One of Switzerland’s most radical contemporary sculptors.
1st edition, 2015
Text English and German
96 pages, 52 color and 35 b/w illustrations
20 x 30 cm
Peter Hächler (1922–99) was one of the most formally radical sculptors in contemporary Swiss art. His work was characterized by a geometric rigor leavened by an intuitive playfulness, even as he took to working with industrial materials like concrete, plastic, cast iron, and stainless steel. Many of his sculptures are truly monumental, vast works designed for display in public spaces and serving as art-in-architecture.
This book takes a close look back at Hächler’s art from a contemporary perspective. It features nearly forty of his sculptures, newly photographed for the book, alongside a thoughtful essay by art historian Martino Stierli setting his art in its postwar Swiss context and a piece by curator Sabine Schaschl created in conjunction with his widow and daughter and exploring his life and inspirations.
The book was published to coincide with an exhibition at Museum Haus Konstruktiv in Zürich in autumn 2015.