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Olivier Mosset, Villa Tamaris, 2007

Olivier Mosset

Born in Bern, in 1944, in Switzerland
He lives and works in Tucson, Arizona, USA

Olivier Mosset’s work reveals itself once again as being radical, as it has been known to be since BMPT, and, almost ironically, pertinent – if not inescapable – to a contemporary reading of the field of painting.
Since the end of the 1960s, in a demonstrative and polemic manner, Olivier Mosset has shown, as Edmond Charrière writes, “an urgency to start everything again from scratch, to interrogate the validity of painting by acting on the same level as its production process (…)” The painter initially heads for the implacable reduction of his creation as we know it, playing with forms and with a chromatic homogeneity which will from now on characterise all his work.
This persistent narrowness of the field of work opens fundamental perspectives. The series – ten white canvases of …cm by …cm – which the gallery is exhibiting exhales the pictorial neutrality initially extolled by the artist.
White, partner to black, could underline the truly colourful monochromes – pinks, oranges, violets… – of painting. In dismissing this function of agreement, Olivier Mosset establishes non-colour in colour, anonymous, immobile, and silent. Pushing to the extreme an aesthetic of indifference, the painter converts the principle of neutrality into the principle of complete effacement, a principle in perfect agreement with the theme of nothingness, of silence, which since the beginning of his career has guided his work.
The voluntary abandonment of all anecdotal, significant, interpretative content, to the point that now it is a source of meditation on the very essence of colour, undergoes a final diversion, and invites the contemplation of the meditative calm of white monochromes whose “undergarments” – visible at the edges – abound in colour. An apparent reduction which, paradoxically, liberates the eye, and allows an enlarged opening by the juxtaposition of the canvases.



Éric de Chassey, Olivier Mosset, Catherine Perret


ISBN : 978-2-84066-209-9

Monographie / catalogue documentant les expositions récentes, actuelles et à venir consacrées aux nouveaux travaux d’Olivier Mosset ou à l’ensemble d’un œuvre radical et minimaliste (à Rennes, Saint-Louis, La Seyne-sur-Mer, Saas-Fee, Valence, Paris, Lyon, Orléans). Avec un texte d’Éric de Chassey et un entretien.

Editions Les Presses du réel

Olivier MOSSET


ISBN-10: 8874390572 / ISBN-13: 978-8874390571

  • Massimo De Carlo, Milan opens exhibition of works by Swiss artist Olivier Mosset, january 2018

  • L'originalité n'est toujours pas là où l'on pense

    LE TEMPS, august 2017

  • Les 5 expos à ne pas rater cette semaine

    Les InRocks, july 2017

  • La suite, Israel Lund, Jean Baptiste Bernadet, Landon Metz, Olivier Mosset

    Galerie TORRI, july 2017

  • Les répliques de Mosset à La Chaux-de-Fonds

    RTN, august 2017

  • Olivier Mosset, The Golden Triangle

    Galerie TORRI, august 2017

  • Olivier Mosset exhibits his works in the Middle East

    Webrelease, november 2017

  • Olt

    FREQUENCE Sud, july 2017

  • Olivier Mosset, Jean-Baptiste Sauvage

    02, july 2017

  • Motochromes

    02, june 2017

  • LE CHAUX-DE-FONDS / "Répliques : l'original à l'épreuve de l'art"

    Bilan, july 2017


    Artpress, march 2014

  • Cette semaine à Paris

    Slash, may 2014

  • Olivier Mosset, artiste ou commissaire d'exposition ?

    L'oeil, february 2014