Georg Nothelfer

Rolf Iseli


Born 1934 in Bern/Switzerland
1950-1954 Apprenticeship as photo and colour lithographer
1957 and 1963 Federal Art Scholarship
1959 Participates in documenta 2, Kassel, and the Biennale de Paris
1962 in New York
1971 Participation in the exhibition The Swiss Avant Garde at the Cultural Center New York
1972 Participation in documenta 5
1975 Participation in the Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil
1978 Large survey exhibitions at the Kunsthaus Zurich and the Kunstverein Braunschweig
1990-1991 Solo exhibition at the Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts in Lausanne
1993 solo exhibition at the Pinacoteca Comunale Casa Rusca, Locarno
2009/2010 Solo exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Bern
Lives and works in Bern/Switzerland and in Saint-Romain/France

Rolf Iseli is one of the best-known contemporary Swiss artists. Through the creation of informal oil paintings in the post-war period, sculptures and objects in the context of Pop Art and collages and assemblages at the beginning of the 1970s, he finally made the transition to the material image. Since then, Iseli's art has been situated between the art genres. In ever new ways, always committed to the work process, Iseli incorporates natural and man-made materials as well as everyday objects in many different mixed forms into his works. His recurring theme is man and his natural habitat: in vast end-time landscapes, the figure emerges as a primordial being - the antithesis man-nature is suspended and shaped and conceived as a synthesis.



  • Neue Arbeiten, St. Romain/Bern, 1976, Edited by Galerie Georg Nothelfer, text by Harald Szeemann, edition of 800 copies, o. p., various b/w illustrations Edition Galerie Georg Nothelfer, EUR 15