Kunsthaus Zurich opens the first solo exhibition in Switzerland by Guillaume Bruère
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Kunsthaus Zurich opens the first solo exhibition in Switzerland by Guillaume Bruère
Guillaume Bručre at Kunsthaus Zürich, 2018 Photo © Caroline Minjolle.

ZURICH.- The first solo exhibition by Guillaume Bručre in Switzerland takes place from 24 May to 8 September 2019. The French artist is an obsessive draughtsman who draws inspiration from masterpieces of art history but also portrays people who do not normally find themselves in the limelight. In recent years he has been a frequent visitor to the Kunsthaus Zürich and the Schauspielhaus. The Kunsthaus is presenting more than 50 works created between 2012 and 2018.

French artist Guillaume Bručre (b. 1976) works at great speed, creating multiple works of energetically vigorous draughtsmanship in a short space of time. He prefers to draw on site in museums, working from the paintings of Old Masters at locations including the Louvre, the Alte Pinakothek in Munich, the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin and, on many occasions, the Kunsthaus Zürich.

The human face and the portrait play a central role in Bručre’s work. He has produced new, large-format portraits of gallery attendants from the Kunsthaus specially for the exhibition, turning the spotlight on people who play a vital role in the museum’s operations but, as individuals, mostly remain in the background. The drawings were made last year as part of public sessions during the Open Day and Museums at Night in Zurich.

While at the Kunsthaus Bručre has created over 200 drawings, no fewer than 38 of which are based on the self-portrait by van Gogh. He has also been a guest of the Schauspielhaus Zürich and has sketched during rehearsals for productions such as the ‘Princess of Burgundy’. The exhibition presents for the first time a selection from these two groups of Zurich-based works.

Guillaume Bručre lives and works in Berlin. He studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Nantes and the École européenne supérieure de l’image in Poitiers and works as a painter, draughtsman, performer and sculptor. At the start of the year he received the 2019 advancement award from the Conrad Ferdinand Meyer Foundation. Three events will offer a chance to meet the artist in person: a drawing performance takes place at 7 p.m. on 24 May, while at 11 a.m. on 8 June Barbara Frey, Director of the Schauspielhaus Zürich, Bice Curiger, Director of the Fondation Vincent van Gogh, Arles, and Mirjam Varadinis, curator of the exhibition, will be talking to Guillaume Bručre about his work, his intentions as an artist and his special relationship with Zurich. Finally at 2 p.m. on 25 August, the artist will be staging a public performance next to the Henry Moore sculpture on Zurich’s lakeside promenade.

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