French artist Guillaume Bruère works at great speed, creating multiple works of energetically vigorous draughtsmanship in a short space of time. He prefers to draw on site in museums.

First solo exhibition in Switzerland

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Guillaume Bruère has worked from the paintings of Old Masters at locations including the Louvre, the Alte Pinakothek in Munich, the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin and, on many occasions, the Kunsthaus Zürich, where his first solo exhibition in Switzerland takes place. The Kunsthaus is presenting more than 50 works created between 2012 and 2018.

The human face and the portrait play a central role in Bruère’s work. He has produced new, large-format portraits of gallery attendants from the Kunsthaus specially for the exhibition, turning the spotlight on people who play a vital role in the museum’s operations but, as individuals, mostly remain in the background. The drawings were made last year as part of public sessions during the Open Day and Museums at Night in Zurich.

Guillaume Bruère, Drawn from Arnold Böcklin at Kunsthaus Zürich, 2012
Guillaume Bruère, Rehearsals of «Yvonne, die Burgunderprinzessin» at Schauspielhaus Zürich, 2015
Guillaume Bruère at Kunsthaus Zürich, 2018
Guillaume Bruère, Portrait of Jeremy Huldi at Kunsthaus Zürich, 2018
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Guillaume Bruère, Drawn from Arnold Böcklin at Kunsthaus Zürich, 2012
Guillaume Bruère, Drawn from Cindy Sherman at Kunsthaus Zürich, 2014
Guillaume Bruère, Drawn from Alberto Giacometti at Kunsthaus Zürich, 2013

After van Gogh, after Bruère

While at the Kunsthaus Bruère has created over 200 drawings, no fewer than 38 of which are based on the self-portrait by van Gogh. He has also been a guest of the Schauspielhaus Zürich and has sketched during rehearsals for productions such as the ‘Princess of Burgundy’. The exhibition presents for the first time a selection from these two groups of Zurich-based works.

Curator: Mirjam Varadinis


Image above:

Guillaume Bruère, Drawn from Vincent van Gogh at Kunsthaus Zürich, 2013

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« Zurich is very close to my heart. I’ve made many friends here and received great support in many areas. So I’m delighted that now we’re staging the exhibition at the Kunsthaus. » — Guillaume Bruère
« With Böcklin’s ‘War’ I deliberately tested out the grey areas of what’s allowed. If you ask whether you’re allowed to spread a roll of this size out on the floor of the Kunsthaus you’ll certainly be told no. So I just went ahead and did it. » — Guillaume Bruère
« A painted portrait confronts us with a contradiction: you have the impression you’re looking at someone who in turn is looking at you (through the white dot in the painted pupil), even though it’s just a painting. » — Guillaume Bruère