Friedrich Kuhn (1926-1972)

The Painter As Outlaw

Edited by Bice Curiger

Friedrich Kuhn (1926-1972)

Edited by Bice Curiger

Distributed for Scheidegger and Spiess

192 pages | 180 color plates and halftones | 8 x 11
Cloth $75.00 ISBN: 9783858812452 Published May 2009 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe

Friedrich Kuhn (1926–72) was a leading painter in the Swiss pop art movement of the 1950s and ‘60s, often called the Zürich School of the Little Mad World. Kuhn’s unusual work showcases his desire to create an individual style of painting that lies between figurative and abstract, while being laced with idiosyncratic references to modern and popular culture. Kuhn’s personality as a raucous maverick has often overshadowed serious interpretations of his work; Friedrich Kuhn allows us for the first time to consider both the legend and the art in context.

            Designed to accompany a vast retrospective exhibition of Kuhn’s work at the Kunsthaus Zürich, this richly illustrated book reassesses Kuhn’s paintings as early ambassadors of Swiss art that prefigured trends that continue to shape the international art world today. Including many previously unpublished paintings and photographs of Kuhn’s art and performances, the book also presents new essays investigating his work and the myths surrounding his life story.


Dank, Vorwort: Christoph Becker


Exile on Main Street: Bice Curiger


Werke von Friedrich Kuhn


Der Alpenkoenig: Caroline Kesser


Bilder und Texte von Zeitzeugen

-Silvio R. Baviera

-Eva Ebinger-Simmen

-Ernst Gisel

-HR Giger

-Florin Granwehr

-Hardy Hepp

-Theo und Elsa Hotz

-Silvio Mattioli

-Paul Nizon

-Georg Radanowicz

-Thedi Roost

-Stefan Sadkowski

-Rene Simmen

-Elisabeth Wandeler-Deck

-Marianne Wydler


Kuhns vergeigte Happenings: Louis Jent


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