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Not Vital

° 1948 in Sent (CH) – lives and works in Beijing (CN), Rio de Janeiro (BR) and Sent (CH)

Not Vital’s works are inspired by personal impressions and experiences gained on his many trips around the world. He processes images and forms from various cultures into new sculpture projects and installations, always in keeping with the traditions of the respective cultures. His complex work integrates architecture as well as the general development of various different lifestyles and the typical repertoire of forms and symbols, according to location. His materials conserve the often volatile nature of the processes and objects, as well as of those organic materials which fascinate him; he favours the use of bronze, gold, aluminium, silver, stainless steel and marble. His anthropological curiosity structures his career into sections devoted to, for example, glass blowers in Murano, Tuareg jewellery makers in North Africa or paper artists in Bhutan. The titles of his mostly representational works are clear and descriptive, emphasising the figurative dimension vis-à-vis the abstract appearance created by the durability of the material and the isolation from the cultural origin. The viewer is captivated by the tension between organic form and inorganic material in Not Vital’s work, which is distinguished by an almost meditative, timeless quality.

(courtesy Almine Rech Gallery)

Not Vital has had numerous solo exhibitions at, among others, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield; Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro; Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing; Kunsthalle Bielefeld; The Arts Club of Chicago; and Musées d’Art et d’Histoire, Geneva. Group exhibitions include Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice; Kunstmuseum Basel; Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach; Musée d’Art Contemporain, Nîmes; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and MoMA, New York.

Not Vital’s work is also part of some of the most important public collections, such as Carnegie Institute, Pittsburg; Dallas Museum of Art; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City; Kunstmuseum Bern; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; MoMA, New York; and the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi.

Not Vital is represented by the following galleries;
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Almine Rech Gallery, Paris / Brussels / London / New York

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris / Salzburg

Sperone Westwater, New York

You can also discover more of Not Vital’s work on his own website.