Lüthi-The Remains of Clarity:

The Remains of Clarity:
The Jogger (detail)
2004
  Urs_Lüthi-The Remains of Clarity:

The Remains of Clarity:
The Jogger
2004
  Urs_Lüthi-Trademarks

Trademarks
(n° 22)
2006
Urs_Lüthi-The Remains of Clarity

The Remains of Clarity
(Thousand or more images)
2007
  Urs_Lüthi-Trademarks

Trademarks
(n° 29)
2006
  Urs_Lüthi-The Remains of Clarity

The Remains of Clarity
(Water)
2006
 
Born 1947 in Lucerne, where he was also raised, Urs Lüthi attended the school of applied arts in Zurich and worked as a graphic artist.

His first complete cycle of works was exhibited in 1966 at the Beat Mäder gallery in Berne.
In 1969, Lüthi turned to photography. He participated in an exhibition at Kunstmuseum Luzern. Lüthi installed his own clothes, jewelry, keys, identity card, as well as - on a postcard stand - photos from various series, thus turning himself into an object of his art: the investiture of the art figure Urs Lüthi.
In the same year, he exhibited androgynous self-portraits at the Toni Gerber gallery in Berne. The ambivalence of his beguiling works is irritating and interesting at once.

In the late Seventies, the aesthetics of black-and-white photography gradually made way for color photographs. That was when Lüthi started to explore the banal and ordinary nature of the existing art scene with irony, wittiness, and false naiveté.

The Eighties were marked by conceptual painting, almost always in series, for which Lüthi used various forms and styles, and which he catalogued and presented at formally strict exhibitions.

In the Nineties, Lüthi returned to photography. Since then, his works have often been dedicated to the aesthetic strategies of contemporary society and to the fake actions of the consumption cycle.

He converted the Swiss pavilion at the 2001 Venice Biennial into an installation room and ironically exhibited himself, lying in the middle of the room, smiling, and wearing a tracksuit, sneakers, and sunglasses.

Lüthi has been married to the actress Ulrike Willenbachersince 1986. Their daughter Maria was born in 1989.

Urs Lüthi has been teaching at Kunsthochschule Kassel since 1994.
The prize of honor of the Canton of Zurich was bestowed upon Urs Lüthi for his oeuvre in 1996.
In 2009, he was awarded the Arnold-Bode-Preis by the city of Kassel.


Urs Lüthi is one of the most important representatives of European Conceptual Art; already his works from 1970 testify to an extremely complex and ambivalent way of dealing with photography and the topic of self- portraits.

Lüthi’s art is provoking. It always combines irony and self-irony with a controlled quest for form. Lüthi has managed to raise his autobiography, his ego, his body, and its various physiological changes to a single coherent work of art. Independent of the technique of his works (photography, painting, sculpture, performance, multiples, and editions), he has remained faithful to that certain line along which a life becomes an aesthetic experience.

The exhibition held by Kunst Meran in 2009 presented the entire series of works entitled Trademarks (2006). In addition, Lüthi brought his own body together with fundamental architectural elements in ten bronze sculptures from the series titled Spazio umano. In these works, he also created a dialogue between the human body and artificial spaces. The artist cultivates a very personal form of Humanism through which he takes up the grand tradition of classical antiquity, albeit with irony and intelligence.
 
 
 
Urs Lüthi - Selected Group Exhibitions
 

2012

Faces, Art Hotel Gran Paradiso, Sorrento (Italy)
  Io sono, LipanjePuntin artecontemporanea, Trieste (Italy)
  La maschera e il volto, Galleria Cart Arte Contemporanea, Monza (MI) (Italy)
  Storie dell'arte contemporanea, Castello del Malconsiglio, Miglionico (MT) (Italy)
  HOLZWEGE Sentieri erranti, Museo Cantonale d'Arte, Lugano (Switzerland)

2011

Live! L'arte incontra il rock, Centro Luigi Pecci, Prato (Italy)
  Il giardino segreto, Complesso Monumentale Santa Scolastica, Bari (Italy)
  Il linguaggio fotografico associato al progetto, Galleria l'Elefante, Treviso (Italy)

2010

Nascor. Fra arte e natura- Visual, Fondazione Noesi- Palazzo Barnaba, Martina Franca (TA) (Italy)
  Guardami. Il volto e lo sguardo 1969-2009, Museo Cantonale d'Arte, Lugano (Switzerland)
  Spazio Libro d'Artista, Museo Regionale, Messina (Italy)
 
 
Urs Lüthi - Selected Solo Exhibitions
 

2011

Art is the better life, Fondazione Brodbeck Arte Contemporanea, Catania (Italy)
  Gallery S O, London (UK)
  Fondazione Brodbeck Arte Contemporanea, Catania (Italy)

2010

Just another story about leaving, MACRO- Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Roma, Roma (Italy)
  Art is the better life, CRAA- Centro Arte Attuale Villa Giulia, Verbania (Italy)
  MACRO, Roma (Italy)
  Nothing to hide, Otto Gallery, Bologna (Italy)

2009

Kunstmuseum, Luzern (Switzerland)
  Villa Giulia, Verbania (Italy)
  Merano arte Haus der Sparkasse, Merano (Italy)
  Sammlung Falkenberg, Hamburg (Germany)

2008

Kunstmuseum Glarus, Glarus (Switzerland)
  Galerie Lelong, Paris (France)

2007

Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milano (Italy)
  Galerie Lelong, Zurich (Switzerland)

2006

Galleria L'Elefante, Treviso (Italy)
  Galerie Blancpain-Stepczynski, Geneve (Switzerland)
  Galerie Catherine Putman, Paris (France)
  The National Museum of Contemporay Art, Bucarest (Romania)

2004

Galerie Sollertis, Toulouse (France)
  Galerie Hubert Winter, Vienna (Austria)

2003

Galerie Tanit, Munich (Germany)
  Galerie Bob van Orsouw, Zurich (Switzerland)

2002

Studio Visconti, Milano (Italy)
  Galerie Blancpain-Stepczynski, Geneve (Switzerland)
  Galleria Primo Piano, Roma (Italy)
  Galleria Gianluca Collica, Catania (Italy)
  Musée Rath, Geneve (Switzerland)

2001

XLIX Biennale di Venezia, Swiss Pavillion, Venezia (Italy)
  Galleria Dieda, Bassano del Grappa, Belluno (Italy)

2000

Studio Casoli, Roma (Italy)
  Spazio Erasmus Brera, Milano (Italy)
  Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich (Germany)
  Swiss Institute, New York (USA)
  Musée d'Art et d'Histoire "Exergue" 3, Geneve (Switzerland)

1999

Galerie Sollertis, Toulouse (France)
  Galleria Periferia, Poschiavo (Switzerland)
  Graphische Sammlung der ETH, Zurich (Switzerland)
  Galerie Hannelore Lötscher, Luzern (Switzerland)
  Galerie Hammer und Herzer, Weiden (Germany)

1998

Galleria Pari & Dispari, Reggio Emilia (Italy)
  Galerie maximilian Krips, Cologne (Germany)
  Galerie Tanit, Munich (Germany)

1997

Galerie Barbara Claasen-Schmal, Bremen (Germany)
  Galleria Arco di Rab, Roma (Italy)
  The Nordic House, Reykjavik (Iceland)
  Galerie Sollertis, Toulouse (France)

1996

Galerie Maximilian Krips, Cologne (Germany)
  Galerie Hannelore Lötscher, Luzern (Switzerland)
  Galerie Tanit, Munich (Germany)
  Galerie Blancpain-Stepczynski, Geneve (Switzerland)

1995

Studio Morra, Napoli (Italy)
  Galerie Sollertis, Toulouse (France)
  Museum Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden (Germany)
  Galerie Jamar, Antwerpen (Belgium)

1994

Chapter, Cardiff (UK)
  Kunstverein Rüsselsheim, Rüsselsheim (Germany)
  Galleria Civica, Modena (Italy)
  Galerie Maximilian Krips, Cologne (Germany)
  Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau (Switzerland)
  Freiburger Kunstverein, Freiburg (Germany)
  Galerie im Stadthaus, Klagenfurt (Austria)
  Anton Kirchmair, Kumhausen (Germany)
  Kunstraum im politischen Club, Cologne (Germany)

1993

Centre d'Arts Plastiques, Saint-Fons (France)
  Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn (Germany)
  Galerie Stadtpark, Krems (Austria)
  Galerie Blancpain-Stepczynski, Geneve (Switzerland)
 
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