Hannes Schüpbach. Cinema Elements

Hannes Schüpbach. Cinema Elements

Films, Paintings, and Performances 1989–2008

This volume is the first in-depth look at the visually stunning work of Swiss filmmaker and artist Hannes Schüpbach.



Title Information

Essays by Eleonore Frey, Philippe-Alain Michaud, Andréa Picard, Hannes Schüpbach, and Adam Szymczyk

1st edition

, 2009

Text English and German


216 pages, 152 colour and 1 b/w illustrations

21 x 29 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-246-9

In cooperation with Kunsthalle Basel


Published to accompany Hannes Schüpbach’s (*1965) solo show at the Kunsthalle Basel in 2009, Hannes Schüpbach. Cinema Elements is the first and only in-depth look at the visually stunning work of this important Swiss filmmaker and artist. Schüpbach is best known for his 16mm films, which have been shown at the Kunstmuseum Winterthur; the Centre Pompidou; the Biennale de l’image en mouvement, Geneva; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; the Tate Modern, London; and the Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Schüpbach’s work as a filmmaker has been strongly influenced by his teachers Werner von Mutzenbecher and André Lehmann, both leading figures in the experimental film movement in Basel in the 1970s and 1980s. Schüpbach’s work also includes large, connected series of paintings whose simple combinations of colors attract the viewers’ physical movement in the space. Hannes Schüpbach. Cinema Elements features many large-scale film stills and images of his paintings, alongside essays by Eleonore Frey, Philippe-Alain Michaud, Andréa Picard, Adam Szymczyk, and Schüpbach himself, that explore the key elements of his work as a filmmaker, such as his use of montage, repetition, and loops.

Authors & Editors

Eleonore Frey

Philippe-Alain Michaud

Andréa Picard

Hannes Schüpbach

Adam Szymczyk

 (*1970), director of Kunsthalle Basel since 2003. Co-founded the Foksal Gallery Foundation in Warsaw in 1997 and curated the 5th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art together with Elena Filipovic in 2008.