Research projects

Markus Raetz: Catalogue raisonné of sculptures, objects and installations

Led by
Katharina Ammann (until 31.5.2020), Franz Müller, Tabea Schindler (since 1.6.2020)
Authors
Katharina Ammann, Andrea Arnold (until 31.1.2020), Patricia Bieder (since 1.2.2020), Franz Müller
Duration
2016–2022
Series
«Catalogues raisonnés of Swiss Artists », volume 31

Project description

SIK-ISEA has great experience with the production of catalogues raisonnés devoted to historical artists. In the case of Markus Raetz (Bern 1941–2020) the focus of research is a contemporary artist. Raetz was one of the best-known figures in contemporary Swiss art, and his work spanning more than five decades is unmistakable. The aim is to compile a printed catalogue raisonné of all sculptures, objects and installations by Markus Raetz, accompanied by a detailed research apparatus. Art historians will analyse individual works and sets of work, explaining their techniques, methods and iconographic aspects and examining them in the context of both Raetz’s œuvre and contemporary art. Estimates suggest that there are about 1500 pieces of works. In addition to the printed version of the catalogue raisonné, the online version offers complex research functions and shows exemplary installations in motion.
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Markus Raetz, Bildnis des Künstlers als Schreibmaschinist, 3.5.1970, typewriter, punch with carbon paper, 27,3 x 20,3 cm, private collection, © ProLitteris, Zurich

Markus Raetz, Mit Griff, 1963, diverse materials (metal, glass, porcelain and much else), 40 x 44 x 9 cm, private collection, © ProLitteris, Zurich

Markus Raetz, Goppenstein, 1966, synthetic resin paint on wood, height 122 cm; variable width, private collection, © ProLitteris, Zurich

Markus Raetz, Tori, 1968, two-colour silkscreen on hardboard, 42 x 53 x 2.2 cm, private collection, © ProLitteris, Zurich

Markus Raetz, CK-Variationen (Die Schweiz), 1984, eucalyptus twigs, pinned to a wall, approx. 170 x 250 cm, Kunstmuseum Winterthur, © ProLitteris, Zurich

Markus Raetz, Zeemansblik, 1988, zinc sheet on wooden chassis, 74 x 118 x 4 cm, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, © ProLitteris, Zurich

Markus Raetz, Hasenspiegel, 1988/2000, wood, painted, mirror, wire, 20 x 60 x 19.5 cm, private collection, © ProLitteris, Zurich

Markus Raetz, Silhouetten (für Ernst Mach), 1992, cast iron from wooden model, mirror, height of head: 27.8 cm; diameter of mirror: 32 cm, private collection, © ProLitteris, Zurich

Markus Raetz, SI – NO, 1996, brass, height: 7.8 cm, private collection, © ProLitteris, Zurich

Nachruf auf Markus Raetz [in German]

The project was supported by:

  • Monique Barbier-Mueller, Genf
  • Thierry Barbier-Mueller, Genf
  • Fondation Hélène et Victor Barbour, Genf
  • Burgergemeinde, Bern
  • Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Zug
  • Mania und Bernhard Hahnloser, Bern
  • Hess Art Collection AG, Liebefeld
  • Jubiläumsstiftung der Schweizerischen Mobiliar Genossenschaft, Bern (Online-Version)
  • Kultur Stadt Bern
  • LARIX Foundation, Bern
  • Thomas und Rita Meyer-Pabst, Zürich
  • Patrick Pillet, Genf
  • Ruth & Arthur Scherbarth Stiftung, Bern
  • Silvia und Bernhard Schmid, Zürich
  • Swisslos / Kultur Kanton Bern
  • Ursula Wirz-Stiftung, Bern