Research projects

Markus Raetz: Catalogue raisonné of sculptures, objects and installations

Led by
Katharina Ammann, Franz Müller
Katharina Ammann, Andrea Arnold (until 31.12.2019), Patricia Bieder (since 1.2.2020), Franz Müller
«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, born in Bern in 1941, the focus of research is a contemporary artist. Raetz is one of the best-known figures in contemporary Swiss art and can now look back over more than fifty years of distinctive creativity. 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.

Bildnis des Künstlers als Schreibmaschinist, 3.5.1970, typewriter, punch with carbon paper, 27,3 x 20,3 cm, private collection, © ProLitteris, Zurich

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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