Zimoun | 250 prepared ac-motors, 325kg roof laths, 1.0km rope| Vote Code 63566

Bern, Switzerland
Motors, wood, rope, metal, power supplies 2015

Artist Statement

My works are based on direct and simple systems which open the door to a wide range of encounters, confrontations and discoveries. I keep my works deliberately abstract so as to open ample space for disputes, interpretation and associations. This in turn renders my works particularly attractive for display outside the usual exhibition settings and in public spaces. The directness of the systems creates spaces and possibilities for discoveries, which are accessible and comprehensible also for an audience without a background in art. At the same time it is this very directness that integrates art into the daily life of society, and which enriches, irritates and activates it.

Reflexión del Artista

Mis obras se basan en sistemas directos y sencillos que abren la puerta a una amplia gama de encuentros, confrontaciones y descubrimientos. Deliberadamente hago que mis obras sean abstractas para dar amplio espacio a disputas, interpretaciones y asociaciones. Esto a su vez hace que mis obras sean particularmente atractivas para muestras fuera de los escenarios de exposición habituales y en espacios públicos. La franqueza de los sistemas crea espacios y posibilidades de hacer descubrimientos accesibles y comprensibles para un público sin conocimientos de arte. Al mismo tiempo, es esa misma franqueza la que integra el arte en la vida diaria de la sociedad y que la enriquece, irrita y activa.


Using simple and functional components, Zimoun builds architecturally-minded platforms of sound. Exploring mechanical rhythm and flow in prepared systems, his installations incorporate commonplace industrial objects. In an obsessive display of simple and functional materials, these works articulate a tension between the orderly patterns of Modernism and the chaotic forces of life. Carrying an emotional depth, the acoustic hum of natural phenomena in Zimoun’s minimalist constructions effortlessly reverberates. Zimoun lives and works in Bern, Switzerland. Recent displays of his work include exhibitions at the Nam June Paik Art Museum in Korea; Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei; Ringling Museum of Art, Florida; Harnett Museum of Art, Richmond; bitforms gallery New York; Kunsthalle Bern; Seoul Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art Liechtenstein; Fine Arts Museum Rennes; Art Basel; Central for Contemporary Art Brussels; Galerie Denise René Paris; Museum Les Champs Libres, Rennes; Contemporary Art Museum MNAC Bucharest; Beall Art Center, Los Angeles; Museum of Fine Arts Bern; Museum of Contemporary Art MSUM, Ljubljana; National Art Museum, Beijing; Museum of Fine Arts Lugano; among others

This project was supported through an Artist Seed Grant from the Frey Foundation