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Olivier Mosset

Olivier Mosset

Olivier Mosset is a Swiss conceptual visual artist and abstract painter.


Olivier Mosset is a Swiss-born conceptual visual artist, abstract painter, and sculptor based in Tucson, Arizona. Mosset is known for his large-scale monochrome, modular, reductive, and shaped paintings that challenge the notion of modernist authority and painting as a historical object, an approach linked to appropriation and geometric and conceptual abstraction.

Mosset was born in 1944 in Bern, Switzerland. In the mid-1960s, Mosset moved to Paris and joined BMPT, an avant-garde collective group of conceptually-driven painters. Mosset moved to New York in 1977 and joined the Radical Painting Group. During his time in New York, he turned to monochrome paintings, introducing motifs, compositions, and specific formats such as shaped-canvases, was involved with the Neo-Geo or appropriation movements and established himself as a prominent international abstract painter. In the 1990s, he explored new materials and mediums, including sculpture. He relocated to Tucson in 1995 and continued to exhibit internationally from his home base in Arizona.

Works and exhibitions

Mosset has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries around the world. His work forms part of the permanent collections of MoMA (New York), Le Centre Pompidou (Paris), Migros Museum (Zurich), the Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts (Lausanne), the Musée des Beaux Arts (La Chaux-De-Fonds, Switzerland), the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon (France), and the National Gallery of Canada (Ontario).

His past solo exhibitions include MAMO Marseille Modulor (2018), Musée Régional d'Art Contemporain Languedoc-Roussillon in Sérignan (2013), The Kitchen in New York City (2013), Kunsthalle Zurich (2012), Kunsthalle Bern (2011), Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon (2010), the Whitney Biennial in New York City (2008), Le Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne (2003), Kunstverein St. Gallen Kunstmuseum (2003), and the Swiss Pavilion at the 44th Venice Biennial (1990).


Olivier Mosset relocates to Tucson, Arizona.
Olivier Mosset relocates to New York and joins the Radical Painting Group.
Olivier Mosset relocates to Paris and joins BMPT.
November 5, 1944
Olivier Mosset was born in Bern.


Further Resources


Art If...!: Episode 4: Art If...the times are exceptional! With conceptual painter Olivier Mosset on Apple Podcasts


May 27, 2020

Olivier Mosset


July 14, 2015


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