About the work
Untitled, 1998, by John Armleder. Mirrored surface in metallized polyester. Edition of 30, signed and numbered on the reverse by the artist. The pointed irony that characterizes all of John Armleder's works is now accessible to everyone. Thanks to its mirrored surface, the piece draws both the viewer and the surrounding space into an endless game of reflections and allusions. John Armleder inverts the traditional roles, transforming every one of us into a protagonist of his work.
About the artist
John Armleder (born in Geneva, 1948) is a Swiss artist, critic and curator. Using a vocabulary that is disjointed but always coherent, Armleder has created a versatile, multi-faceted universe that moves fluently between art and design, conceptual art and pop art, elite culture and popular culture. His career has developed around fundamental questions about what art is, what its function is and what art is publicly acceptable. The conceptions behind John Armleder's works are eclectic: his pieces are frequently accompanied by an armchair or other home furnishings, or juxtaposed against wallpaper, or may themselves consist of infinite repetitions of patterns. John Armleder's kaleidoscopic vision blurs the boundaries between frame and surface, between subject and object, and calls the traditional methods of consuming art into question. John Armleder has held individual exhibitions at some of the world's leading museums, including: Swiss Institute, New York (2012); Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice (2011); Tate, Liverpool (2006); The Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis (2008); MAMCO, Geneva (2006); the ICA Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (2006); and the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2000). In 1986, he represented Switzerland at the Venice Biennale international art exhibition. His works also form part of important museum collections worldwide, including at: Musée d´Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Kunstmuseum, Basel; Kunstmuseum, Zurich; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Sammlung Ludwig, Vienna; and Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart.