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Hans Danuser
1953 in Chur/Grison


"Hans Danuser is among the pioneers of contemporary photography in Switzerland. He became internationally famous with his "IN VIVO" cycle which was completed in 1989. His works were shown in important exhibitions both in Switzerland and abroad and he was invited to participate in international events such as the Venice and Lyon Biennales. As well as Swiss Federal stipends, he has won, among others, the Manor Art Prize, 1991, the Conrad-Ferdinand-Meyer Prize for Young Art, 1996 and the Bündner Culture Prize, 2001. Danuser is the first photographer to present his large-format photographic tableaus laid out on the floor, a conceptual decision that defined his museum exhibition "EROSION" (2002)." (Urs Stahel, Direktor Fotomuseum Winterthur) Text Urs Stahel > download
After working as an assistant to Zurich-based German advertising and fashion photographer Michael Lieb in the early 1970s, Danuser began to experiment with light-sensitive emulsion at the Federal Institute of Technology Zurich. In 1980 he started his "IN VIVO" cycle which was completed in 1989 and comprises seven series of pictures. The 93 black-and-white photographs probe taboos that prevailed in the research and power centres of the industrial society in Europe and the USA prior to the fall of the Berlin wall, the realignment of superpowers and the rise of globalization. Areas that influence and change the development of our society continue to be Hans Danuser's main concern in the large-format works that followed, also presented in site-specific exhibitions and as installations.

Hans Danuser is based primarily in Zurich and New York. His works are represented in public and private collections, including Kunsthaus Zurich, Bündner Kunstmuseum, the Howard Stein collection, New York, the George Reinhart collection and Fotomuseum Winterthur, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Walter A. Bechtler collection, Zurich, and Aargauer Kunsthaus.



Work with and in institutes, universities and academies

Guest Professor at the Swiss Institute for Art Research at the University of Zurich / KHIST UZH in 2009. In addition, Hans Danuser lectured and participated in symposiums, among others, at Jan van Eyk Academy, Maastricht; Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig; School of Art and Design, Zurich; University of Zurich, Collegium Helveticum at the ETH and the University of Zurich, at Academy Tutzing Munich and Humboldt University, Berlin.







Work with and in architecture

INSTITUTSBILDER – EINE SCHRIFT BILD INSTALLATION, 1992
University of Zurich at Irchel, new buildings, Institute of Mathematics, Institute of Pharmacology, Institute of Pharmaceutics, and Institute of Physics; architecture by Guido Doppler: Burkhart und Partner Architekten, Basel / Zürich

NAH UND FERN, 1999
Atrium Peter-Merian-Haus, Basel; architecture by Christian Geser, Zwimpfer Partner Architekten, Basel

SCHIEFERTAFEL BEVERIN, 2001
Psychiatric Hospital Beverin, new and old buildings, Graubünden; architecture by Peter Kaspar, Kaspar und Egli Architekten, Zürich, for the new buildings, and Christian Gross, Rüegg und Gross, Altbauten, Trin, for the old buildings, with Günter Vogt, Vogt Landschaftsarchitekten, Zürich



Work with and in the arts

1989 Project Partituren und Bilder with Peter Zumthor, architect
1994 Project Wildwechsel / Helldunkel with Reto Hänny, writer
1996 Project Mäander / Frozen Embryo SERIES with Fritz Hauser, percussion
1998 Project Vorlage / Bildhauerei with Marcus Casanova, sculptor
2003 Project Klangraum Therme Vals; Fritz Hauser,
         percussion / architecture Peter Zumthor







Work with and in science and research

1986 Los Alamos, part of the IN VIVO project 1980–1989,
         Artist in Residence in the Los Alamos Laboratories, New Mexico, USA
1993–1996 MATOGRAPHIE project, research departments in Novartis Basel
         und Bayer Werke / Agfa Gevaert, Leverkusen
2005–2008 MODELING EROSION project, Institute for Geotechnical Engineering          IGT at ETH Zurich with Dr Jan Laue and Prof. Sarah Springman as part of          the EROSION cycle of images
2008 Project Entscheidungsfindung / Desicion Taking as part of the
         THE COUNTING OUT RHYMES PROJECT, Institut for Mathematics University
         of Zurich with Prof. Andrew D. Barbour.
2008–2009 FARBE und FOTOGRAFIE project, Institute of Inorganic Chemistry
         at ETH Zurich with Prof. Reinhard Nesper and Max Broszio as part of the
         LANDSCHAFT IN BEWEGUNG cycle of Images, anticipated
         completion 2009 / 10



Awards / Grants / Artist in Residence

1980 / 1983 / 1985 Swiss Federal Stipend
1979 / 1983 / 1985 Art Stipend of the Canton of Zurich
1983 / 1984 / 1985 Art Stipend of the City of Zurich

1984 Art Stipend of the City of Zurich to stay in the City of Zurich's studio in New          York
1991 Art Stipend to stay in the Zug Foundation Landis & Gyr's studio in London
1996 Artist in Residence at Los Alamos Laboratories / Santa Fee, New Mexico,          USA



1987 Graubünden Prize for Services to Art
1992 Manor Prize
1993 Conrad-Ferdinand-Meyer Prize for Art
2001 Bündner Culture Prize



Solo exhibitions (selection)

2017 Hans Danuser – DUNKELKAMMERN DER FOTOGRAFIE, Bündner
         Kunstmuseum Chur, 3.6.–20.8.2017, kuratiert von Stephan Kunz und Lynn Kost.
         Hans Danuser – BLUMEN FÜR ANDREA, Castasegna, Villa Garbald,
         8.7.2017–30.6.2018, kuratiert von Stephan Kunz.
2014 Hans Danuser, UCCELIN GION FOND DAL MER, Municipio Bregaglia,
         Promontogno
         Hans Danuser, JOGGELI, National Suisse, Basel
2013 Hans Danuser, AKKA BAKKA, Gesundheitsdirektion am Walche, Zürich
2012 Hans Danuser, EIN COLLOQUIUM DER DINGE, Semper Sternwarte
         der ETH Zürich
2009 NACHDENKEN ÜBER FOTOGRAFIE UND ARCHITEKTUR,
         Galerie Luciano Fasciati, Chur > download
2008 THE COUNTING OUT RHYMES PROJECT, Galerie Luciano Fasciati, Chur > download
2006 EROSION, Exhibition Space at Big Manesh, Moskau > download
2005 PROJEKT GARBALD, Denklabor Villa Garbald, Castasegna
2003 MODELING EROSION, Galerie Luciano Fasciati, Chur
         FROZEN, Scalo Gallery, New York
         FROST, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur
1999 NAH UND FERN, Walter Merian Haus, Basel
1998 AT, Kunstmuseum Nidwalden
1996 HANS DANUSER – FOTOGRAFIEN 1990 – 1996, Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich
1994 WILDWECHSEL, Bündner Kunstmuseum, Chur
1991 IN VIVO, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich
1990 HANS DANUSER – FOTOGRAFIEN, Curt Marcus Galerie, New York
1989 IN VIVO, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau
1986 HANS DANUSER – DREI FOTOSERIEN, Gewerbemuseum Basel, Basel
1985 HANS DANUSER – DREI FOTOSERIEN, Kunstmuseum Graubünden, Chur






Group exhibitions (selection)

2016 GÄRTEN DER WELT – ORTE DER SEHNSUCHT ZÜRICH, Museum Rietberg,
         13.5.–9.10.2016, kuratiert von Albert Lutz.
2015 [7] ORTE, [7] PREKÄRE FELDER, Mannheim / Ludwigshafen / Heidelberg,
         Fotofestival, 18.9.–15.11.2015, kuratiert von Urs Stahel.
2014 Hans Danuser, UNI DUI TRE QUATTAR; in ARTE HOTEL BREGALIA,
         Kuratoren Luciano Fasciati und Céline Gaillard
2013 ANSICHTSSACHE, 150 Jahre Architekturfotographie in Graubünden;
         Bündner Kunstmuseum vom 16.2.–12.5.2013 Kuratoren Stephan Kunz und
         Köbi Gantenbein
         CONCRETE / FOTOGRAPHIE UND ARCHITEKTUR; Fotomuseum Winterthur
         vom 2.3.–20.5. 2013, Kuratoren Thomas Seelig u. Urs Stahel
         BILDBAU. SCHWEIZER ARCHITEKTUR IM FOKUS DER FOTOGRAFIE,
         Architekturmuseum Basel vom 2.3.–20.5. 2013; Kuratoren Hubertus Adam
         und Elena Kossovskaja
         CROSSOVER = Fotografie der Wissenschaft + Wissenschaft der Fotografie;
         Fotomuseum Winterthur, Kuratoren Thomas Seelig und Christin Müller
2012 LA JEUNESSE EST UN ART – JUBILÄUM MANOR KUNSTPREIS 2012,          Kuratorin Madeleine Schuppli u. Franz Krähenbühl
2011 SCHWEIZER FOTOBÜCHER – EINE ANDERE GESCHICHTE DER          FOTOGRAFIE, Fotostiftung Schweiz, Winterthur, Kurator Martin Gasser
         KULT AUSSERSIHL ZÜRICH – DAS ANDERE GESICHT, Helmhaus Zürich,          Kurator Simon Maurer, Zürich
2010 DON`T LOOK NOW – Die Sammlung Gegenwartskunst, Kunstmuseum Bern,          Kuratorin Kathleen Bühler u. Isabel Flury
         YESTERDAY WILL BE BETTER, Aargauer Kunsthaus Aarau, Kuratorin          Madeleine Schuppli u. Marianne Wagner
         FOTOSZENE GRAUBÜNDEN, Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur, Kuratorin          Katharina Ammann
         LUST UND LASTER – Die sieben Todsünden von Dürer bis Naumann,          Zentrum Paul Klee u. Kunstmuseum Bern, Kurator Juri Steiner, Fabienne          Eggelhöfer, Mathias Frehner u.a.,
2009 Museum of Contemporary Art, All That is solid Melts Into Air, curated          Roprecht Ghesquière, Edwin Carels, Bart De Baere, Liliane Wachter,
         Dieter Roelstraete and Grand Watson, Mechelen.
         Bündner Kunstmuseum, Vermessen, curated Katharina Ammann, Chur
2008 Kunstmuseum Bern and Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Six Feet Under,
         curated Bernhard Fibicher, Berne / Dresden
         Aargauer Kunsthaus, Stilleben, curated Madleina Schuppli, Aargau

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2007 Bündner Kunstmuseum, Fleischeslust, curated Kathleen Bühler, Chur
2006 Museo d'arte moderna, Photosuisse, curated Walter Eggenberger,
         Ascona and Rome
2005 Musée de l`Elysée, Das Körperbild, curated William A. Eving, Lausanne
         ART Basel, Scalo, Basel
2004 ICP, New York
         ART Basel, Scalo, Basel
2003 Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin
         ART Basel, Scalo, Basel
         New York University, Not Neutral, curated Urs Stahel, New York2000 Art Exit, Paradise Now, curated Marvin Heiferman / Carole Kismaric,New York
         Kunstmuseum Bern, Eiszeit, curated Ralf Beil, Berne
1998 Kunsthaus Zürich, Im Kunstlicht, Zurich
         Fotomuseum Winterthur, Die Sammlung, curated Thomas Selig, Winterthur
1997 Biennale de Lyon, l'autre, curated Harald Szeemann, Lyon
         Kunsthalle Krems, Die Schwerkraft der Berge, curated Beat Wismer
         and Wolfgang Denk
1996 Frankfurter Kunstverein / Kunsthalle Schirn, Prospekt,
         curated Peter Weiermair, Frankfurt
1995 Biennale Venedig, L'ame aux corps, curated Jean Claire, Venice
         Aargauer Kunsthaus, Ohne Titel – Eine Sammlung zeitgenössische Kunst,
         curated Marianne Gemy, Jean Luc Manz, Urs Stahel, Theodora Fischer,          Aarau
1991 The New Museum of Contemporary Art, The Interrupted Life,
         curated Marica Tucker, France
         Morin and Peter Greenaway, New York
1990 Museum für Kunst und Design, Wichtige Bilder,
         Dir. Urs Stahel / Martin Heller, Zurich
1988 Bündner Kunstmuseum, Konfrontationen, curated Beat Stutzer, Chur
1987 Offenes Ende – aktuelle Schweizer Kunst, Nürnberg
1983 Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Aktuell '83,
         curated Helmut Friedel, Erika Billeter, Armin
         Zweite, Vitorio Fagone and Dieter Ronte, Munich
1982 Städtische Galerie zum Strauhof, Fotografien III, curated Erika Bitterli, Zurich

Works in collections (selection)

Kunsthaus Zurich
Fotomuseum Winterthur
Collection Walter A. Bechtler, Zurich
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Aargauer Kunsthaus
Novartis Art Collection, Basel 
Collection Stiftung Kunst Heute
Kunstmuseum Bern
Collection of the Swiss Confederation
Collection of the city of Zurich
Collection of the Canton of Zurich
Kunstmuseum Graubünden
Collection of the Republic New York Corporation
Collection Howard Stein, New York
Collection Georg Reinhart, Winterthur


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