Pascal Robert was born in 1978 in Berne, Switzerland with a swiss-french-vietnamese background. He first studied architecture, then moved to Paris and New York. From 2001-2007 he was a student at ESBA, the Geneva University of Art and Design. He lives and works in Geneva, Switzerland.
The essence of his artistic work focuses on the processes of everyday life, the construction of an individual’s personal identity, as well as the impact on the individual of a society’s collective consciousness. He’s continually fascinated, in this respect, by the confrontation with an enduring, static and historically-charged form like that of the “portrait”, how he can approach this historical form, and how he can develop a new, uninhibited point of view, thereby overcoming tradition.
2009 Kempinsky Fellowship in visual arts for Istanbul and Berlin (with a solo show). (Mentor protégé of David Galloway, curator and art critic (ARTNews and International Herald Tribune)
Solo exhibitions :
2009 Portraits – Before and beyond the image, Galerie Laleh June, Basel (CH) 2008 New Heritage, Galerie Ex-Machina, Geneva (CH) 2008 Hoffmann – La Roche Collection, Basel (CH) 2007 Portraits abstraits – on/off, on the premises of the Galerie Skopia, Geneva (CH) (with Jérémy Chavalier)
2009 Maastricht (NL), ‘eleven artists, three spaces, fourteen days’ (Invitation by Marcel Hiller and Suchan Kinoshita) 2009 ‘Art at Jazz-Nights’, Langnau (CH) - stage setting (Invitation by Lukas Mettler)
Group shows (selection) :
2009 ‘Floating details’, La Pinacothèque, Geneva (CH) 2009 I am by birth a Genevese, Vegas Gallery, London (UK) and Espace Forde, Geneva (CH) : September 09 – October 10, 09 2008 June begins May 29, Galerie Laleh June, Basel (CH) 2008 Utopie des Raums, Kyrgyz National Museum of Fine Arts, Bishkek (KG) 2007 Zwei Strassen weiter zwei, Patronage : Dr. Carina Plath – Skulptur Projekte Münster 07 (DE) 2007 Aeschlimann/Corti Stipendium, Kunstmuseum Thun (CH), Patronage : Susanne Kulli 2007 Sijang jeon eun neomu ileo, heungmiroun samusil jeon eun neomu neuzeo, Espace Forde, Geneva (CH) 2006 Annual view, Patronage : Philippe Pirotte, Kunsthalle Berne (CH) 2006 8/18, La Ruine, Geneva (CH) 2005 ACT 05, Attitudes – espace d’arts contemporains, Geneva (CH) 2005 Villes imprévisibles, Forum d’architecture, Curator : Karatchian/Blaser, Musée Elysée, Lausanne (CH) 2004 Annual view, Patronage : Dr. Bernhard Fibicher, Kunsthalle Berne (CH) 2004 Vous êtes ici, Palais Athenée, Geneva (CH) 2004 Lukas Mettler/ Pascal Robert, Sodium, Hochschule der Künste, Berne (CH) 2003 Walking, Thinking, Drawing …, Bh9, Geneva, invited curator : Frank Sciarone, Groningen (NL)
Public interventions :
2009 "Temporary family", (action) : Amsterdam (NL) : July 11, 2009 at 6 p.m., Oudekerksplein, De Wallen district (’red light district’) London (UK) : June 18, 2009, 6.30 p.m., Tate Modern (Bankside) Maastricht (NL) : July 8, 2009, 6 p.m., Marktplein Vienna (AT) : June 1, 2009, 6.30 p.m, Stephansplatz
2008 Anatomy of a man’s heart, (action), Ex-Usine Kugler, Geneva (CH)
Corporate and private collections :
Hoffmann – La Roche Collection, Basel (CH) Private collection, Basel, Geneva, Zurich (CH) Private collection, London, Hamburg, Paris (EU) Private collection, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv (IL) Private collection, Tehran (IRN)