John Armleder, born in 1948 in Geneva, Switzerland, studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts from 1966-1967 and at the Glamorgan Summer School, Britain in 1969. He is a performance artist, painter and sculptor whose works are based on the Fluxus-involvement from the 1960s-70s. He is one of the co-founders of the Ecart Group, that was not only an independent publishing house but also introduced popular artists such as Joseph Beuys and Andy Warhol to Switzerland. Armleder often examines the context in which art is shown and regards the exhibition as an independent medium. Since the 1990s he has created installations, paintings, murals, sculptures and so-called furniture sculptures - installations that usually juxtapose furniture and monochrome or abstract paintings, either literally on the furniture or on a canvas hanging nearby. His work is very different in form and from the beginning he has used chance as a method to create the final shapes of the pieces, similar to John Cage. He often uses a dense scenographic hanging style, placing individual works in close proximity and creating installative exhibitions.


Armleder's works were shown amongst others at the Schirn Kunsthalle (Frankfurt), the National Museum of Osaka (Japan), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Kunsthalle Zürich, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Geneva), Hirschorn Museum (Washington) and Fondazione Prada (Milan).


selected solo exhibitions


John Armleder. Quicksand 2, Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva

John Armleder, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt

John Armleder: Spoons, moons and masks, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen



Endless, Museion Museum für moderne und zeitgenössische Kunst, Bolzano

John Armleder in Mykonos, Athens School of Fine Arts, Mykonos



Let it Shine, Let it Shine, Let it Shine. It’s Xmas again!, La Rinascente, Milan

Out!, Galerie Andrea Caratsch, Zurich

John M Armleder, L’Académie Conto, Vosne Romanée



John Armleder, Musée national Fernand Léger, Boit



Pantan, Galerie Andrea Caratsch, St. Moritz

Overload, Galerie Andrea Caratsch, Zurich



John Armleder – Away, Galerie Andrea Caratsch, St. Moritz

Volta, St. Moritz Art Masters, St. Moritz

Selected Furniture Sculptures 1979-2012, Swiss Institute of Contemporary Art, New York

John M. Armleder – Décor, Fondation Tuck, Château de Vert-Mont, Rueil-Malmaison



John M Armleder – Away, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice

I’m late, I’m late, I’m running for a date, Galerie Andrea Caratsch, Zurich

Carte Blanche à John M Armleder – All of the above, Palais de Tokyo, Paris



AGAIN, Galerie Andrea Caratsch, Zurich

Paint Happens, Galerie Andrea Caratsch, Zurich

John Armleder: Jacques Garcia, Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris

Scrambled and Poached, Simon Lee Gallery, London

John Armleder, Château des Adhémar, Centre d’art contemporain Montélimar; Caserne Saint Martin, Montélimar

John Armleder, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane



Too Much is not Enough, Rose Art Museum of Brandeis University, Boston



John Armleder, Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover

About Nothing, Works on Paper 1964-2004, ICA Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia

John Armleder, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool

Encore, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Rennes

About Nothing. Works on Paper 1964-2006, MAMCO Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Geneva

Too Much is not Enough, Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover

Match. John M Armleder & Claus Jensen, Kunstmuseum Esjberg, Esjberg



Everything, Caratsch & de Pury, Zurich



John Armleder, Kunstverein Ruhr, Essen

Works on Paper, Kunsthalle Zürich, Zurich



John Armleder, Museo de Chidao, Lisbon



Projects 72, MOMA Museum of Modern Art, New York

John Armleder, Chateau de Fraissé, Fraissé des Corbières

Sylvie Fleury, John Armleder, Kunstmuseum, St. Gallen



John Armleder, Atrium UBS, Geneva



Peintures Murales 1967-1998, Casino Luxembourg, Forum d’Art Contemporain, Luxembourg

at any speed, Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden



Peintures Murales 1967-1997, Le parvis, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Ibos



John Armleder, Villa Carlotta, Fondation Ratti, Tremezzo

John Armleder, ECAL Ecole Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne, Lausanne



John Armleder, Schloss Wolfsberg, Ermatingen



John Armleder, Centre d’Art Contemporain Le Capitou, Fréjus



John Armleder, Wiener Secession, Vienna

John Armleder, Villa Arson, CNAC Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Nice



John Armleder, Centre Genevois de Gravure Contemporaine, Geneva

John Armleder, Centre Culturel de Dax, Ville de Dax

Four Paintings 1989-1992, Centraal Museum, Utrecht

Works on Paper 1966-1992, Centraal Museum, Utrecht



John Armleder, Castello di Rivara, Rivara-Torino



John Armleder, Louis Ferdinand Centre d’Art Contemporain, Châteauroux

Furniture-Sculpture 1980-1990, Musée Rath, Geneva



John M. Armleder, Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Winterthur

John Armleder, L’Arc Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris

John Armleder, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf

John Armleder, Nationalgalerie Berlin, Berlin

John Armleder, Musée de Peinture et de Sculpture, Grenoble



John Armleder, Ecole Nationale d’Art Décoratif, Limoges

John Armleder, 42. Biennale di Venezia, Pavillon Suisse

John Armleder, Musée d’Art et d’Histoire, Geneva



John Armleder, Künstlerhaus, Stuttgart



Arbeiten auf Papier 1962-1983, Kunstmuseum Solothurn, Solothurn



John Armleder, Musée d’Art et d’Histoire, Fribourg

Nylistasafnik, The Living Arts Museum, Reykjavik



891 und weitere Stücke, Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel



Six artistes genevois contemporains, Palais de l’Athénée, Geneva



Rainbows in Heaven et autres dessins, Palais de l’Athénée, Geneva