Mosset's work is above all radical, geometric painting. He has made sculptures, collaborative works, and a set for a ballet; he even sometimes produces films. Sometimes he creates collaborative performance pieces.
60 years of performance art in Switzerland museum Tinguely, 20.09.2017 - 28.01.2018
Colour video, sound
For the Eternal Tour festival, in 2009 Mosset proposes a run with the biker club in La Chaux-de-Fonds - King Kustom Bike. Sitting on the motorbike behind the artist, Cristina da Silva films the trip, during which the group crosses the idyllic rural landscape of Switzerland's Jura region to Neuenburg.
PerformanceProcess Paris, Centre culturel suisse 18.09-13.12.15
Olivier Mosset takes his biker friends on a “run” through the Jura back country. ...
Olivier Mosset takes his biker friends on a “run” through the Jura back country.
At the opening of the Salon de la Jeune Peinture in Paris on 3 January 1967, Buren, Mosset, Parmentier and Toroni (BMPT) each made a painting in public, hung it on the wall, then took it down again. All that remained was a banner saying: “Buren Mosset Parmentier Toroni are not exhibiting anything”. Olivier Mosset called this radical gesture a manifestation: the word performance was not really used in French at the time. After that, BMPT were invited to a happening festival at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, where they hung their paintings on a stage.
A long time later, in 2009, the organisers of the Eternal Tour festival—including the artist Donatella Bernardi—invited Olivier Mosset to the second edition of the event in Neuchâtel. Echoing the touring format of the festival, Olivier Mosset organised a “run” with his bikers club, King Kustom Bike in La Chaux-de-Fonds. Cristina Da Silva, who was tasked with documenting the festival, hitched a ride on the back of the artist's bike and filmed the road tour, which took the group to Neuchâtel via the bucolic countryside of the Jura. The experience was repeated in 2011 for the exhibition Môtiers – Art en plein air. Olivier Mosset, who was born in the region and sometimes stays in Val-de-Ruz, is mainly known for his radical approach to painting and sculpture. His love of motorbikes, like a philosophy of life, is experienced as a kind of relationship with the world at large and a way of appropriating time and the landscape. It is closely linked to his own life, which he has shared between Europe and the United States since the 1970s. In 2014, at his exhibition at the CCS, Olivier Mosset also created the performance 24 Voltaire with John Armleder: an absurdist “ballet” performed by a man and a woman at the wheel of a 1965 Chevrolet Bel Air. For Mosset, performance is an underlying medium that revs into action at the turn of a key.