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OLIVIER MOSSET

Date of birth : 1944

Olivier Mosset is essentially known to the public for having participated, in 1967 and 1968, in the famous movement begun by four artists in revolt against artistic institutions: Buren, Mosset, Parmentier, Toroni (BMPT). Althrough he is a major symbolic figure today for the young generation of contemporary European and American painters, the remainder of his career is still not well known. His oeuvre does not simply consist of the famous "Circles" of the BMPT period. Mosset's impact, which is so strong that he was nominated to represent Switzerland at the Venice Biennale in 1990, is attached to his particular situation: Mosset is in fact the only European painter to be situated immediately after the great abstract painters (Franck Stella, Robert Ryman, Jasper Johns) and thus to have been able to really participate in the artistic debates in the United States in the 1980s and 1990s. Thanks to his dialogue, and as a mediator between the two cultures, making both continents his homes since 1977, he has made works on an American scale that challenge Western critical thinking.