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The art of Jean-Frédéric Schnyder is derived from the things that surround him. He doesn’t have to look for long, it’s all already there. He explores, observes, contemplates. Engaging with the matter involves the crucial question of which form is fitting, which tool most suited. Schnyder likes it neat and tidy. Yet he lets things come to him, follows their course rather than some overall vision. And although he hardly wastes a thing, he does not head towards a goal sparingly. He casts nothing ahead. Already in 1969, for the exhibition Pläne und Projekte als Kunst (Plans and Projects as Art) at Kunsthalle Bern, he stated: Mein Projekt ist, keine Projekte zu machen (My project is not to make projects). 
Schnyder approaches the world with openness. He concerns himself with the everyday, with what might be deemed trivial, and is thereby also accessible. He paints the printed paper bag used for greengroceries, the figure of Luigi Moretti off the label of a beer bottle, the mountain Niesen surrounded by creatures of mist, but also Christ bearing the cross. He makes paintings from brush rags, carves sticks for a cage out of hazel wood from the garden, carves crosses, a club out of the Christmas tree. He makes pictorial objects out of wood scraps, stacks wooden blocks to a miniature city, adapts paintings after other artists, paints poems. 
He doesn’t judge the things he chooses to give an appearance to, everything is equally valid. This approach is so matter-of-fact that the term art could almost be relegated to the background, even if art is, actually, what we’re dealing with here – it’s also just what he does every day.

left:
JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER 
Der Niesen am 21. Dezember 
1987
Oil on canvas
150 x 200 cm / 59 x 78 3/4 in 
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right:
JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
denken
1987
Oil on canvas
160 x 200 cm / 63 x 78 3/4 in
SCHNY50035

left:
JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER 
Der Niesen am 21. Dezember 

1987
Oil on canvas
150 x 200 cm / 59 x 78 3/4 in 
SCHNY50034

 

right:
JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
denken

1987
Oil on canvas
160 x 200 cm / 63 x 78 3/4 in
SCHNY50035

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JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Der Niesen am 21. Dezember
1987
Oil on canvas
150 x 200 cm / 59 x 78 3/4 in
SCHNY50034

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Der Niesen am 21. Dezember

1987
Oil on canvas
150 x 200 cm / 59 x 78 3/4 in
SCHNY50034

Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
denken

1987
Oil on canvas
160 x 200 cm / 63 x 78 3/4 in
SCHNY50035

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Der Niesen am 21. Dezember
1987
Oil on canvas
150 x 200 cm / 59 x 78 3/4 in
SCHNY50034

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Der Niesen am 21. Dezember

1987
Oil on canvas
150 x 200 cm / 59 x 78 3/4 in
SCHNY50034

When Schnyder decided to paint in the 1970s, he had no knowledge of pencil or brush technique. Which is why a few years earlier, conceptual art seemed to be just the right thing for him: at first, you seemed to have to be able to do very little, in terms of skill at least. His becoming an artist initially had to do with a painter of veduta in town whom he had always admired. But the definitive cue came from artists like Marcel Duchamp or Walter de Maria, who had redefined what art could be and how art could be made. However, the path of conceptual art that Schnyder went down for a while, riding its wave in the 1960s, was not his after all. He found the «visualised thought processes», at least when it came to himself, too «autistic». He sought something that suited him more closely, that had more to do with everyday life and could convey it more directly.
So, at a time when painting was considered the abomination of art, he decided to devote himself to painting. Since he did not possess the necessary skills, he had to first acquire them. Stillleben (1970) (still life) embodies this turning point. Schnyder wanted to paint at it for as long as it took for it to look like an old master. Painted after a real arrangement and with the help of a preliminary drawing by the artist Margret Rufener, the motif appears, because of how it is placed, clumsy. But precisely for this reason it is also magical. Stillleben is the link between before and after, between objects and images, between Schnyder’s conceptual and post-conceptual approaches.
Alongside painting, he continued to make objects whose underlying dexterity and use of material place them in the realm of handicraft. Carving, salt doughs, ceramics, soldering, pewter casting. With such moves, Schnyder deliberately branched off from the zeitgeist. Precisely because he consistently went his own way, he developed a timeless art like no other. Though Schnyder left conceptual art behind him, its spirit flows through his works, not least because they are based on the principle of seriality. It is no contradiction that Schnyder, in his «love for the mediocre», makes works that are accessible, even touching, but at the same time bear the distanced awareness of how their being so is inscribed into art history. They are also images about images and about making things. The act that lies in between unlocks a knowledge that glistens. What emerges from it is not an explanation but an almost sacred magic. The relationship between Kunsthalle Bern and Jean-Frédéric Schnyder began as early as the 1960s. The artist, who was born in Basel and grew up in Bern, was assistant at Kunsthalle in 1967 and, from 1968 onwards, showed his work in the exhibitions 12 Environments (1968), When Attitudes Become Form (1969) and 22 junge Schweizer (1969) (22 young Swiss artists). Taking up this connection half a century later rounds it off. 
Valérie Knoll, who is concluding her tenure as director of Kunsthalle Bern with this exhibition, follows on from the programme of the last seven years, which addressed the possibilities of contemporary painting. Once more, the question as to the future of painting is raised – that practice that will remain even if people should one day say goodbye to art.
Schnyder cannot be limited to painting, however. His work also includes sculpture and installation. Which is why much of the floor in this exhibition belongs to them. New, rarely or never shown works from 1970 to the present are brought together, including those that were not necessarily planned as works of art, but resulted from daily activities. 

The work of Jean-Frédéric Schnyder is being honored in two simultaneous exhibitions: at Kunsthalle Bern and at Kunstmuseum Bern (4 February – 29 May, 2022). In the latter, curated by Kathleen Bühler, a selection of works from the museum’s own collection is being shown, focusing on the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. With few exceptions, the works were donated to the collection by the gallery owner Toni Gerber.

work by Jean-Frédéric Schnyder

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
das Andere

2014-2021
Handcarved wooden crosses; 14.400 parts
Pedestals, each 45 x 192 x 192 cm / 17 3/4 x 75 5/8 x 75 5/8 in
Various sizes between 1 and 7 cm
SCHNY50538

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JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
das Andere
2014-2021
Handcarved wooden crosses; 14.400 parts
Pedestals, each 45 x 192 x 192 cm / 17 3/4 x 75 5/8 x 75 5/8 in
Various sizes between 1 and 7 cm
SCHNY50538

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
das Andere

2014-2021
Handcarved wooden crosses; 14.400 parts
Pedestals, each 45 x 192 x 192 cm / 17 3/4 x 75 5/8 x 75 5/8 in
Various sizes between 1 and 7 cm
SCHNY50538

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work by Jean-Frédéric Schnyder

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
das Andere

2014-2021
Handcarved wooden crosses; 14.400 parts
Pedestals, each 45 x 192 x 192 cm / 17 3/4 x 75 5/8 x 75 5/8 in
Various sizes between 1 and 7 cm
SCHNY50538

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work by Jean-Frédéric Schnyder

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
das Andere

2014-2021
Handcarved wooden crosses; 14.400 parts
Pedestals, each 45 x 192 x 192 cm / 17 3/4 x 75 5/8 x 75 5/8 in
Various sizes between 1 and 7 cm
SCHNY50538

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JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
das Andere 
2014-2021
Handcarved wooden crosses; 14.400 parts
Pedestals, each 45 x 192 x 192 cm / 17 3/4 x 75 5/8 x 75 5/8 in
Various sizes between 1 and 7 cm
SCHNY50538

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
das Andere

2014-2021
Handcarved wooden crosses; 14.400 parts
Pedestals, each 45 x 192 x 192 cm / 17 3/4 x 75 5/8 x 75 5/8 in
Various sizes between 1 and 7 cm
SCHNY50538

work by Jean-Frédéric Schnyder

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
das Eine

2014-2020
Chipboard from waste cuttings; 107 parts
Each 21 x 30 cm / 8 1/4 x 11 3/4 in
SCHNY50872

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work by Jean-Frédéric Schnyder

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
das Eine

2014-2020
Chipboard from waste cuttings; 107 parts
Each 21 x 30 cm / 8 1/4 x 11 3/4 in
SCHNY50872

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work by Jean-Frédéric Schnyder

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
das Eine

2014-2020
Chipboard from waste cuttings; 107 parts
Each 21 x 30 cm / 8 1/4 x 11 3/4 in
SCHNY50872

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work by Jean-Frédéric Schnyder

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
das Eine

2014-2020
Chipboard from waste cuttings; 107 parts
Each 21 x 30 cm / 8 1/4 x 11 3/4 in
SCHNY50872

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JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
das Eine
2014-2020
Chipboard from waste cuttings; 107 parts
Each 21 x 30 cm / 8 1/4 x 11 3/4 in
SCHNY50872

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
das Eine

2014-2020
Chipboard from waste cuttings; 107 parts
Each 21 x 30 cm / 8 1/4 x 11 3/4 in
SCHNY50872

installation view

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Billige Bilder

2000-19
Oil on fabric, cardboard; 162 parts
Different sizes between 20 x 10 and 50 x 40 cm
SCHNY50888

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installation view

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Billige Bilder

2000-19
Oil on fabric, cardboard; 162 parts
Different sizes between 20 x 10 and 50 x 40 cm
SCHNY50888

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painting by Jean-Frédéric Schnyder

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Billige Bilder

2000-19
Oil on fabric, cardboard; 162 parts
Different sizes between 20 x 10 and 50 x 40 cm
SCHNY50888

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painting by Jean-Frédéric Schnyder

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Billige Bilder

2000-19
Oil on fabric, cardboard; 162 parts
Different sizes between 20 x 10 and 50 x 40 cm
SCHNY50888

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painting by Jean-Frédéric Schnyder

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Billige Bilder

2000-19
Oil on fabric, cardboard; 162 parts
Different sizes between 20 x 10 and 50 x 40 cm
SCHNY50888

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painting by Jean-Frédéric Schnyder

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Billige Bilder

2000-19
Oil on fabric, cardboard; 162 parts
Different sizes between 20 x 10 and 50 x 40 cm
SCHNY50888

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painting by Jean-Frédéric Schnyder

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Billige Bilder

2000-19
Oil on fabric, cardboard; 162 parts
Different sizes between 20 x 10 and 50 x 40 cm
SCHNY50888

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painting by Jean-Frédéric Schnyder

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Billige Bilder

2000-19
Oil on fabric, cardboard; 162 parts
Different sizes between 20 x 10 and 50 x 40 cm
SCHNY50888

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painting by Jean-Frédéric Schnyder

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Billige Bilder

2000-19
Oil on fabric, cardboard; 162 parts
Different sizes between 20 x 10 and 50 x 40 cm
SCHNY50888

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painting by Jean-Frédéric Schnyder

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Billige Bilder

2000-19
Oil on fabric, cardboard; 162 parts
Different sizes between 20 x 10 and 50 x 40 cm
SCHNY50888

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painting by Jean-Frédéric Schnyder

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Billige Bilder

2000-19
Oil on fabric, cardboard; 162 parts
Different sizes between 20 x 10 and 50 x 40 cm
SCHNY50888

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painting by Jean-Frédéric Schnyder

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Billige Bilder

2000-19
Oil on fabric, cardboard; 162 parts
Different sizes between 20 x 10 and 50 x 40 cm
SCHNY50888

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painting by Jean-Frédéric Schnyder

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Billige Bilder

2000-19
Oil on fabric, cardboard; 162 parts
Different sizes between 20 x 10 and 50 x 40 cm
SCHNY50888

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painting by Jean-Frédéric Schnyder

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Billige Bilder

2000-19
Oil on fabric, cardboard; 162 parts
Different sizes between 20 x 10 and 50 x 40 cm
SCHNY50888

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Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Champvent

1990
Oil on canvas
21 x 30 cm / 8 1/4 x 11 3/4 in
SCHNY50025

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Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Ideallandschaft

2021
Oil on canvas
30 x 42 cm / 11 3/4 x 16 1/2 in
SCHNY50495

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Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Aussicht

2021
Oil on canvas
21 x 30 cm / 8 1/4 x 11 3/4 in
SCHNY50492

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Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Der Niesen von Gunten

1986
Oil on cancas
21 x 30 cm / 8 1/4 x 11 3/4 in
SCHNY50889

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Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Der Abend Ch. Haldenwang sculpt.

2021
Oil on canvas
30 x 42 cm / 11 3/4 x 16 1/2 in
SCHNY50049

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Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Der Morgen Claude Gelée le Lorrain pint.

2021
Oil on canvas
30 x 42 cm / 11 3/4 x 16 1/2 in
SCHNY50047

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Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Abend am Zugersee

1996
Oil on canvas
21 x 30 cm / 8 1/4 x 11 3/4 in
SCHNY46129

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Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Val Laver

1984
Oil on canvas
21 x 30 cm / 8 1/4 x 11 3/4 in
SCHNY50021

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Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Kiesgrube Rubigen

1984
Oil on canvas
21 x 30 cm / 8 1/4 x 11 3/4 in
SCHNY50022

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Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Mittelland

1990
Oil on canvas
21 x 30 cm / 8 1/4 x 11 3/4 in
SCHNY50024

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Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Champvent

1990
Oil on canvas
21 x 30 cm / 8 1/4 x 11 3/4 in
SCHNY50025

Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Ideallandschaft

2021
Oil on canvas
30 x 42 cm / 11 3/4 x 16 1/2 in
SCHNY50495

Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Aussicht

2021
Oil on canvas
21 x 30 cm / 8 1/4 x 11 3/4 in
SCHNY50492

Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Der Niesen von Gunten

1986
Oil on cancas
21 x 30 cm / 8 1/4 x 11 3/4 in
SCHNY50889

Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Der Abend Ch. Haldenwang sculpt.

2021
Oil on canvas
30 x 42 cm / 11 3/4 x 16 1/2 in
SCHNY50049

Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Der Morgen Claude Gelée le Lorrain pint.

2021
Oil on canvas
30 x 42 cm / 11 3/4 x 16 1/2 in
SCHNY50047

Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Abend am Zugersee

1996
Oil on canvas
21 x 30 cm / 8 1/4 x 11 3/4 in
SCHNY46129

Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Val Laver

1984
Oil on canvas
21 x 30 cm / 8 1/4 x 11 3/4 in
SCHNY50021

Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Kiesgrube Rubigen

1984
Oil on canvas
21 x 30 cm / 8 1/4 x 11 3/4 in
SCHNY50022

Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Mittelland

1990
Oil on canvas
21 x 30 cm / 8 1/4 x 11 3/4 in
SCHNY50024

installation view

Installation view, Jean-Frédéric Schnyder, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, 2022

Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
1999 – 2020

1999-2020
Oil on canvas
30 x 21 cm / 11 3/4 x 8 1/4 in
SCHNY50459

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Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
1999 – 2020

1999-2020
Oil on canvas
30 x 21 cm / 11 3/4 x 8 1/4 in
SCHNY50461

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Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
1999 – 2020

1999-2020
Oil on canvas
30 x 21 cm / 11 3/4 x 8 1/4 in
SCHNY50460

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Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
1999 – 2020

1999-2020
Oil on canvas
30 x 21 cm / 11 3/4 x 8 1/4 in
SCHNY50458

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Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
1999 – 2020

1999-2020
Oil on canvas
30 x 21 cm / 11 3/4 x 8 1/4 in
SCHNY50457

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Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
1999 – 2020

1999-2020
Oil on canvas
30 x 21 cm / 11 3/4 x 8 1/4 in
SCHNY50456

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Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
1999 – 2020

1999-2020
Oil on canvas
30 x 21 cm / 11 3/4 x 8 1/4 in
SCHNY50455

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Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
1999 – 2020

1999-2020
Oil on canvas
30 x 21 cm / 11 3/4 x 8 1/4 in
SCHNY50454

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Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
1999 – 2020

1999-2020
Oil on canvas
30 x 21 cm / 11 3/4 x 8 1/4 in
SCHNY50453

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Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
1999 – 2020

1999-2020
Oil on canvas
30 x 21 cm / 11 3/4 x 8 1/4 in
SCHNY50451

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Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
1999 – 2020

1999-2020
Oil on canvas
30 x 21 cm / 11 3/4 x 8 1/4 in
SCHNY50450

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Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
1999 – 2020

1999-2020
Oil on canvas
30 x 21 cm / 11 3/4 x 8 1/4 in
SCHNY50452

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Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
1999 – 2020

1999-2020
Oil on canvas
30 x 21 cm / 11 3/4 x 8 1/4 in
SCHNY50459

Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
1999 – 2020

1999-2020
Oil on canvas
30 x 21 cm / 11 3/4 x 8 1/4 in
SCHNY50461

Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
1999 – 2020

1999-2020
Oil on canvas
30 x 21 cm / 11 3/4 x 8 1/4 in
SCHNY50460

Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
1999 – 2020

1999-2020
Oil on canvas
30 x 21 cm / 11 3/4 x 8 1/4 in
SCHNY50458

Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
1999 – 2020

1999-2020
Oil on canvas
30 x 21 cm / 11 3/4 x 8 1/4 in
SCHNY50457

Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
1999 – 2020

1999-2020
Oil on canvas
30 x 21 cm / 11 3/4 x 8 1/4 in
SCHNY50456

Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
1999 – 2020

1999-2020
Oil on canvas
30 x 21 cm / 11 3/4 x 8 1/4 in
SCHNY50455

Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
1999 – 2020

1999-2020
Oil on canvas
30 x 21 cm / 11 3/4 x 8 1/4 in
SCHNY50454

Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
1999 – 2020

1999-2020
Oil on canvas
30 x 21 cm / 11 3/4 x 8 1/4 in
SCHNY50453

Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
1999 – 2020

1999-2020
Oil on canvas
30 x 21 cm / 11 3/4 x 8 1/4 in
SCHNY50451

Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
1999 – 2020

1999-2020
Oil on canvas
30 x 21 cm / 11 3/4 x 8 1/4 in
SCHNY50450

Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
1999 – 2020

1999-2020
Oil on canvas
30 x 21 cm / 11 3/4 x 8 1/4 in
SCHNY50452

Installation view, Jean-Frédéric Schnyder, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, 2022

Installation view, Jean-Frédéric Schnyder, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, 2022

Installation view, Jean-Frédéric Schnyder, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, 2022

Installation view, Jean-Frédéric Schnyder, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, 2022

installation view

Installation view, Jean-Frédéric Schnyder, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, 2022

Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Sack

2020
Oil on canvas
42 x 30 cm / 16 1/2 x 11 3/4 in
SCHNY50027

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Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Stilleben mit Flasche

2021
Oil on canvas
42 x 30 cm / 16 1/2 x 11 3/4 in
SCHNY50031

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Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Vier Blumen

2021
Oil on canvas
42 x 30 cm / 16 1/2 x 11 3/4 in
SCHNY50032

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Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Hans Schnyder 1959 - JF 2020 nach Winston Churchill

2020
Oil on canvas
30 x 42 cm / 11 3/4 x 16 1/2 in
SCHNY50036

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Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Tischlein deck dich

2021
Oil on canvas
30 x 42 cm / 11 3/4 x 16 1/2 in
SCHNY50055

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Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Pfeife auf Palette

1983
Oil on canvas
21 x 30 cm / 8 1/4 x 11 3/4 in
SCHNY46102

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Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Sack

2020
Oil on canvas
42 x 30 cm / 16 1/2 x 11 3/4 in
SCHNY50027

Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Stilleben mit Flasche

2021
Oil on canvas
42 x 30 cm / 16 1/2 x 11 3/4 in
SCHNY50031

Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Vier Blumen

2021
Oil on canvas
42 x 30 cm / 16 1/2 x 11 3/4 in
SCHNY50032

Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Hans Schnyder 1959 - JF 2020 nach Winston Churchill

2020
Oil on canvas
30 x 42 cm / 11 3/4 x 16 1/2 in
SCHNY50036

Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Tischlein deck dich

2021
Oil on canvas
30 x 42 cm / 11 3/4 x 16 1/2 in
SCHNY50055

Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Pfeife auf Palette

1983
Oil on canvas
21 x 30 cm / 8 1/4 x 11 3/4 in
SCHNY46102

Installation view, Jean-Frédéric Schnyder, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, 2022

Installation view, Jean-Frédéric Schnyder, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, 2022

Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Marianne von Werefkin

2020
Oil on canvas
30 x 42 cm / 11 3/4 x 16 1/2 in
SCHNY50041

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Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Ehmals und jetzt

2020
Oil on canvas
30 x 42 cm / 11 3/4 x 16 1/2 in
SCHNY50043

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JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
St. Verena

2020
Oil on canvas
30 x 42 cm / 11 3/4 x 16 1/2 in
SCHNY50039

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Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Moretti

2020
Oil on canvas
30 x 42 cm / 11 3/4 x 16 1/2 in
SCHNY50037

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JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Eichenberger

2021
Oil on canvas
30 x 42 cm / 11 3/4 x 16 1/2 in
SCHNY50053

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Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
ICH

2021
Oil on canvas
30 x 42 cm / 11 3/4 x 16 1/2 in
SCHNY50468

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Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Pfad der Erkenntnis

2020
Oil on canvas
42 x 30 cm / 16 1/2 x 11 3/4 in
SCHNY50465

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Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Palette

2021
Oil on canvas
42 x 30 cm / 16 1/2 x 11 3/4 in
SCHNY50499

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JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Die Kartoffelesser nach Vincent van Gogh 1885

2021
Oil on canvas
30 x 42 cm / 11 3/4 x 16 1/2 in
SCHNY50494

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Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Gedicht

2021
Oil on canvas
42 x 30 cm / 16 1/2 x 11 3/4 in
SCHNY50498

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JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Engelchen

2021
Oil on canvas
42 x 30 cm / 16 1/2 x 11 3/4 in
SCHNY50028

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Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Träsch

2021
Oil on canvas
42 x 30 cm / 16 1/2 x 11 3/4 in
SCHNY50029

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Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Marianne von Werefkin

2020
Oil on canvas
30 x 42 cm / 11 3/4 x 16 1/2 in
SCHNY50041

Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Ehmals und jetzt

2020
Oil on canvas
30 x 42 cm / 11 3/4 x 16 1/2 in
SCHNY50043

Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
St. Verena

2020
Oil on canvas
30 x 42 cm / 11 3/4 x 16 1/2 in
SCHNY50039

Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Moretti

2020
Oil on canvas
30 x 42 cm / 11 3/4 x 16 1/2 in
SCHNY50037

Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Eichenberger

2021
Oil on canvas
30 x 42 cm / 11 3/4 x 16 1/2 in
SCHNY50053

Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
ICH

2021
Oil on canvas
30 x 42 cm / 11 3/4 x 16 1/2 in
SCHNY50468

Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Pfad der Erkenntnis

2020
Oil on canvas
42 x 30 cm / 16 1/2 x 11 3/4 in
SCHNY50465

Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Palette

2021
Oil on canvas
42 x 30 cm / 16 1/2 x 11 3/4 in
SCHNY50499

Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Die Kartoffelesser nach Vincent van Gogh 1885

2021
Oil on canvas
30 x 42 cm / 11 3/4 x 16 1/2 in
SCHNY50494

Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Gedicht

2021
Oil on canvas
42 x 30 cm / 16 1/2 x 11 3/4 in
SCHNY50498

Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Engelchen

2021
Oil on canvas
42 x 30 cm / 16 1/2 x 11 3/4 in
SCHNY50028

Painting by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Träsch

2021
Oil on canvas
42 x 30 cm / 16 1/2 x 11 3/4 in
SCHNY50029

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Affenkäfig 
2008
Wood, steel
Sculpture  120 x 120 x 120 cm / 47 1/4 x 47 1/4 x 47 1/4 in
Pedestal  10 x 140 x 140 cm / 3 7/8 x 55 1/8 x 55 1/8 in
SCHNY36084
JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Affenkäfig 
2008
Wood, steel
Sculpture  120 x 120 x 120 cm / 47 1/4 x 47 1/4 x 47 1/4 in
Pedestal  10 x 140 x 140 cm / 3 7/8 x 55 1/8 x 55 1/8 in
SCHNY36084

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Affenkäfig

2008
Wood, steel
Sculpture  120 x 120 x 120 cm / 47 1/4 x 47 1/4 x 47 1/4 in
Pedestal  10 x 140 x 140 cm / 3 7/8 x 55 1/8 x 55 1/8 in
SCHNY36084

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JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Chrutze 
2006-2008
Wood, steel Sculpture  
78.5 x 73 x 73 cm / 30 7/8 x 28 3/4 x 28 3/4 in
Pedestal  15 x 100 x 100 cm / 5 7/8 x 39 3/8 x 39 3/8 in
SCHNY36082
JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Chrutze 
2006-2008
Wood, steel Sculpture  
78.5 x 73 x 73 cm / 30 7/8 x 28 3/4 x 28 3/4 in
Pedestal  15 x 100 x 100 cm / 5 7/8 x 39 3/8 x 39 3/8 in
SCHNY36082

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Chrutze

2006-2008
Wood, steel Sculpture  
78.5 x 73 x 73 cm / 30 7/8 x 28 3/4 x 28 3/4 in
Pedestal  15 x 100 x 100 cm / 5 7/8 x 39 3/8 x 39 3/8 in
SCHNY36082

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Sculpture by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
sculpture by Schnyder
sculpture by Schnyder
sculpture by Schnyder
sculpture by Schnyder
Sculpture by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Uhr

2009
Wood (2 parts)
Sculpture  80 x 103 x 130 cm / 31 1/2 x 40 1/2 x 51 1/8 in
Pedestal  15 x 135 x 135 cm / 5 7/8 x 53 1/8 x 53 1/8 in
SCHNY36087

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sculpture by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
sculpture by Schnyder
sculpture by Schnyder
sculpture by Schnyder
sculpture by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Schäftli

2007-2008
Wood, iron
Object 125.5 x 67 x 34 cm / 49 3/8 x 26 3/8 x 13 3/8 in
Pedestal 5 x 100 x 70 cm / 2 x 39 3/8 x 27 1/2 in
SCHNY36086

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sculpture by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
sculpture by Schnyder
sculpture by Schnyder
sculpture by Schnyder
sculpture by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Bett

2008/2009
Wood, MDF
Sculpture  53.5 x 54 x 138 cm / 21 1/8 x 21 1/4 x 54 3/8 in
Pedestal  15 x 90 x 180 cm / 5 7/8 x 35 3/8 x 70 7/8 in
SCHNY36085

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JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
DOMINUS PROVIDEBIT 
2007-2008
Wood, coins
Sculpture  127 x 50 x 67.5 cm / 50 x 19 5/8 x 26 5/8 in
Pedestal  5 x 80 x 70 cm / 2 x 31 1/2 x 27 1/2 in
SCHNY36083
Sculpture by Schnyder
sculpture by Schnyder
sculpture by Schnyder
JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
DOMINUS PROVIDEBIT 
2007-2008
Wood, coins
Sculpture  127 x 50 x 67.5 cm / 50 x 19 5/8 x 26 5/8 in
Pedestal  5 x 80 x 70 cm / 2 x 31 1/2 x 27 1/2 in
SCHNY36083

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
DOMINUS PROVIDEBIT

2007-2008
Wood, coins
Sculpture  127 x 50 x 67.5 cm / 50 x 19 5/8 x 26 5/8 in
Pedestal  5 x 80 x 70 cm / 2 x 31 1/2 x 27 1/2 in
SCHNY36083

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Sculpture by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Sculpture by Schnyder
Sculpture by Schnyder
Sculpture by Schnyder
Sculpture by Schnyder
Sculpture by Schnyder
Sculpture by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Kommode

2008
Wood, content
Object 90.5 x 52 x 87.5 cm / 35 5/8 x 20 1/2 x 34 1/2 in
Pedestal 15 x 90 x 120 cm / 5 7/8 x 35 3/8 x 47 1/4 in
SCHNY36081
 

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JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Affenkäfig 
2008
Wood, steel
Sculpture  120 x 120 x 120 cm / 47 1/4 x 47 1/4 x 47 1/4 in
Pedestal  10 x 140 x 140 cm / 3 7/8 x 55 1/8 x 55 1/8 in
SCHNY36084

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Affenkäfig

2008
Wood, steel
Sculpture  120 x 120 x 120 cm / 47 1/4 x 47 1/4 x 47 1/4 in
Pedestal  10 x 140 x 140 cm / 3 7/8 x 55 1/8 x 55 1/8 in
SCHNY36084

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Chrutze 
2006-2008
Wood, steel Sculpture  
78.5 x 73 x 73 cm / 30 7/8 x 28 3/4 x 28 3/4 in
Pedestal  15 x 100 x 100 cm / 5 7/8 x 39 3/8 x 39 3/8 in
SCHNY36082

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Chrutze

2006-2008
Wood, steel Sculpture  
78.5 x 73 x 73 cm / 30 7/8 x 28 3/4 x 28 3/4 in
Pedestal  15 x 100 x 100 cm / 5 7/8 x 39 3/8 x 39 3/8 in
SCHNY36082

Sculpture by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Uhr

2009
Wood (2 parts)
Sculpture  80 x 103 x 130 cm / 31 1/2 x 40 1/2 x 51 1/8 in
Pedestal  15 x 135 x 135 cm / 5 7/8 x 53 1/8 x 53 1/8 in
SCHNY36087

sculpture by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Schäftli

2007-2008
Wood, iron
Object 125.5 x 67 x 34 cm / 49 3/8 x 26 3/8 x 13 3/8 in
Pedestal 5 x 100 x 70 cm / 2 x 39 3/8 x 27 1/2 in
SCHNY36086

sculpture by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Bett

2008/2009
Wood, MDF
Sculpture  53.5 x 54 x 138 cm / 21 1/8 x 21 1/4 x 54 3/8 in
Pedestal  15 x 90 x 180 cm / 5 7/8 x 35 3/8 x 70 7/8 in
SCHNY36085

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
DOMINUS PROVIDEBIT 
2007-2008
Wood, coins
Sculpture  127 x 50 x 67.5 cm / 50 x 19 5/8 x 26 5/8 in
Pedestal  5 x 80 x 70 cm / 2 x 31 1/2 x 27 1/2 in
SCHNY36083

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
DOMINUS PROVIDEBIT

2007-2008
Wood, coins
Sculpture  127 x 50 x 67.5 cm / 50 x 19 5/8 x 26 5/8 in
Pedestal  5 x 80 x 70 cm / 2 x 31 1/2 x 27 1/2 in
SCHNY36083

Sculpture by JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER

JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHNYDER
Kommode

2008
Wood, content
Object 90.5 x 52 x 87.5 cm / 35 5/8 x 20 1/2 x 34 1/2 in
Pedestal 15 x 90 x 120 cm / 5 7/8 x 35 3/8 x 47 1/4 in
SCHNY36081
 

installation view

Installation view, Jean-Frédéric Schnyder, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, 2022

INSTALLATION VIEW

Installation view, Jean-Frédéric Schnyder, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, 2022

installation view

Installation view, Jean-Frédéric Schnyder, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, 2022

installation view

Installation view, Jean-Frédéric Schnyder, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, 2022

installation view

Installation view, Jean-Frédéric Schnyder, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, 2022

installation view

Installation view, Jean-Frédéric Schnyder, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, 2022

bio

Photo: Niklaus Stauss

Jean-Frédéric Schnyder was born in 1945 in Basel, CH, and lives and works in Zug, CH. Schnyder is currently the subject of solo exhibitions at the Kunsthalle Bern and Kunstmuseum Bern, and a special presentation of his major work Apocalypso at the Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur, all in Switzerland. Recent solo exhibitions have taken place in international institutions including Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich, CH (2014); Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, CH (2013); Ca’ Corner della Regina Venice, Venice, IT (2013); and The Swiss Institute / Contemporary Art, New York, US (2011).

Schnyder has contributed to the La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, IT (2013); La Biennale Paris, Paris, FR (1985 and 1971); Documenta 5, Kassel, DE (1972); and Documenta 7, Kassel, DE (1982). Group exhibitions in major museums include Zeitgeist, MAMCO – Musée d´art moderne et contemporain, Geneve, CH (2017); Das Fotobuch und seine Autoren, Swiss National Library, Bern, CH (2015); Drawings from the Ringier Collection Chapter I, Villa Flora Winterthur – Sammlung Hahnloser, Winterthur, CH (2015); Ferdinand Hodler, Jean-Frédéric Schnyder, Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich, CH (2014); and Le Monde comme Volonté et comme Représentation, Le Consortium, Dijon, FR (2012).