The work of Olivier Mosset (born in 1944 in Bern, Switzerland) is confoundingly simple. For years, the Swiss artist painted geometric shapes and then switched to monochromes, in colors often more associated with house paint than the fine arts. Founding member of the artist group BMPT with artists Daniel Buren, Michel Parmentier, and Niele Toroni, for a long time Mosset practiced a kind of programmatic painting so reductive in its… Read more
About the artwork
Since the 60s, Olivier Mosset has been an unassuming but pivotal figure in the discussion on how an artwork should function. Toblerone is a contemporary do-it-yourself book where the spectator can choose to either complete the work or not. The small ensuing sculptures, a coda to the long line of monumental pieces Mosset produced on the same theme, are whimsically small and light, in comparison to their precedents. While the Toblerone sculptures are references to the Swiss national past, and to the military bunkers that dot the Swiss landscape, their very repetition reveals their most interesting facet: context.