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John Aldus is a French/Swiss sculptor, painter, photographer and multimedia artist who has lived and worked in London since 1996. He is engaged in examining the role of art and its mechanisms in contemporary society.

John graduated from the Ecole des Art Decoratifs and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Switzerland in 1961 and was awarded many grants during the following years. His first museum exhibition in 1965 included both paintings and drawings.

He has worked as an architectural draughtsman, graphic designer, and theatre and film stage designer as well as teaching (eg invited professor at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne in 1985). John’s work articulates a basic reflection on the role of the artist in contemporary society. Art, for him, is an observation point, which affords a critical look at our social context and invites the viewer to reflect on its values and workings.

This questioning of the role of art in the community finds a response in his installations created for public spaces attempting to re-inject the idea of art in the collectivity.

Adapted from Biographic Dictionary of Art, Zurich 1996

Solo exhibitions in France, Switzerland, Belgium, Canada, UK, USA, Germany, including: Warburg Institute, London; Fa1 Gallery, London; Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels; Galerie Andata Ritorno, Geneva; Musée Rath, Geneva; Robert L Brown Gallery, New York; Veith Turske Gallery, Cologne; Arte Arena Gallery, Zurich; Blancpain-Stepczynski Gallery, Geneva.

Group exhibitions in France, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, UK, Greece, Israel, Egypt, Spain, Italy, USA, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Venezuela, Japan, including: Prince’s Foundation, London; Architectural Association, London; Contemporary Art Museum (MAMCO) Geneva; Art & Public Gallery, Geneva; Contemporary Art Centre, Barcelona; Barbican Centre, London; Kunstmuseum, Winterthur; Nouveau Musée, Lyons; Kunsthalle, Manheim; Museum of XXth Century, Vienna; Louisiana, Denmark; Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels; Musée des Beaux Arts, Athens; Musée des Beaux Arts, Tel Aviv; Musée des Beaux Arts, Cairo; Pratt Institute, New York; Kunsthaus, Zurich; Kunsthalle, Bern; Kunsthalle, Basel; Kunst Museum Bochum; Grand Palais, Paris; Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze.

John Aldus - Portrait by John Warner

1973  Bourse Fédérale (CH)
1970  Bourse Kiefer-Hablitzel (CH)
1967  Bourse Fédérale (CH)
1967  Bourse Berthoud (CH)
1966  Bourse Lissignol (CH)
1966  Bourse Fédérale (CH)
1966  Bourse Berthoud (CH)
1965  Bourse Lissignol (CH)
1999  London           Architectural Association photographic competition,
1993  Geneva           Grand Passage International Photographic Prize, Centre de la Photographie
1973  Switzerland     Prix Xylon VI
1972            “            Prix Harvey
1972            “            Prix Boris Oumansky
1968            “            Prix du premier Salon Suisse de la Jeune Gravure
1967            “            Prix Harvey
1967            “            Prix Migros
1966            “            Prix Diday
1963            “            Prix du Salon des Jeunes
1961            “            Prix Pierre Cailler

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