Research projects

Markus Raetz. Catalogue raisonné of sculptures, objects and installations

Led by
Franz Müller, Tabea Schindler
Katharina Ammann, Andrea Arnold, Patricia Bieder, Franz Müller
«Catalogues raisonnés of Swiss Artists », volume 30

Project description

SIK-ISEA has great experience with the production of catalogues raisonnés devoted to historical artists. In the case of Markus Raetz (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 six decades is unmistakable. The printed catalogue raisonné of all sculptures, objects and installations by Markus Raetz – almost 1700 works were recorded – as well as the corresponding online version ( were published in 2023. Art historians analysed individual works and sets of work, explaining their techniques, methods and iconographic aspects and examined them in the context of both Raetz’s œuvre and contemporary art. The online version complements the printed catalogue raisonné with complex research functions, video sequences on selected kinetic works, and a detailed list of the materials used by Raetz.

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

Obituary for Markus Raetz [in German]

The project was supported by:

  • Monique Barbier-Mueller †, Genva
  • Thierry Barbier-Mueller †, Geneva
  • Burgergemeinde Bern
  • Christoph Merian Foundation, Basel
  • Däster-Schild Stiftung, Grenchen
  • Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Zug
  • Fondation Hélène et Victor Barbour, Geneva
  • Fondation Johanna Dürmüller-Bol, Muri bei Bern
  • Galleria Monica De Cardenas, Mailand, Zuoz, Lugano
  • Mania und Bernhard Hahnloser, Bern
  • Hess Art Collection AG, Liebefeld
  • Heirs of Markus Raetz, Bern
  • International Music and Art Foundation, Vaduz
  • Jubiläumsstiftung der Schweizerischen Mobiliar Genossenschaft, Bern (online-version)
  • Kultur Stadt Bern
  • LARIX Foundation, Bern
  • Max Kohler Stiftung, Zurich
  • Thomas and Rita Meyer-Pabst, Zurich
  • Patrick Pillet, Genva
  • Ruth & Arthur Scherbarth Stiftung, Bern
  • Silvia and Bernhard Schmid, Zurich
  • SWISSLOS / Kultur Kanton Bern
  • Tarbaca Indigo Foundation, Zurich
  • Thomas und Doris Ammann Foundation, Zurich
  • Ursula Wirz-Stiftung, Bern
  • Walter B. Kielholz Foundation, Zurich
  • two benefactors and five foundations who wish to remain anonymous