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Markus Raetz

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Ombre , 2007 Portfolio of 17 Heliogravures Sheet Mm 295 X 375 / Image Mm 90 X 180 © Courtesy of the artist & Monica De Cardenas
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Wire Head , 1991-2006 Iron Wire on Steel Base 23.8 X 17.5 X 6.5 Cm © Courtesy of the artist & Monica De Cardenas
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Rotations , 2003-2006 Aluminium Single Heads: Cm 26,4, Whole: H Cm 180, Diameter Cm 282 © Courtesy of the artist & Monica De Cardenas
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Nude , 1978-2003 Digital Inkjet Print 34.9 X 45.5 in © Courtesy of the artist & Brooke Alexander Editions
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Miroir , 1996-2003 Relief in Aluminium Plate, Cardboard Box, Chamois Leather 10.7 X 7.9 X 0.3 Cm © Courtesy of the artist & Monica De Cardenas
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Metamorphose, Beuys/Hase, 1990/91 Iron 37 X 27 X 13 Cm © Courtesy of the artist & Kunsthaus Zürich
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© Courtesy of the artist & Kunstmuseum Basel
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Nach Elvis, 1978-2013 Offset en 3 Couleurs (trame à Lignes Croisées) 293 × 210 Mm © Courtesy of the artist & The Musée Jenisch Vevey
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Büren, Switzerland
Birth year
1941
Lives in
Bern, Switzerland
Works in
Bern, Switzerland
Statement

Markus Raetz is a Swiss sculptor and conceptual artist. His art is usually described as being about issues of reality and illusion. He has had no formal art training, except “half a year studying etching in Amsterdam.”

Since he began showing his work in 1966, he has had exhibitions in many galleries and museums, including all the major Swiss museums and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Kolnischer Kunstverein in Germany, the Serpentine Gallery in London, the New Museum in New York City and, in 2001, the Arts Club of Chicago.

In 1988 he represented Switzerland in the Venice Biennale. His Venice exhibition was partly made up of seascapes, but Raetz did not go out with his easel to paint them. He calls them “invented,” and the essayist for the Venice catalog speaks of “fields of vision” and “continuity in constant flux.”

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