Willy Weber (artist)

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Willy Weber (born June 16, 1933 in Bern ; † May 11, 1998 in Boll-Sinneringen ) was a Swiss iron sculptor and visual artist .

life and work

After a commercial apprenticeship, Weber lived in Algeria for a year and trained as a painter from 1956. From 1958 to 1962 he made surrealist oil paintings. In 1960 Weber shot through a brass plate , these works of art formed the basis of the «exploded reliefs», a group of works of art by Weber. When Otto Piene , Heinz Mack and Günther Uecker went public with the artist group ZERO in Düsseldorf in 1962 , the first explosive sculptures were created, steel plates shaped with dynamite . In the beginning, these were painted in color, but chrome-plated from 1967.

In 1965 Weber wrote a manifesto on his actions; ... The art of our cultural epoch ... must reproduce the dynamic element of the explosion, as an expression of time and culture, lead in an expansion-like manner into the universe and the future. Weber, who pursued his path with determination, received a presentation at Howard Wis e in New York City in 1969 , whereupon the Swiss Confederation donated the large-format relief "Apollo X" to the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts . Weber represented Switzerland at the São Paulo Biennale in 1969, and also at the 1972 Venice Biennale . In the 1980s, Willy Weber became quieter Displeasure thesis ». Weber died in 1998 as a result of an illness.

Works by Willy Weber can be found in the Onstand Collection in Norway , in the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, as well as in the Nelson Rockefeller Collection also in New York, in the Ted Weiner Collection in Fort Worth Texas , in the Helsinki Art Museum , in the Soto Museum in Venezuela , in the Cincinnati Art Center , in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo . Solo exhibitions have taken place at the Howard Wise Gallery in New York City, at Gimpel and Fils in London, the Galerie Krebs in Bern, and the Galerie del Naviglio in Milan. A list of all exhibitions would include more than 60 solo exhibitions and over 150 group exhibitions.

Publicly owned works


  • Willy Weber: Kunstmuseum Bern, July 3 to August 16, 1987 , Bern: Kunstmuseum, 1987
  • Richard Paul Lohse : Willy Weber , 36e Biennale de Venise, 1972 (in French)

Web links

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