6th Swiss Scultpure Exhibition Biel

R.Aeschbacher: Vorwort


Five years after the previous Swiss Sculpture Exhibition, the city of Biel again has the great honour of presenting a new overview of sculptural creation in our country. We deeply regret that the initiator of the previous shows, Marcel Joray, has not been able to carry on the great enterprise that he launched with extraordinary enthusiasm and a unique knowledge of the subject. The institution, which has become a tradition, has lost its spiritual father. We hope that the Sculpture Exhibition of Biel will continue to radiate outwards. Its influence, and the high international regard in which Swiss sculptors have come to be held, are Joray's achievement. As a small token of our deep gratitude, a section of this year's exhibition, i.e. an Hommage à Marcel Joray shall unite several works from the initial period.

Unless Joray's legacy was to fall victim to inglorious oblivion, a way had to be found for it to survive in one form or another. The establishment of a foundation called Stiftung Schweizerische Plastikausstellung Biel seemed to be the most suitable vehicle for its continued presence. The municipal authorities of Biel under the stewardship of the President of the City Council, Fritz Stähli, have made a significant contribution. We owe them a great debt of gratitude. Just as important was the selection of a new director. We trust that we may have found a suitable successor to Marcel Joray in the person of Maurice Ziegler from Zürich. The local Working Group provides valuable and indispensable support. These changes in personnel and function required us to re-think the exhibition concept and so novelties will present themselves in a new setting.

Art does not obey the laws of traditional rational thought. Much less does it pursue economic goals and purposes. It quite simply exists – one of many human spiritual needs; a guide on the journey towards new territory; a mediator between the conceivable and the feasible, between feeling and reality; a metaphor for other forms of social and societal existence; a stimulus to change our thinking, seeing, hearing. And so, the 6th Swiss Sculpture Exhibition also wants to take – and command – its rightful place in the world of artistic creation in our country. May it bring artists and the general public face to face and closer together; may it inspire fruitful discussions. Last, but not least, may it be a calling card for our city of Biel to be proud of.

I take great pleasure in expressing our gratitude –
to the municipal authorities and all members of staff for their physical, organisational and personal assistance and support; to the cantonal and federal authorities for their generous commitment; to the numerous companies and private sponsors in Biel and elsewhere without whose generosity our goal would have been unattainable; to the exhibition director and his entire, tireless staff; to the members of our Foundation Board; to the Guild of Biel's Old Town (Altstadtleist Biel) for their forbearance; to our unknown ancestors who left us this beautiful medieval town; and to all the artists – the beginning and the end of all our endeavours.

Robert Aeschbacher


© Translation from German, July 2008: Margret Powell-Joss

  • Segelflächen-Skulptur Nr. 3, Pfenninger Kaspar, expo 1975
    Segelflächen-Skulptur Nr. 3
  • Selbstbildnis, Keller Gottfried, expo 1975
  • Figur II, Aeschbacher Hans, expo 1975
    Figur II
  • Maternité, Rehmann Erwin, expo 1975
  • bild1, Nussbaumer Lorenz, expo 1975
  • Komposition (Gegensätze), Teucher Otto, expo 1975
    Komposition (Gegensätze)
  • Nostalgie (Kuh), Pedretti Giuliano, expo 1975
    Nostalgie (Kuh)
  • Elément, Emile Angéloz, expo 1975
  • 3 Elemente (Reliefs), Imfeld Karl, expo 1975
    3 Elemente (Reliefs)
  • Sunrise, Fontana Annemie, expo 1975
  • Mère et enfant, Gisiger Hansjörg, expo 1975
    Mère et enfant
  • Signaltor, Engler Jakob, expo 1975
  • Rhythmus im Raum, Bill Max, expo 1975
    Rhythmus im Raum
  • Säulenweib, Meister Peter, expo 1975
  • „Monsieur X“, Berthoud Francis, expo 1975
    „Monsieur X“
  • Projekt Spielplastik M 1:10, Megert Christian, expo 1975
    Projekt Spielplastik M 1:10
  • bild3, Camesi Gianfredo, expo 1975
  • Holzsäule farbig, Kaufmann Walter, expo 1975
    Holzsäule farbig
  • Figur IV, Aeschbacher Hans, expo 1975
    Figur IV
  • PH-PH, Berger Ueli, expo 1975
  • „Bitte kommen Sie doch …“, Brand Heinz, expo 1975
    „Bitte kommen Sie doch …“
  • 1975, Brand Heinz, expo 1975
  • Colonne BTG, Candolfi Serge, expo 1975
    Colonne BTG
  • Metabolicium, Seibt Dieter, expo 1975
  • Palais, Hefti Bernhard, expo 1975
  • Tubs C, Huber Hans Rudolf, expo 1975
    Tubs C
  • Modell zu Figur I (Mst 1:6), Aeschbacher Hans, expo 1975
    Modell zu Figur I (Mst 1:6)
  • 1974, Kretz Walter, expo 1975
  • Stele (4-teilig), Grunder Mariann, expo 1975
    Stele (4-teilig)
  • En Cuentro Horizontal, Torres Manuel, expo 1975
    En Cuentro Horizontal
  • Karyatide II, Stocker Ludwig, expo 1975
    Karyatide II
  • Gartenobjekt, Roth Dieter, expo 1975
  • Cuscino con Agio, Paolucci Flavio, expo 1975
    Cuscino con Agio
  • Refuge, Müller Robert, expo 1975
  • Urbanocoleopter, Moser Wilfried, expo 1975
  • Löwenturm, Roth Dieter, expo 1975
  • bild1, Armleder John Michael, expo 1975
  • Findling III, Pösinger Franz, expo 1975
    Findling III
  • „Ist das wieder eine fatale Sommernacht…“, Weber Willy, expo 1975
    „Ist das wieder eine fatale Sommernacht…“
  • Einhorn, Müller Erich, expo 1975
  • Sculpture, Ischi Pierre, expo 1975
  • Toro, Rossi Remo, expo 1975
  • Colonne BTS, Candolfi Serge, expo 1975
    Colonne BTS
  • Kampf, Flückiger Carlo, expo 1975
  • Grosses Rad, Küng René, expo 1975
    Grosses Rad
  • bild2, Nussbaumer Lorenz, expo 1975
  • Le Dix, Hächler Peter, expo 1975
    Le Dix
  • Fanfare, Müller Robert, expo 1975
  • Werk Nr. 1503, Benazzi Raffael, expo 1975
    Werk Nr. 1503
  • Findlingskopf, Kunz Peter, expo 1975
  • Begehbare Platten, Lüchinger Thomas, expo 1975
    Begehbare Platten
  • Findling II, Pösinger Franz, expo 1975
    Findling II
  • Sitzende, Steiger-Crawford Flora, expo 1975
  • bild2, Armleder John Michael, expo 1975
  • Wasserorgel, Werro Roland, expo 1975
  • Durchbrochene Gestaltung, Fahrni Samuel, expo 1975
    Durchbrochene Gestaltung
  • Glasskulptur 75/6, Mauboulès Jean, expo 1975
    Glasskulptur 75/6
  • Hast noch der Berge ja…., Gerber Hans, expo 1975
    Hast noch der Berge ja….
  • Eisenplastik I, Wiggli Oskar, expo 1975
    Eisenplastik I
  • Pavillonskulptur II, Bill Max, expo 1975
    Pavillonskulptur II
  • Klappwürfel, Vetter Konrad, expo 1975
  • Kopfgruppe, Kunz Peter, expo 1975
  • Cheops-Pyramide, Signer Roman, expo 1975
  • Objekt III, Villiger Hannah, expo 1975
    Objekt III
  • Etagère, Spoerri Daniel, expo 1975
  • Ago con Pelliccia, Paolucci Flavio, expo 1975
    Ago con Pelliccia
  • E.5.G., Duarte Angel, expo 1975
  • Objekt I, Villiger Hannah, expo 1975
    Objekt I
  • Karyathide, Brütsch Friedrich, expo 1975
  • Zak, Staub Josef, expo 1975
  • Projet Bienne, Huber Hans Rudolf, expo 1975
    Projet Bienne
  • Grosser Boss, Luginbühl Bernhard, expo 1975
    Grosser Boss
  • bild1, Camesi Gianfredo, expo 1975
  • Figure XIIa, Presset Henri, expo 1975
    Figure XIIa
  • « Dimensionn unique » (Transmutation forme de terre) Unité II, Camesi Gianfredo, expo 1975
    « Dimensionn unique » (Transmutation forme de terre) Unité II
  • Drei Figuren, Storrer Peter, expo 1975
    Drei Figuren
  • 1975, Brand Heinz, expo 1975
  • In sich verhalten, Demut Trudi, expo 1975
    In sich verhalten
  • Saul und David, Zschokke Alex, expo 1975
    Saul und David
  • Objet Soleure, Müller Robert, expo 1975
    Objet Soleure
  • Fluidrose, Ponçet Antoine, expo 1975
  • « Wo sich die Winde zum Spiele finden… », Hanselmann-Erne Adelheid, expo 1975
    « Wo sich die Winde zum Spiele finden… »
  • bild2, Kathariner Alois, expo 1975
  • Torse d’adolescente, Schwarz Heinz, expo 1975
    Torse d’adolescente
  • Enlacé, Torres Manuel, expo 1975
  • Grosse Stehende, Steiger-Crawford Flora, expo 1975
    Grosse Stehende
  • bild3, Kathariner Alois, expo 1975
  • „In Tuchfühlung treten…“, Buchwalder Ernst, expo 1975
    „In Tuchfühlung treten…“
  • Rythme, Emile Angéloz, expo 1975
  • Figur I, Aeschbacher Hans, expo 1975
    Figur I
  • Lichtplastik, Metzler Kurt Laurenz, expo 1975
  • Stilleben – nature morte, Egloff Anton, expo 1975
    Stilleben – nature morte
  • Figure Xa, Presset Henri, expo 1975
    Figure Xa
  • Eisenplastik II, Wiggli Oskar, expo 1975
    Eisenplastik II
  • Schyterbeige, Eggenschwiler Franz, expo 1975
  • Begehbares Figurenfeld, Hutter Schang, expo 1975
    Begehbares Figurenfeld
  • Holy Gost, Kohlbrenner Beat, expo 1975
    Holy Gost
  • Lozziwurm, Pestalozzi Ivan, expo 1975
  • Plastik auf rundem Sockel, Suter Paul, expo 1975
    Plastik auf rundem Sockel
  • bild1, Vetter Konrad, expo 1975
  • Figur I, Engel Michel, expo 1975
    Figur I
  • Hardsoftly – S 30, Bucher Carl, expo 1975
    Hardsoftly – S 30
  • Steinflügel, Sigrist Kurt, expo 1975
  • Nathan, Tschannen Jürg, expo 1975
  • Windharfe, Küng René, expo 1975
  • Sculpture II, Brunner Gottfried, expo 1975
    Sculpture II
  • Tinguely, Hofkunst Alfred, expo 1975
  • Element 100, Luginbühl Bernhard, expo 1975
    Element 100
  • Spiralen-Frau, Benazzi Raffael, expo 1975
  • Die Frau und die Schlange, Wyss Josef, expo 1975
    Die Frau und die Schlange
  • Grosser Klappwürfel, Vetter Konrad, expo 1975
    Grosser Klappwürfel
  • Metallplastik, Mattioli Silvio, expo 1975
  • Die Plattform Noah’s, Gerber Hans, expo 1975
    Die Plattform Noah’s
  • Redner, Fischer Franz, expo 1975
  • Eisenplastik 1, Odermatt Josef Maria, expo 1975
    Eisenplastik 1
  • Die Verschwörung, Hotz Roland, expo 1975
    Die Verschwörung
  • Hermes-Brunnen, Oppenheim Meret, expo 1975
  • Marbre rouge de Vérone, Müller Manuel, expo 1975
    Marbre rouge de Vérone
  • Hakencat, Travaglini Peter, expo 1975
  • Véronique, Schwarz Heinz, expo 1975
  • Eber, Probst Jacob, expo 1975
  • Animus und Anima, D'Altri Arnold, expo 1975
    Animus und Anima
  • Isolquart, Granwehr Florin, expo 1975
  • Barke, Egloff Anton, expo 1975
  • Knochenkiste, Iseli Rolf, expo 1975
  • Lieudit II, Grossert Michaël, expo 1975
    Lieudit II
  • Aldebaran, Ramseyer André, expo 1975
  • La Siciliana, Weiss Max, expo 1975
    La Siciliana
  • Athéna, Berthoud Francis, expo 1975
  • Figur V, Wimpheimer Willy, expo 1975
    Figur V
  • Chaos I, Tinguely Jean, expo 1975
    Chaos I
  • Sculpture I, Brunner Gottfried, expo 1975
    Sculpture I
  • Torso der Aphrodite, Hubacher Hermann, expo 1975
    Torso der Aphrodite
  • Es ist nie zu spät für e Gartezwärg, Kunz Peter, expo 1975
    Es ist nie zu spät für e Gartezwärg
  • Bronze-Beton-Scheibe III, Rehmann Erwin, expo 1975
    Bronze-Beton-Scheibe III
  • Neugierig, Demut Trudi, expo 1975
  • bild2, Vetter Konrad, expo 1975
  • bild2, Camesi Gianfredo, expo 1975
  • Vorprojekt künstlerische Gestaltung Kinderspital Bern, Megert Christian, expo 1975
    Vorprojekt künstlerische Gestaltung Kinderspital Bern
  • 1974, Kretz Walter, expo 1975
  • 1974, Kretz Walter, expo 1975
  • Baumstrunk, Huser Theodor, expo 1975
  • MAL 3-teilig, Fischli Hans, expo 1975
    MAL 3-teilig
  • bild1, Kathariner Alois, expo 1975
  • Gruppe mit zwei Figuren, Aeppli Eva, expo 1975
    Gruppe mit zwei Figuren
  • Janus-Mütter, D'Altri Arnold, expo 1975
  • Croce, Rossi Remo, expo 1975
  • Monument der zukünftigen Vergangenheit, Meister Peter, expo 1975
    Monument der zukünftigen Vergangenheit
  • Don Quichotte, Richier Germaine, expo 1975
    Don Quichotte
  • Buluu, Huser Theodor, expo 1975
  • 1975, Brand Heinz, expo 1975
  • Findling I, Pösinger Franz, expo 1975
    Findling I
  • 2-er Gruppe, Grunder Mariann, expo 1975
    2-er Gruppe
  • Eisenplastik 5, Odermatt Josef Maria, expo 1975
    Eisenplastik 5
  • Säule mit Kreuz, Balmer Lorenz, expo 1975
    Säule mit Kreuz
  • Widder-Frau, Benazzi Raffael, expo 1975
  • Rückhalt (Relief), Schaub Mischa, expo 1975
    Rückhalt (Relief)
  • Begehbare Raumplastik, Pedretti Gian, expo 1975
    Begehbare Raumplastik
  • Forme confiante, Ponçet Antoine, expo 1975
    Forme confiante
  • Danielle, Schwarz Heinz, expo 1975
  • Fläche – Raum – Ecke – Fläche (5 Platten), Stäuble Jürg, expo 1975
    Fläche – Raum – Ecke – Fläche (5 Platten)
  • En Cuentro Volcado, Torres Manuel, expo 1975
    En Cuentro Volcado
  • Torse, Schwarz Heinz, expo 1975
  • Fragrant piece (men, Ducimetière Gérald, expo 1975
    Fragrant piece (men
  • Wind – Pendelrad, Witschi Werner, expo 1975
    Wind – Pendelrad
  • Drahtplastik, Bodmer Walter, expo 1975
  • Kreuzfrau, Eggenschwiler Franz, expo 1975
  • Der Menschenbaum, Fischer Franz, expo 1975
    Der Menschenbaum
  • Mémorial pour une Indienne d’Amazonie, Gisiger Hansjörg, expo 1975
    Mémorial pour une Indienne d’Amazonie
  • Piano rhythmique, Linck Walter, expo 1975
    Piano rhythmique
  • Katharsis, D'Altri Arnold, expo 1975
  • „High-Time“ Kapelle, Siegenthaler Albert, expo 1975
    „High-Time“ Kapelle
  • La Spirale, Oppenheim Meret, expo 1975
    La Spirale