Pascal Robert


Pascal Robert was born in Berne, Switzerland (*1978) with a swiss-french-vietnamese background. After an education in architecture, he went on to persue studies at the Geneva University of Art and Design, completing in 2007. By living and working as a fellow in Berlin, Istanbul and New York he developed his own artistic language and emerged into new cultures. At present, he lives and creates in Zurich and in Paris.

The essence of his artistic work focuses on the construction of an individual’s personal identity, employing a cosmological approach. He’s continually fascinated by the confrontation with an enduring, static and historically-charged form like that of the ‘portrait’ and how to approach this historical medium. By observing and translating energies between the world and himself, he develops a new, uninhibited point of view in portrayal that moves beyond tradition.

Pascal Robert, 2007, installation view on the premises of the Galerie Skopia, Geneva (CH)


2013                Archive of 50’000 photographies ‘The promise of images’

2010-2012‘Weltbild’, stage play
2011———— ‘Together towards tomorrow’, stage play
2009-2010‘How to draw life?’, workshop, Istanbul (TK)
2006               ‘Happy family’, workshop, Barcelona (ES)
——————–(An invitation by Josep Maria Martin in collaboration with HEAD, Geneva)




2010Artist-in-residence, New York City

2009First international Kempinski Fellowship in visual arts, Istanbul and Berlin
———-Mentor: David Galloway, curator and art critic  (ARTnews and International Herald Tribune)
———-Text contributions: Oliver Orest Tschirky, independent curator and art critic

———-The prize culminated with a solo show in both cities, entitled ‘shapes of existence’

2009Maastricht (NL), ‘eleven artists, three spaces, fourteen days’
———-(An invitation by Marcel Hiller and Suchan Kinoshita in collaboration with HEDAH and
——–   JVE – Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht)

Solo exhibitions:

2010‘Past beyond tomorrow’  – TMproject, Geneva (CH)
2009‘Portraits – before and beyond the image’ – Galerie Laleh June, Basel (CH)
2008‘New Heritage’ – Galerie Ex-Machina, Geneva (CH)
2008Hoffmann – La Roche Collection, Basel (CH)
2007‘Portraits abstraits’ – on the premises of the Galerie Skopia, Geneva (CH)
———-(with Jérémy Chevalier)

Group shows:

2010‘Vos papiers’ – TMproject, Geneva (CH)
2009‘Be blue’ – Galerie Laleh June, Basel (CH)
2009‘Floating details’ – La Pinacothèque, Geneva (CH)
2009‘I am by birth a Genevese’ – Vegas Gallery, London (UK)
———–‘I am by birth a Genevese’ – Espace Forde, Geneva (CH)
2008‘June begins May 29’ – Galerie Laleh June, Basel (CH)
2008‘Utopie des Raums’ – Kyrgyz National Museum of Fine Arts, Bishkek (KG)
2007‘Zwei Strassen weiter zwei’ – Patronage: Dr. Carina Plath, Co-curator Skulptur Projekte Münster 07 (DE)
2007‘Aeschlimann/Corti Stipendium’ – Kunstmuseum Thun (CH), Patronage: Susanne Kulli
2007‘Sijang jeon eun neomu ileo, heungmiroun samusil jeon eun neomu neuzeo’ – Espace Forde, Geneva (CH)
2006‘Annual view’ – Patronage: Philippe Pirotte, Director Kunsthalle Berne (CH)
2006‘8/18’ – La Ruine, Geneva (CH)
2005‘ACT 05’ – Attitudes – espace d’arts contemporains, Geneva (CH)
2005‘Villes imprévisibles’ – Forum d’architecture, Curators: Karatchian/Blaser, Musée Elysée, Lausanne (CH)
2004‘Annual view’ – Patronage: Dr. Bernhard Fibicher, Kunsthalle Berne (CH)
2004‘Vous êtes ici’ – Palais Athenée, Geneva (CH)
2004Lukas Mettler/ Pascal Robert – Sodium, Hochschule der Künste, Berne (CH)
2003‘Walking, Thinking, Drawing …’ – ESBA/Bh9, Geneva, invited artist: Frank Sciarone, Groningen (NL)

Public interventions:

2009‘Anatomy of one’s own’, performance (16 hours) – Adlon, Berlin (D)
———-(This performance was part of the exhibition ‘shapes of existence’)

2009‘Temporary family’:
———–Amsterdam (NL): July 11, 2009 at 6 p.m., Oudekerksplein, De Wallen district
———–London (UK): June 18, 2009, 6.30 p.m., Tate Modern (Bankside)
———–Maastricht (NL): July 8, 2009, 6 p.m., Marktplein
———–Vienna (AT): June 1, 2009, 6.30 p.m, Stephansplatz

Artworks in corporate collections:

Hoffmann – La Roche Collection, Basel (CH)