Peter Hächler

Peter Hächler

One of Switzerland’s most radical contemporary sculptors.



Title Information

Edited by Gabrielle Hächler and Sabine Schaschl, Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich

1st edition

, 2015

Text English and German


96 pages, 52 color and 35 b/w illustrations

20 x 30 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-505-7


Peter Hächler (1922–99) was one of the most formally radical sculptors in contemporary Swiss art. His work was characterized by a geometric rigor leavened by an intuitive playfulness, even as he took to working with industrial materials like concrete, plastic, cast iron, and stainless steel. Many of his sculptures are truly monumental, vast works designed for display in public spaces and serving as art-in-architecture.

This book takes a close look back at Hächler’s art from a contemporary perspective. It features nearly forty of his sculptures, newly photographed for the book, alongside a thoughtful essay by art historian Martino Stierli setting his art in its postwar Swiss context and a piece by curator Sabine Schaschl created in conjunction with his widow and daughter and exploring his life and inspirations.

The book was published to coincide with an exhibition at Museum Haus Konstruktiv in Zürich in autumn 2015.

Authors & Editors

Eva Hächler

 is Peter Hächler's widow and studied together with him at the studio of French sculptor Germanine Richier.

Gabrielle Hächler

, born 1958, studied art history at University of Zürich and graduated in architecture from ETH Zurich. She is a founding partner with Fuhrimann Hächler Architects in Zürich. She taught as a professor at Berlin’s Universität der Künste 2001–14 and as a visiting professor at ETH Zurich’s School of Architecture 2009–11.

Sabine Schaschl

 is art historian and director of Museum Haus Konstruktiv in Zürich since 2013. She has been director of Kunsthaus Baselland 2001–13.