Marc-Antoine Fehr, born in Zurich in 1953, creates paintings caught between realism and fantasy. His oil paintings and gouaches on paper appear to bring time to a standstill. In his latest group of works the figurative aspect that has always underpinned his compositions becomes more evident than ever. The objects, artifacts from the world of play, are marked by the wear and tear of bygone days. The wooden figures Pierrot, Midas, the king with donkey ears, the two brunette ladies and the blond maid make up the group of characters that reappear throughout the series. The puppets belonged to the “jeu de massacre” of a traveling carnival. In the throwing game players are rewarded points for hitting the figures with balls. In his paintings, Fehr lets the damaged and mistreated figures rebel against the injustice. Still wooden and mostly immobile, the puppets now express a variety of emotions. They have become self-determined. The link to ongoing social agitations worldwide is quickly made. Thus the large-scale gouaches on paper and oil paintings on canvas suggest intoxicating alternative realities in which the manipulated have become the manipulators.

Selected Solo Exhibitions
Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris, France, 2015
Hostellerie de Saint-Hugues, Cluny, France, 2014
Helmhaus, Zurich, Switzerland, 2011

Selected Group Exhibitions
Museum Franz Gertsch, Burgdorf, Switzerland, 2013
Musée des Beaux-Arts, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, 2011
Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland, 2009
Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, Germany, 2008

GRANTS AND AWARDS
2003 Award Stiftung für Graphische Kunst in der Schweiz
1987 Vordemberge-Gildewart-Grant
1983/1985 Studio grant by Canton Zurich
1981/1982/1983 Studio grant by the Swiss Federation
1979 Kiefer Hablitzel Grant
1976 Studio grant by Canton Zurich, Paris

SELECTED COLLECTIONS
Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau
Graphic Collection of the ETH, Zurich
Collection of City Zurich
Collection of Cantone Zurich
Art Nationale Suisse, Basel
Eidgenössische Kunstsammlung, Bern
Kunsthaus Zurich, Zurich
Kunstmuseum Olten, Olten
Musée d’art et d’histoire de la ville de Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel
Collection Bank Julius Bär, Zurich
Zürcher Kantonalbank, Zurich
Collection Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden

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