The Dairy Art Centre is celebrating its opening with a tribute to the Swiss artists John Armleder (Geneva, 1948; lives and works in Geneva), staging the largest ever solo exhibition in the UK. The show was inspired by the presence of many of the artist's works in the collections of Nicolai Frahm and Frank Cohen, and, using them as a starting point, develops multiple dimensions of Armleder's art through his own intervention in both planning and installing the exhibition route.
John Armleder has been a key figure on the contemporary art scene since the early 1970s and, despite the fact that critics, younger artists and the market have widely acknowledged his influence, he remains a difficult figure to define or classify within a movement.
John Armleder has had solo exhibitions at prestigious public institutions such as the Tate Liverpool, the Kunstverein Hannover, MAMCO – Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain in Geneva, the Kunsthalle Zürich, the Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’Art Contemporain, Le Consortium in Dijon, the Wiener Secession, the Villa Arson in Nice, the Kunstverein in Düsseldorf, the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Kunstmuseum Basel and GAMeC in Bergamo. In addition to representing Switzerland at the 1986 Venice Biennale, the artist participated in Documenta 8 the following year.
His works have been shown in collective exhibitions at MoMA New York, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Punta della Dogana/Palazzo Grassi in Venice, the Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, the CAPC Musèe d’Art Contemporain in Bordeaux, the Kunsthalle Wien, the Museum Ludwig in Cologne and the Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Basel.