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


POLES, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France.



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.



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.



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 City, U.S.A.

NOT VITAL: PIZ, Gian Enzo Sperone, Sent, Switzerland

EVERTON, Sperone Westwater, New York City, U.S.A.

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



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.

Œuvres sur papier, Guy Bärtschi, Geneva, Switzerland

Not Vital 5 Spaniards & Nothing, Ivorypress C / Comandante Zorita 48, Madrid, Spain



Not Vital: , Sperone Westwater, NYC, NY, USA.

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

Not Vital, Sperone Westwater, New York, USA

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



Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris.

'Not Vital: Full On (The Portraits)', 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, Zurich, Switzerland.

'Hanging & Waiting', Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels, Belgium



Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria.

'Suicides', Ben Brown Fine Arts, London, UK.

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

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Editions, Salzburg, Austria



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

‘Schlafendes Haus’, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria

‘Pelvis’, Galerie Luciano Fasciati, Chur Switzerland



‘Tongue’, Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing-Lucerne, Beijing, China

‘Let One Hundred Flowers Bloom’, Beijing, China

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



‘Punts’, Galerie Luciano Fasciati, Chur, Switzerland

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



'The Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Galerie Guy Bartschi, Geneva, Switzerland



Agadez, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany

'New Sculpture,' Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris

'Not Vital: Agadez', Albion, London

'New Sculpture', Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg



Sperone Westwater, New York

Milla Larmas Id Ün Chamel, Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin

300 Camels, Central House of Artists, Moscow



Chasa Jaura, Valchava, Switzerland

Galerie Tschudi, Zuoz, Switzerland



'New Sculpture,' de Pury & Luxembourg, Zürich

'Not Vital, Mias muntognas,' Edith Wahlandt Galerie, Stuttgart

'Vital,' Galerie Guy Bärtschi, Geneva. (catalogue)



Galleria Cardi & Co., Milan



Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris

‚New Sculputre de Pury’ & Luxenbourg, Zürich

Galleria Cardi, Milano

49th International Art Exhibition Venice Bienniale



Meine Schafe, Galerie Luciano Fasciati, Chur

Nils Stark Galerie, Copenhagen


‚Snowballs’, Baron / Boisanté, New York

Sperone Westwater, New York


‚Skulputrer Och Teckniingar’, Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm, Sweden

Nototo, 1000 Eventi, Milano



‚Large Works on Paper’ Baron / Boisanté, New York

Totem Und Tabu, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld - D, cat.

Sperone Westwater, New York

Malmö Konsthall, Malmö - S, cat.


Schoppa, Galerie Luciano Fasciati, Chur

Gallaria D'Art Center Augustin, Scuol



1000 Eventi, Torino

Galleria Gian Enzo Sperone, Roma

‚Sculpture’ Sperone Westwater, New York , cat.

‚Private View’ Berggruen & Zevi Limited, London

Galerie Lehmann, Lausanne (Conference de NV Chez Sotheby's Genève)


Galerie Edith Wahlandt, Stuttgart

Mendelson Gallery, Pittsburgh

Berggruen & Zevi Limited, London

Kunsthalle Basel, cat.



’Adam, One Afternoon’, Baron/Boisanté, New York

Gallerie Lehmann, Lausanne

Gallaria D'Art Center Augustin Scuol

’Cow Dung , New Bronze Works’ Wooster Gardens, New York

Gallerie Niels Ewerbeck, Wien

Kunsthalle, Basel, Switzerland



’Sculture Recenti’ Studio Guenzani, Milano

Cacche Di Mucca, Via Farini Galleria, Milano

Kunsthandlung Luciano Fasciati, Chur

Gallerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg



‚The Complete Prints and Multiples’ Bündner Kunstmuseum, Chur, cat.

Baron/Boisanté Gallery, New York, cat.                  
Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, Salzburg



PS Gallery, Tokyo, cat.

Baron/Boisanté Gallery, New York

Curt Marcus Gallery, New York

Gallerie Ascan Crone, Hamburg

Prix BCG '90, Musée Rath, Genève, cat.



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

Centre culturel suisse, Paris

Greenberg Gallery, St. Louis

Galerie Montenay, Paris



Curt Marcus Gallery, New York

Binz 39, Scuol

Kunstmuseum Luzern, Luzern, cat.

Galerie Ascan Crone, Hamburg

Baron/Boisanté Gallery, New York

Swiss Institute, New York, cat.



Rudolf Zwirner Galerie, Köln



Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles

Gallery Nature Morte, New York

Galleria Pinta, Genova



‚Sculptures and Drawings’ Willard Gallery, New York

‚Sculpturen en Tekeningen’ Galerie Barbara Farber, Amsterdam



Nature Morte, New York

Mendelson Gallery, Pittsburgh

Gallerie Hartmann, St. Gallen



Mendelson Gallery, Pittsburgh



Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus

Gimpel-Hanover and Andre Emmerich Galerien, Zürich



Albert White Gallery, Toronto                 

Altstadt Gallerie Chur, Chur



Gimpel-Hanover and Andre Emmerich Galerien, Zürich

Mendelson Gallery, Pittsburg



Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur, Chur, cat.



Gallerie Peter Noser, Zürich



Dritte Galerie, Zofingen



Galleria LP 220, Torino



Galleria Diagramma, Milano



Galerie d'art moderne, Chur

Group exhibitions


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.



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.



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

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

'ALPENLIEBE', Kaiser Franz Josefs Höhe Centre, Carinthia & East Tyrol

'Unterirdisch - Das Spektakel des Unsichtbaren', Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Zürich

'Inhabiting the World', Busan Biennale 2014, Busan, Corea



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

'Blickachsen 9 - Contemporary Sculpture in Bad Homburg and Frankfurt/Rhein-Main”, FrankfurtMain, 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



'10 Years in the Engadin', Galerie Tschudi, Zuoz, Engadin.



'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.



'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



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

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



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

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



Not Vital and Emil Lukas, Mendelson Gallery, Pittsburgh
Blood on Paper, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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



‘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, PA, USA.

‘Collective One’, Galerie Guy Bärtschi, Geneva, Switzerland.



'Mountains', Fondation Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland

The Arts Club of Chicago, USA

Galerie Guy Bärtschi, Geneva, Switzerland



Galerie Tschudi, Switzerland



Caratsch de Pury & Luxembourg, Zurich

Sperone Westwater, New York (Katalog)

Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin

Alden Gallery, Moskou

New Tretiakov Gallery, Moskau



Chasa Jaura, Valchava

Museo Cantonale d’Arte, Lugano (Katalog)



Kunsthalle Goppingen

Museum zum Allerheiligen, Schaffhausen (Katalog)



De Pury & Luxembourg, Zurich

Galleria Cardl & Co, Malland (Katalog)

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg



Nils StaerkGalerie, Kopenhagen



Präsentation Zeitgenössischer Kunst, Bayrische Versicherungsbank AG, Unterföhring

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

Magisches Rätisches Dreieck, Drei Künstler - Drei Positionen, Schloss Landeck, cat.

Konnex Kairo, Kunst Museum Thun, Thun, cat.



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

Galleria Maria Cilena, Milano



Objectivity, Contemporary Art Center Of Virginia, Virginia Beach

Animeaux et animeaux, Zeitgenöss. Kunst u. Zoologie, Museum zu Allerheiligen,

Kunstverein Schaffhausen, cat.

Animals, Baron / Boisanté, New York

Schweizer Kunst, Auktionshaus Sotheby’s, Zürich, cat.



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

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

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

Dissimilar & Unrelated Sculptures, Baron / Boisanté, New York

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



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

Show Of Sculpture, Sperone Westwater, New York

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

Schrift Im Bild, Galerie Luciano Fasciati, Chur

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



Drawing in Black and White, A Selection of Contemporary Works…,

The Museum of Modern Art, New York

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

Art Cologne, Galerie Edith Wahlandt, Köln

The Body Human, Nohra Haime Gallery, New York

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

Projekt Schweiz II, Natur - Kultur, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, cat.



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

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

Works On Paper, Baron/Boisanté, New York



Drawn in the 90’s, The Katonah Museum of Art - EGYPT

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

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

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

also Exeter, San Diego, Lamont, Warchester all USA           

Not Vital und Florio Puenter, Pinta Galleria, Genève

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

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

Works On Paper, Baron/Boisanté, New York



Druckgraphik & Multiples, Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur, Chur , cat.

Skulpturen - Bilder - Grafiken, Galerie Nova, Pontresina

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg



Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur, Chur, cat.

The First Five Years, The Kaldewey Press At Harvard University, Boston, cat.



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

Reflets Contemporains d’une Collection, Musée Pulliérane, Pully, cat.

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

Projects and Portfolios, Brooklyn Museum, New York            

Monochrome, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston

The New Poverty II, Meyers Bloom Gallery, St. Monica, CA.

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

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

Selected Multiples, Brooke Alexander Editions, New York

Gemälde und Skulpturen, Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur, cat.



"Blow Up", Kunstmuseum Luzern, Luzern

Works on Paper, Curt Marcus Gallery, New York

Off White, Diane Brown Gallery, New York

Not Vital, Salvatore Scarpitta, Studio Guenzani, Milano

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

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

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

Not Vital, Ange Leccia, Dennis Adams, Galerie Faust, Genève

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



The New Poverty, John Gibson Gallery, New York, cat.

Drawing Since 1940, Museum of Modern Art, New York

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

Similia / Dissimilia, Städtische Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf, cat.

Similia / Dissimilia, Wallach Art Gallery, Leo Castelli Gallery, Sonnabend Gallery, cat.

Similia / Dissimilia, Curt Marcus Gallery, New York, cat.

The Antique Future, Massimo Audiello Gallery, New York

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



Invitational Exhibition, Curt Marcus Gallery, New York

Brooklyn Museum, New York

Time After Time, Diana Brown Gallery, New York

Willard Gallery, New York

Verso Sud e Verso Nord - Artisti italiani e svizzeri, Palazzo Vagnotti, Cortona, cat.



Male Sexuality, Art City, New York

Gallery Nature Morte, New York

Graffiti And East Village Artists, Librizzi Gallery, New York

Objects of Comfort, City Without Walls, Newark

Cult and Decorum, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York

American Paintings 1975 - 1985, The Aaron and Phillis Katz Collection,

Aspen Art Museum, Aspen

Large Drawings, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur, Chur



Ref. 84, Palud N° 1, Lausanne, cat.

Aspekte Aktueller Bündner Kunst, Bündner Kunstmuseum, Chur, cat.

Jim Colarusso, Michael Hafftka, Christoph Hertzog, Not Vital, Mendelson Gallery,


Wedge Benefit, Gallery Nature Morte, New York

 Selected Drawings by Eleven Artists, Willard Gallery, New York

"Eccentric Image(s)", Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles



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

Knapp, Chur

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

Gimpel-Hanover Gallery, London

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

Niveau Gallery, New York

New Expressions, Leonarda di Mauro Gallery, New York

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


Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur, Chur



Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur, Chur

Yulla Lipchitz And Not Vital, Mendelson Gallery, Pittsburgh

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



Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur, Chur



Sommerausstellung, Galerie Schöner Wohnen, Zürich und Locarno

Weihnachtsausstellung der Bündner Künstler, Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur, cat.



Städtische Galerie Zum Strauhof, Zürich



Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur, Chur





‘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 (, 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.





‘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, NYC, New York, USA

The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York, USA

Guggenheim Museum, NYC, New York, USA

Carnegie Institute, Pittsburg, PA, USA

Dallas Museum of Art, USA

Musee d'Art et Histoire, Geneva, Switzerland

Bündner Kunstmuseum, Chur, Switzerland

Kunstmuseum, Glarus, Switzerland

Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland

Kunstmuseum Luzern, Luzern, Switzerland

Graphische Sammlung der ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford, England

Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany

Schauwerk Sindelfingen, Germany

Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi, Japan