Not Vital

Not Vital

Not Vital was born in 1948 in Sent, Graubünden (CH). He divides his time between the USA, Niger, Italy and China, as well as Switzerland. His works are inspired by personal impressions and experiences gained on his many trips around the world. He processes images and forms from various cultures into new sculpture projects and installations, always in keeping with the traditions of the respective cultures. His complex work integrates architecture as well as the general development of various different lifestyles and the typical repertoire of forms and symbols, according to location. His materials conserve the often volatile nature of the processes and objects, as well as of those organic materials which fascinate him; he favours the use of bronze, gold, aluminium, silver, stainless steel and marble. His anthropological curiosity structures his career into sections devoted to, for example, glass blowers in Murano, Tuareg jewellery makers in North Africa or paper artists in Bhutan. The titles of his mostly representational works are clear and descriptive, emphasising the figurative dimension vis-à-vis the abstract appearance created by the durability of the material and the isolation from the cultural origin. The viewer is captivated by the tension between organic form and inorganic material in Not Vital's work, which is distinguished by an almost meditative, timeless quality.

Solo exhibitions

2017


Not Vital: David & Goliath, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria 


Not Vital: Bronzes, 107, S-chanf, Switzerland


Poles, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Pantin, France


Not Vital, Galerie Forsblom, Stockholm, Sweden 



Not Vital: Naiv, Galerie Tschudi, Zuoz, Switzerland 



SPLIT. Mirror, Light. Reflection, Schauwerk Sindelfingen, Sindelfingen, Germany


Not Vital: Bronzes, 107, S-chanf, Switzerland


Not Vital: Univers privat, Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur, Chur, Switzerland 


 


2016


Not Vital, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, UK


12+2+1, Art Bärtschi & Cie, Geneva, Switzerland


Vital Sculptures, Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland


Muntognas, Ordovas, London, UK


 


2015


Not Vital: Bellaval, Kloster Schoenthal, Langenbruck, Switzerland


Not Vital: 700 Snowballs, Galerie Andrea Caratsch, St. Moritz, Switzerland


Not Vital, Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Not Vital. Esculturas & desenhos, Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo, Brazil


Not Vital e Laura Bott, Chasa Jaura Museum, Val Müstair, Switzerland


 


2014


Tanter, Cabinet d'Arts Graphiques, Musées d'Art et d'Histoire, Geneva, Switzerland


Not Vital, Galería Patricia Ready, Santiago, Chile


Allende by Not Vital, Ejercicios Mosqueto, Santiago, Chile


Heads, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


Not Vital: Skulptur 1986 – 2011, Galerie Andrea Caratsch, St. Moritz, Switzerland


The Drawing Show: Not Vital “Snow", Akira Ikeda Gallery, New York, NY, U.S.A.


NOT VITAL: PIZ, Gian Enzo Sperone – Chasa dal Guvernatur, Sent, Switzerland


Everton, Sperone Westwater, New York, NY, U.S.A.


Il pavimento della cucina di mia nonna, Museo d’Arte di Mendrisio, Mendrisio, Switzerland


 


2013


Guarda, Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing, China


Not Vital: Landscapes, Ben Brown Fine Arts, Hong Kong, China


Not Vital: 700 Snowballs, Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, Italy


 


2012


Not Vital: , Sperone Westwater, New York, NY, USA


Let One Hundred Flowers Bloom, Kunstraum Dornbirn, Dornbirn, Austria


Not Vital: Werke 1989 bis 2011, Schauwerk Sindelfingen, Sindelfingen, Germany


Not Vital: Œuvres sur papier, Galerie Guy Bärtschi, Geneva, Switzerland


5 Spaniards & Nothing, Ivorypress Space, Madrid, Spain


                                                      


2011


Sculptures: Diao Su, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


Not Vital: Full On, UCCA (Ullens Centre of Contemporary Art), Beijing, China


Haare, Hirsch & Mao, Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin, Germany


Art & Architecture Projekt 2011: No Problem Sculpture, Art Forum Ute Barth, Zürich, Switzerland


Hanging & Waiting, Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels, Belgium


Plasters, Akira Ikeda, Tokyo, Japan


Not Vital: Opere Grafiche, Villa Garbald, Castasegna, Switzerland


 


2010


Suicides, Ben Brown Fine Arts, London, UK


Places in the World, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France.


Modell für Schlafendes Haus, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Editions, Salzburg, Austria


Not Vital. dirigerer, Steveb Vail Fine Arts Projects Room, Iowa, USA


Not Vital, La Punt, Switzerland


 


2009


NOT WHY, Gaerlie Urs Meile, Beijing-Lucerne, Beijing, China


Schlafendes Haus, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria


Pelvis, Galerie Luciano Fasciati, Chur, Switzerland


 


2008


Tongue, Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing, China


Let One Hundred Flowers Bloom, Currents – Art and Music, Beijing, China


10 Austrians and More, Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria


 


2007


Punts, Galerie Luciano Fasciati, Chur, Switzerland


Lotus, Coffee and Stone Pine, Portraits, Snow and Boyfriend, Sperone Westwater, New York, NY, USA


Hearts, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Editions, Salzburg, Austria


300 palle di neve, Museo Cantonale d’Arte, Lugano, Switzerland


 


2006                 


The Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA


(bap, mamma, eu) mit Alberto Sorbelli, Galerie Guy Bärtschi, Geneva, Switzerland


Nietzsches Schnauz, Zeichnungen, Nietzsche Haus, Sils Maria, Switzerland


 


2005                 


Agadez, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany


New Sculpture, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


Agadez, Albion Gallery, London, UK


New Sculpture, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria


 


2004                 


Sperone Westwater, New York, NY, USA


Milla larmas id ün chamel, Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin, Germany


300 Camels, Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia


Caratsch de Pury & Luxembourg, Zürich, Switzerland


 


2003                 


Chasa Jaura Valchava, Valchava, Switzerland


Balthasar Burkhard, Not Vital, Galerie Tschudi, Zuoz, Switzerland


FAT ES FAT, Museo Cantonale d’Arte, Lugano, Switzerland


 


2002                 


Not Vital: Mias Muntognas, Edith Wahlandt Galerie, Stuttgart, Germany


Vital, Galerie Guy Bärtschi, Geneva, Switzerland


Skulpturen, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria


FAT ES FAT, Museum zu Allerheiligen Schaffhausen, Sturzenegger Stiftung, Schaffhausen, Switzerland


FAT ES FAT, Kunsthalle Göppingen, Göppingen, Germany


 


2001                 


Skulpturen, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria


Sculptures récentes, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


New Sculpture, de Pury & Luxembourg, Zürich, Switzerland


Voglio vedere le mie montagne, Galleria Cardi, Milan, Italy


49th International Art Exhibition Venice Bienniale, Venice, Italy


 


2000                 


Meine Schafe, Galerie Luciano Fasciati, Chur, Switzerland


Nils Stark Galerie, Copenhagen, Denmark


 


1999                 


Snowballs, Baron / Boisanté, New York, NY, USA


Sperone Westwater, New York, NY, USA


 


1998


Skulputrer Och Teckniingar, Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm, Sweden


Nototo, 1000 Eventi, Milan, Italy


 


1997                 


Large Works on Paper, Baron / Boisanté, New York, NY, USA


Totem Und Tabu, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany


Sperone Westwater, New York, NY, USA


Not Vital, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden


 


1996                 


Schoppa, Galerie Luciano Fasciati, Chur, Switzerland


Preschentaziun dal Nuov Cudesch, Gallaria D'Art Center Augustin, Scuol, Switzerland


1995                 


Not Vital: 1000 Eventi, Turin, Italy


Galleria Gian Enzo Sperone, Rome, Italy


Sculpture, Sperone Westwater, New York, NY, USA


Galerie Lehmann, Lausanne, Switzerland


 


1994                 


Not Vital: Skulpturen Zeichnungen Druckgraphik, Galerie Edith Wahlandt, Stuttgart, Germany


Mendelson Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA


Berggruen & Zevi Limited, London, UK


Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland


 


1993                 


Adam, One Afternoon, Baron/Boisanté, New York, NY, USA


Gallerie Lehmann, Lausanne, Switzerland


Gallaria D'Art Center Augustin, Scuol, Switzerland


Cow Dung, New Bronze Works, Wooster Gardens, New York, NY, USA


Galerie Niels Ewerbeck, Vienna, Austria


Kunsthalle, Basel, Switzerland


 


1992                 


Sculture Recenti, Studio Guenzani, Milan, Italy


Cacche Di Mucca, Via Farini Galleria, Milan, Italy


Kunsthandlung Luciano Fasciati, Chur, Switzerland


Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria


 


1991                 


Not Vital - Photographs by Florio Puenter, Galerie Luciano Fasciati, Chur, Switzerland


The Complete Prints and Multiples, Bündner Kunstmuseum, Chur, Switzerland


Not Vital: The Complete Prints and Multiples, Baron/Boisanté Gallery, New York, NY, USA


Auf Mist wachsen Blumen, Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria


 


1990                 


PS Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


El Maktoub Maktoub, Baron/Boisanté Gallery, New York, NY, USA


Curt Marcus Gallery, New York, NY, USA


Gallerie Ascan Crone, Hamburg, Germany


Prix BCG '90, Musée Rath, Geneva, Switzerland


 


1989                 


Akhnaton, Centre of Arts - Akhnaton Gallery, Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt


Not Vital: Dessins et sculptures, Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris, France


Not Vital: Sculptures and works on paper, Greenberg Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri, USA


Not Vital, Galerie Montenay, Paris, France


Not Vital, Baron/Boisanté Gallery, New York, USA


 


1988                 


Not Vital, Curt Marcus Gallery, New York, NY, USA


Binz 39, Scuol, Switzerland


Plastiken und Zeichnungen, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Lucerne, Switzerland


Galerie Ascan Crone, Hamburg, Germany


Baron/Boisanté Gallery, New York, NY, USA


Works on Paper, Swiss Institute, New York, NY, USA


Studio Guenzani, Milan, Italy


Bronzen (1000 Kacke für ein Kindespital in Katmandu), Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria


 


1987                 


Rudolf Zwirner Galerie, Cologne, Germany


Gallery Nature Morte, New York, NY, USA


 


1986                 


Sculpture and Drawings, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA


Gallery Nature Morte, New York, NY, USA


Galleria Pinta, Genova, Switzerland


 


1985                 


Sculptures and Drawings, Willard Gallery, New York, NY, USA


Sculpturen en Tekeningen, Galerie Barbara Farber, Amsterdam, Netherlands


 


1984


Not Vital, Galerie Nature Morte, New York, USA


Ref. 84, Palud No. 1, Lausanne, Switzerland


Recent sculptures and drawings, Mendelson Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA


Plastiken und Zeichnungen, Galerie Hartmann, St. Gallen, Switzerland


 


1983


Galerie Nature Morte, New York, NY, USA


Not Vital. Recent Drawings, Mendelson Gallery, Pittsburgh, USA


 


1982                 


Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus, Switzerland


Not Vital: Zeichnungen und Objekte, Gimpel-Hanover and André Emmerich Galeries, Zürich, Switzerland


 


1981                 


Recent Drawings, Albert White Gallery, Toronto, Canada              


Altstadt Gallerie, Chur, Switzerland


 


1980                 


Gimpel-Hanover and André Emmerich Galeries, Zürich, Switzerland


Mendelson Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA


 


1979


Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur, Chur, Switzerland


 


1977


Städtische Galerie "Zum Strauhof", Zurich Switzerland


 


1976


Bündner Kunstmuseum, Chur, Switzerland


Galerie Peter Noser, Zurich, Switzerland


 


1975


Galerie Peter Noser, Zurich, Switzerland


 


1974


Dritte Galerie, Zofingen, Switzerland


 


1973


Galleria LP 220, Turin, Italy


 


1972


Galleria Diagramma, Milan, Italy


 


1971


Bündner Kunstmuseum, Chur, Switzerland


Not Vital, Galleria Diagramma, Milan, Italy


Galleria LP 220, Turin, Italy


Group exhibitions

2017


Zeichnungen und Wandfarben, Galerie Luciano Fasciati, Chur, Switzerland


En Marche: faire un pas, c'est faire un choix, Le Pénitencier, Soin, Switzerland


Art of the Treasure Art, Chianti region, Italy




2016


Nuove Consonanze: Opere dalle collezioni del museo, Museuo d’Arte della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano, Switzerland


Illumination, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark


The City, Faraway, FRAC Centre, Orléans, France


Presently, Galerie Neugerriemschneider, Berlin, Germany


Aitor Ortiz - NotOna Island, Galerie Luciano Fasciati, Chur, Switzerland


Un percorso d'arte, Morcote, Switzerland


20 Jahre Hölderlinstrasse 55, Edith Wahlandt Galerie, Stuttgart, Germany


Where Does The Wind Blow, If There Is No Air?, Superespacio, Santiago, Chile


SPLIT. Mirror, Light, Reflection, Schauwerk Sindelfingen, Sindelfingen, Germany


 


2015


Space Age, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Pantin, France


Muster, Modelle, Parodien. Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Gerhard Richter, Not Vital, Nietzsche-Haus, Sils Maria, Switzerland


Biennale Skulpturen Symposium, Wintherthur, Switzerland


PINK, Collezione Giancarlo e Danna Olgiati, Spazio -1, Lugano, Switzerland


Africa: Architecture, Culture And Identity, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark


Simple Forms: Contemplating Beauty, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan


Signs/Words, Sperone Westwater, New York, NY, USA


30 YEARS: Artists of the Gallery, Galerie Tschudi, Zuoz, Switzerland


Words an images. Books beyond artists, Ivorypress Space, Madrid, Spain


Private view 2, Städtische Galerien, Villingen-Schwenningen


Not Vital e Laura Bott, Chasa Jaura Museum, Val Müstair, Switzerland


La Collezione. Confronti, Museo d'Arte, Mendrisio, Switzerland


 


2014


One Way: Peter Marino, Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, Florida, USA


For your eyes only, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy


Des Hommes et La Forêt, Château de Nyon, Nyon, Switzerland


Elevation 1049: Between Heaven and Hell, Gstaad Biennial, Gstaad, Switzerland


ALPENLIEBE, Kaiser Franz Josefs Höhe Centre, Heiligenblut am Großglockner, Carinthia & East Tyrol, Austria


Unterirdisch: Das Spektakel des Unsichtbaren, Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland


Inhabiting the World, Busan Biennale 2014, Busan, South Korea


Mit Papier arbeiten, Edith Wahlandt Galerie Stuttgart, Germany


An inner dialogue. The contemporary self-portrait, Gallerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria


Platform, Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels, Belgium


Bloodflames Revisited, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, USA


FOR YOUR EYES ONLY, Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland


M Home: Living in Space, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing, China


 


2013


Uninhabitable Objects: Dwellings between Imagination and Reality, NAIRS Centre for Contemporary Art, Scuol, Switzerland


Blickachsen 9: Contemporary Sculpture in Bad Homburg and Frankfurt/Rhein-Mai, Frankfurt/Main, Germany 


Uninhabitable Objects: Dwellings between Imagination and Reality, Bündner Kunstmuseum, Chur, Switzerland


Moving: Norman Foster on Art, Carré d'Art - Musée d'art contemporain, Nîmes, France


Not Vital, Dayanita Singh per la Biennale d'arte 2013, Giogio Mastinu Fien Art, Venice, Italy


Signs/Words, Sperone Westwater Lugano, Switzerland


L'adöver da l'art, NAIRS, Center da cultura NAIRS, Scuol, Switzerland


Secondo anno, Collezione Giancarlo e Danna Olgiati, Lugano Switzerland


  


2012


Carpe Diem, Toyota Municipal Museum, Nagoya, Japan


Marble Sculpture from 350 B.C to last week, Sperone Westwater, NYC, NY, USA


Art et Nature, Jardin du Havel, Saint Hymer, France


10 Years in the Engadin, Galerie Tschudi, Zuoz, Switzerland


Printin', The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA


Säen, ernten, glücklich sein, Fontana Park Chur, Switzerland


White: Marble and Paint, From Antiquity to Now, Robilant + Veona, London, U.K.


Formungen, Galerie Luciano Fasciati, Chur, Switzerland


 


2011


Director’s Choice, Bünder Kunstmuseum, Chur, Switzerland


Idea and Object, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria


Arp, Beckmann, Munch, Kirchner, Warhol… Classics in Bonn. The Unknown Collection from Bielefeld, Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bonn, Germany


 


2010


25 Jahre Galerie Tschudi, Galerie Tschudi, Zurich, Switzerland.



Tuileries 2010 (part of FIAC Paris 2010), Paris, France


Zeichnungen. Disegns - ün museum subjectiv, NAIRS, Center da cultura NAIS, Scuol, Switzerland


Director's Choice, Bündner Kunstmuseum, CHur Switzerland


Idea and Object, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria


 


2009


Fuentes (Artists and Their Inspirations), Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg
, Austria


Fuentes (Non-European Influences on Contemporary Artists), Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


Sculpture in Nature, Nature of Sculpture, Foundation De 11 Lijnen, Oudensburg, Belgium


In der Nacht, Galerie Luciano Fasciati, Chur Switzerland


 


2008       


Not Vital and Emil Lukas, Mendelson Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA


Blood on Paper, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
, UK


Wunderkammer: A Century of Curiosities, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

, NY, USA


Am Nabel der Welt. Kunst aus Graubünden, Bündner Kunstmuseum, Chur, Switzerland


Kunst zum Mittag - Bildbetrachtungen für den leichten Hunger, Bündner Kunstmuseum, Chur, Switzerland


Zwischenlandung. Werke aus der Sammlung nationale suisse, Museum Franz Gertsch, Burgdorf, Switzerland


 


2007


25 Jahre Galerie Crone, Galerie Crone, Berlin, Germany.


Exposures, the contemporary self-portrait, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria.


Von Tag zu Tag, Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur, Chur, Switzerland.



Contemporary Art on Paper, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.


Collective One, Galerie Guy Bärtschi, Geneva, Switzerland


 


2006        


Mountains, Fondation Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland


The Arts Club of Chicago, USA


Galerie Guy Bärtschi, Geneva, Switzerland


 


2005                 


Galerie Tschudi, Zuoz, Switzerland


 


2004


Caratsch de Pury & Luxembourg, Zürich, Switzerland


Sperone Westwater, New York, NY, USA


Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin, Germany


Alden Gallery, Moscow, Russia


New Tretiakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia


 


2003


Chasa Jaura, Valchava, Switzerland


Museo Cantonale d’Arte, Lugano, Switzerland


 


2002


Kunsthalle Göppingen, Göppingen, Germany


Museum zum Allerheiligen, Schaffhausen, Germany


 


2001                 


De Pury & Luxembourg, Zürich, Switzerland


Galleria Cardl & Co, Milan, Italy


Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria


 


2000                  


Nils StaerkGalerie, Copenhagen, Denmark


 


1999


Präsentation Zeitgenössischer Kunst, Bayrische Versicherungsbank AG, Unterföhring, Germany


Impressing The Body, University Gallery, Fine Arts Center, University Of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA


Magisches Rätisches Dreieck, Drei Künstler - Drei Positionen, Schloss Landeck, Landeck, Austria


Konnex Kairo, Kunst Museum Thun, Thun, Switzerland


 


1998


Zeitgenössische Skulptur, Europa-Afrika, 7. Triennale der Kleinplastik 1998, SüdwestLB Forum Stuttgart, Germany


Galleria Maria Cilena, Milan, Italy


 


1997                 


Objectivity, Contemporary Art Center Of Virginia, Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA


Animaux et animaux, Zeitgenössische Kunst und Zoologie, Museum zu Allerheiligen, Schaffhausen, Switzerland


Kunstverein Schaffhausen, Schaffhausen, Switzerland


Animals, Baron / Boisanté, New York, NY, USA


Schweizer Kunst, Auktionshaus Sotheby’s, Zürich, Switzerland


 


1996                 


The Material Imagination, Untitled, Guggenheim Museum Soho, New York, NY, USA


Projects, 3 New + 3 Old, Baron / Boisanté, New York, NY, USA


Thinking Print, Books to Billboards, 1980 - 1995, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA


Dissimilar & Unrelated Sculptures, Baron / Boisanté, New York, NY, USA


Übergänge: Kunst aus Graubünden 1936 - 1996, Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur, Chur, Switzerland


 


1995                 


(W) H O (W) ARE YOU?, Galerie Anhava, Helsinki, Finland


Show Of Sculpture, Sperone Westwater, New York, NY, USA


Selected Projects Of ’81 - ’95, Baron / Boisanté, New York, NY, USA


Schrift Im Bild, Galerie Luciano Fasciati, Chur, Switzerland


Beyond Switzerland - Works by Contemporary Swiss Artists, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong


 


1994               


Drawing in Black and White, A Selection of Contemporary Works…, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA


A Century of Artists Books, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA           


Art Cologne, Galerie Edith Wahlandt, Cologne, Germany


The Body Human, Nohra Haime Gallery, New York, NY, USA


Curtis Anderson and Not Vital, Baron/Boisanté, New York, NY, USA


Projekt Schweiz II, Natur - Kultur, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland


 


1993


Self - Evidence, Self-Portraits in Prints and Photographs, New York Public Library, New York, NY, USA


Across The River and Into The Trees, a Sculpture Show, The Rushmore Festival, Rushmore, Minnesota, USA


Works On Paper, Baron/Boisanté, New York, NY, USA                                         


 


1992           


Drawn in the 90’s, The Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, New York, USA


Drawn in the 90’s, Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington, Indiana, USA


Drawn in the 90’s, Kerr Gallery, Alberta College of Art, Alberta, Canada


Drawn in the 90’s, Hunstville Museum of Art, Hunstville, Alabama, USA


also Exeter, New Hampshire, USA; San Diego, California, USA; Lamont, Wisconsin, USA


Not Vital und Florio Puenter, Pinta Galleria, Geneva, Switzerland


Skulpturen Und Arbeiten Auf Papier, Galerie Nova Fredi Büchel, Pontresina, Switzerland


Donald Baechler, Michael Byron, Not Vital, Baron/Boisanté, New York, NY, USA


Works On Paper, Baron/Boisanté, New York, NY, USA


 


1991                 


Druckgraphik & Multiples, Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur, Chur , Switzerland


Skulpturen - Bilder - Grafiken, Galerie Nova, Pontresina, Switzerland


Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria


 


1990                 


Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur, Chur, Switzerland


The First Five Years, The Kaldewey Press At Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA


 


1989                 


La Suisse Romanche Vue Par Iso Camartin, Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris, France


Reflets Contemporains d’une Collection, Musée Pulliérane, Pully, Switzerland


Reflets Contemporains d’une Collection, Musée des beaux-arts, Locle, Switzerland


Projects and Portfolios, Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY, USA            


Monochrome, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts, USA


The New Poverty II, Meyers Bloom Gallery, St. Monica, California, USA


Object of Thought, A Collection of Objects and Small Sculptures, Anders Tornberg Gallery, New York, USA


The 1980s, Prints from the Collection of Joshua P. Smith, National Gallery of Art, Washington D. C., USA


Selected Multiples, Brooke Alexander Editions, New York, USA


Gemälde und Skulpturen, Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur, Chur, Switzerland


 


1988                 


Blow Up, Kunstmuseum Lucerne, Lucerne, Switzerland


Works on Paper, Curt Marcus Gallery, New York, NY, USA


Off White, Diane Brown Gallery, New York, NY, USA


Not Vital, Salvatore Scarpitta, Studio Guenzani, Milan, Italy


Kaldeway Press, Thomas E. Watson Library, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA


Konfrontationen von Angelika Kauffmann bis Miriam Cahn, Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur, Chur, Switzerland


Donald Baechler, Michael Byron, Not Vital, Baron/Boisanté, New York, NY, USA


Not Vital, Ange Leccia, Dennis Adams, Galerie Faust, Geneva, Switzerland


Recent Acquisitions, Museum of Modern Art (Dep. of Prints and Illustrated Books), New York, NY, USA


 


1987                 


The New Poverty, John Gibson Gallery, New York, NY, USA


Drawing Since 1940, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA


16 Schweizer Künstler, Druck-Graphik der 80er Jahre, Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur, Chur, Switzerland


Similia / Dissimilia, Städtische Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf, Germany


Similia / Dissimilia, Wallach Art Gallery, Leo Castelli Gallery, Sonnabend Gallery, New York, NY, USA


Similia / Dissimilia, Curt Marcus Gallery, New York, NY, USA


The Antique Future, Massimo Audiello Gallery, New York, NY, USA


Walls and Spaces, three swiss artists, Rosmarie Koczy, Oliver Mosset, Not Vital, New York, NY, USA


 


1986                 


Invitational Exhibition, Curt Marcus Gallery, New York, NY, USA


Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY, USA


Time After Time, Diana Brown Gallery, New York, NY, USA


Willard Gallery, New York, NY, USA


Verso Sud e Verso Nord: Artisti italiani e svizzeri, Palazzo Vagnotti, Cortona, Italy


 


1985                 


Male Sexuality, Art City, New York, NY, USA


Gallery Nature Morte, New York, NY, USA


Graffiti And East Village Artists, Librizzi Gallery, New York, NY, USA


Objects of Comfort, City Without Walls, Newark, New Jersey, USA


Cult and Decorum, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY, USA


American Paintings 1975 - 1985, The Aaron and Phillis Katz Collection, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Colorado, USA


Large Drawings, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA


Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur, Chur, Switzerland


 


1984                 


Ref. 84, Palud N° 1, Lausanne, Switzerland


Aspekte Aktueller Bündner Kunst, Bündner Kunstmuseum, Chur, Chur, Switzerland


Jim Colarusso, Michael Hafftka, Christoph Hertzog, Not Vital, Mendelson Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA


Wedge Benefit, Gallery Nature Morte, New York, NY, USA


Selected Drawings by Eleven Artists, Willard Gallery, New York, NY, USA


Eccentric Image(s), Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA


 


1983


Not Vital, Corsin Fontana, Das Auslöschen Der Bilder Durch Die Zeit, Galerie Claudia Knapp, Chur, Switzerland


Twelve Swiss Artists, Gimpel-Hanover + André Emmerich Galleries, Zürich, Switzerland


Gimpel-Hanover Gallery, London, UK


Not Vital, Steve Staso, Julian L. Mosca, Schweizerhof, Vulpera, Switzerland


Niveau Gallery, New York, NY, USA


New Expressions, Leonarda di Mauro Gallery, New York, NY, USA


Joseph Nechvatal, Not Vital, Robin Weglinski, Gallery Nature Morte, New York, NY, USA


Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur, Chur, Switzerland


 


1982                 


Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur, Chur, Switzerland


Yulla Lipchitz And Not Vital, Mendelson Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA


Animals And Archetypes, P. S. 122, New York, NY, USA


 


1980                 


Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur, Chur, Switzerland


 


1979                 


Sommerausstellung, Galerie Schöner Wohnen, Zürich and Locarno, Switzerland


Weihnachtsausstellung der Bündner Künstler, Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur, Chur, Switzerland


 


1977                 


Städtische Galerie Zum Strauhof, Zürich, Switzerland


 


1976


Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur, Chur, Switzerland


 


 


Bibliography

ARTICLES


 


‘A Mind Safari with Stargazer Not Vital’, Huffpost Arts & Culture, December 2013


‘Life as he knows it’,  The New York Times Style Magazine, Design Fall 2013


'A Grotesque Stillness Flirts With Flamboyance', The New York Times, 2012


Artner, Alan, ‘Seemingly an Outsider, Vital Transcends Borders’, Chicago Tribune, 16 March 2006.


Baldrighi, Luciana, ‘Salavtore Scarpitta e Not Vital’, L’Arca, n. 13.


Bradley, Kimberly, ‘Quiet Vitality’, Artnet (http://www.artnet.com/magazine/reviews), 12th May, 2004.


Brenson, Michael, ‘Similia/Dissimilia’, The New York Times, Friday, December 18th, 1987. 


Chauvy, Laurence, ‘Not Vital: un art engagé’, Journal de Genève, Tuesday, 18th December 1990.


Collins, Lauren., ‘You Say Vidal’, The New Yorker, 1st October 2007.


Conti, Viana ,‘Nasce Pinta’, Flash Art (Italian Edition), N. 137, February-March 1987.


Cotter, Holland, ‘Not Vital at Curt Marcus’, Art in America, October, 1988.


Currah, Mark, ‘Not Vital: Berggruen and Zevi’, Time Out London, 11-18 January 1995.


Decter, Joshua, ‘Reviews’, Flash Art, October 1988.


Duff, Stacey, ‘Vitality Stories’, Time Out Beijing, June 2008.


Esman, Abigail R., ‘Swiss Art Today’, Art and Auction, 1983.


Evans-Clark, Philip, ‘“New Poverty” Show at the Gibson Gallery’, The New York Observer, October 26th, 1987.


Frankel, David, ‘Not Vital, Sperone Westwater’, Artforum, Summer 2004.


Iannacci, Anthony,  ‘Not Vital: Sperone Westwater’, Artforum, October 1995.


Johnson, Ken, ‘Not Vital’, The New York Times, Friday, 5th 1999.


Johnson, Ken, ‘Not Vital: Sperone Westwater’, The New York Times, 16th April, 2004.


Karmel, Pepe.,  ‘The Stuff of Dreams And the Natural World’, The New York Times, January 5th, 1996.


Kimmelman, Michael, ‘Review/Art’, The New York Times, Friday April 27th, 1990.


 


King, Elaine A., ‘East Coast Reviews’, New Art Examiner, June 1984.


Koplos, Janet, ‘Not Vital at Sperone Westwater’, Art in America,


1 April 2008.


Krienke, Mary, ‘Not Vital: Galerie Lehmann’, Art News, April 1993.


Kuspit, Donald, ‘Not Vital’s Relics of the Present’, Artforum International, January, 1989.


Low, Markus, ‘Totems to a World Past Or yet to Come’, Swiss American Review, May 11th, 1988


Mahony, Robert, ‘New York in Review’, Arts Magazine, September, 1990.


Maneguzzo, Marco, ‘Not Vital: De Pury & Luxembourg/Galleria Cardi & Co – Reviews: Zurich/Milan’, Artforum, April 2002.


Miller, Donald, ‘His Name’s Not Vital, But His Art Has Life’, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Friday March 28th, 1980.


Morgan, Robert, ‘Not Vital’, Review, 15 September, 1999.


Neri, Louise, Interview, ‘Not Vital: Common Currency’, Parkett, n 33, 1992.


Princenthal, Nancy, ‘The Underside of Innocence’, Art in America, September 2004.


Rabitsch, Virginia, ‘Kunst and “Architecture without Architects”: Hans-Jörg Ruch und Not Vital’, Viso Architektur, n 5, 2010.


Raplot, Mark, ‘Not Vital: New Sculptures, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac’, Modern Painters, March 2005.


Schmidt-Wulffen, Stephan, ‘Spotlight’, Flash Art, November 1987.


 


Smith, Roberta, ‘Not Vital’, The New York Times, 25th June, 1993.


Spiegler, Marc, ‘Not Vital’, Art + Auction, April 2004.


Stoeber, Michael, ‘Not Vital, Being and Building’, Sculpture Magazine, January/February, 2006.


Tallman, Susan, ‘Multiples by Not Vital’, Arts Magazine, May 1980.


Upshaw, Reagan, ‘Not Vital at Sperone Westwater’, Art in America, November, 1995.


Upshaw, Reagan, ‘Not Vital at Willard’, Art in America, June 1985.


Vettese, Angela, ‘Salavtore Scarpitta, Not Vital: Studio Guenzani, Flash Art (Italian Edition), n 144.


Weintraub, Linda, ‘Not Vital’, Tema Celeste, 104, August, 2004.


Zimmer, William, “City Without Walls: ‘Objects of Comfort’”, The New York Times, Sunday, April 14th, 1985.


‘Not Vital – Less Is More’, Swiss American Review, February 27th, 1985.


 


 


CATALOGUES


 


‘Not Why’ Exhibition Catalogue, Galerie Urs Miele, Beijing, Text Christoph Doswald, trans. Werner Richter, 2009.


 


‘Not Vital’, Exhibition catalogue, Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago IL, USA, Stephen Grahem, Cathy S. Cottong, Akhmed Haidera, 2006.


 


‘Not Vital: Agadez’, Exhibition catalogue, Kunsthalle Bleiefeld, 2005.


 


‘Not Vital’ Exhibition catalogue, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, 2005. Interview Louise Neri.


 


‘Not Vital’, Exhibition catalogue, Sperone Westwater Gallery, New York, 2004.


 


‘Vital’, Exhibition catalogue, Galerie Guy Bärtschi, 2002.


 


‘Fat Es Fat’, Exhibition catalogue, Kunstverein Schaffhausen, 2002.


 


‘Voglio vedere le mie montagne’, Exhibition Catalogue, Galleria Cardi, Milan, Italy, text by Not Vital, 2001.


 


‘Not Vital’, Exhibition catalogue, Sperone Westwater Gallery, New York, 1999.


 


‘Not Vital’, Exhibition catalogue, Malmö Konsthall, Anthony Jannacci, Bera Nordal, 1998.


 


‘Not Vital’, Exhibition catalogue, Musée Rath, Genèva, Switzerland, Claude Ritschard ‘Le Veau d'or ou la sculpture conceptuelle de Not Vital’, 1990.


 


‘Not Vital at Akhnaton’, Exhibition catalogue, André v. Grafenried; Mohamed Taha Hussien, 1989.


 


‘Not Vital, Works on Paper’, Exhibition catalogue, Swiss Institute New York, Ziba de Weck, 1988.


 


Bigger Than You’: A Sculpture by Not Vital for the Swiss Volksbank in St. Moritz, published by Studio Guenzani, Milan, 1988. Text Claudio Guenzani, Hans-Jörg Ruch, Beat Stutzer, trans. Barabar Naddeo, Lucas Dietrich, Carolyn Phillips.


Public and private collections

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA




The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York, USA




Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, USA




Carnegie Institute, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, USA


Dallas Museum of Art, Texas, USA




Musee d'Art et Histoire, Geneva, Switzerland




Bündner Kunstmuseum, Chur, Switzerland




Kunstmuseum, Glarus, Switzerland




Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland




Kunstmuseum Luzern, Lucerne, Switzerland




Graphische Sammlung der ETH Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland




Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria


The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford, UK


Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany


Schauwerk Sindelfingen, Germany



Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi, Japan


 


Architectural projects


 


House to Watch the Sunset, Mongolia (forthcoming)


House to Watch the Sunset, Vava’u, Tonga (forthcoming)


Chapel, Bataan, Philippines, 2017


House to Watch the Sunset, Flores, Indonesia, 2017


House With Straw Roof, Flores, Indonesia, 2017


House to Watch the Sunset, Paranà do Mamori, Amazon, Brazil, 2016


House With No Doors, Paranà do Mamori, Amazon, Brazil, 2016


Painting Studio, Sent, Switzerland, 2015


NotOna, Patagonia, Chile, 2014


House to Watch the Night Skies, Aladab, Niger, 2006


House Against Heat and Sandstorms, Aladab, Niger, 2006


House to Watch the Sunset, Aladab, Niger, 2006


Makaranta, Agadez, Niger, 2003


Mekafonie, Agadez, Niger, 2003