John Armleder (b. 1948, Geneva, Switzerland) lives and works between Geneva and New York. Performance artist, sculptor, and painter Armleder draws from what he calls a "supermarket of forms". His art can take on attributes of Suprematist painting, Minimalist sculpture or Dada readymades. Co-founder of the Ecart Group (1969) and closely affiliated with the Fluxus movement, Armleder was also associated with Neo-Geo (short for Neo Geometric Conceptualism) in the 1980s. He gained international recognition with his Furniture Sculpture series from 1979, bringing together iconic examples of design and paintings to reflect on the trivialization of the artwork as an ornamental accessory.
After the first solo shows in major European institutions – Kunstmuseum Basel (1980); Künstlerhaus Stuttgart (1984) and Musée d’art et d’histoire, Ginevra (1986) – in 1986 John Armleder takes part at the Venice Biennial (Swiss pavilion). The following solo shows include: Nationalgalerie Berlin and Kunstverein Düsseldorf (1987); Wiener Secession, Vienna (1993); Staatliche Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden (1998); MoMA, New York (2000); ICA, Philadelphia (2004); Tate Liverpool (2007); Palais de Tokyo, Paris and Away at Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice (2011). In 2016 he creates the project for the multimedia facade of Museion in Bolzano.