Having joined the Pop Art movement, Peter Stämpfli developed a methodical and radical approach exploring everyday items such as the iconic universe of the car, to focus on the tire and tire treads which rapidly became his favorite theme. The exhibition proposed by the Gallery concentrates on a completely different aspect of Peter Stämpfli’s work by unveiling a series of paintings from 1963 and 1964, most of which have not been presented since the exhibition at the Bruno Bischofberger Gallery in 1966 and some of which remain completely unknown to the public.
«In 1961-1962, I was struck by some American or English artists who posed the problem of introducing the object into painting, in a very different manner from the one that existed until then, by referring in particular to photography, advertising, posters. They have, in my opinion, opened a path that I have been for a very long time unconsciously searching for,» declared Peter Stämpfli.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalog with texts by Alfred Pacquement, curator and former director of the National Museum of Modern Art, and Robert Storr, curator, former curator of the MoMA and director of the 2007 Venice Biennale. In addition to the exhibited works, this one will be abundantly illustrated with unpublished archive images and significant works that have disappeared today or belong to major public and private collections.