Reto Leibundgut


30.10. – 28.11.2020



Reto Leibundgut, «ohne Titel», 2020, Ölkreide auf Papier, 161 x 157 cm
Reto Leibundgut, «Eisenhut», 2020, Pflanzen, Klebeband, Farbe, 54 x 74 cm
Reto Leibundgut, «o.T.», 2020, Teppich, Farbe, Holz, 175 x 243 cm
Reto Leibundgut, «Kraniche», 2016, Gobelin, Plexiglas, 67 x 68 cm
Reto Leibundgut, «Melde», 2020, Pflanzen, Klebeband, Farbe, 52 x 42 cm
Reto Leibundgut, «Möhre», 2020, Pflanzen, Klebeband, Farbe, 60 x 50 cm
Reto Leibundgut, «Ampfer», 2020, Pflanzen, Klebeband, Farbe, 52 x 38 cm
Reto Leibundgut, «Mein Herz», 2019, Leder, 44 x 25 cm
Reto Leibundgut, «o.T.», 2020, Stoff, 280 x 360 cm

Reto Leibundgut was born 1966 in Büren zum Hof, Bern. He lives and works in Basel and Thun. From the very beginning of Reto Leibundgut's artistic activity he has exclusively concentrated on using secondhand and old material. He is a veritable addict of materials such as discarded wood, chipboards, veneer, leather, plastics, fabrics and carpets and everything is carefully collected and reutilized. The essence of his work is formed by the large collection and accumulation of material. The different materials are elaborately manufactured and placed into a new context. Cheap wood is ennobled and the vulgar becomes art. He not only recycles materials for his content but he uses images as well.  He often uses old tapestries and stills from porn movies or photographs as models. By means of traditional, allegedly dusty techniques, such as intarsia or embroidery, he transfers content into a new dimension and questions familiar perceptions.

All of Reto Leibundgut`s works are of a puzzling straightforwardness. His art is using old materials and techniques but nevertheless is appearing very up-to-date. He is messing us about and is provoking with perfection an uneasiness, which can not be denied. On the one hand you are attracted to the meticulously crafted pieces, on the other hand you are repelled by their raw, rough way of making.

The women's name series continues with Grace. With this the artist indicates the oscillation between favor and grace, the violent transformation and change of objects into a new, sublime form and appearance. Reto Leibundgut builds on his last exhibition in the gallery with a large piece of fabric. This time, a large carpet is not cut up and rearranged, but painted over with almost 5kg of paint and set up sculpturally as a screen in the room. He joined an old, cut up curtain to form a large-format material picture, the spiral arrangement of the ornaments developing an incredible dynamic power and visual suction. Another piece of work with chalk pens, new for Leibundgut, is spectacular: is it a stylized comic figure or is it psychedelic play of colors that impressively dominate the room from its large format?

Furthermore, for the first time as a group of works, new types of “herbaria” can be seen, meticulously composed still lifes of collected and dried grasses, flowers, herbs and leaves behind glass. In their refined design, they are reminiscent of drawings, geometric abstractions, which are given a charged, new metaphysical meaning with the medicinal herbs or poisonous plants that are sometimes used.

Archiv Bern/PROGR:
Reto Leibundgut - Grace 2020
Danz/Kasper 2020
Erich Weiss 2020
Dong / Steinemann 2020
Christian Indermühle 2020
Peter Wüthrich - Literary Ghost 2020
Dominik Stauch - Painkillers 2019
Xerxes Ach - Secret Colors 2019
Peter Soriano Snowmelt 2019
Elsbeth Böniger - Prozesse 2004-2019
Filip Haag - Malerei und Zeichnung 2019
Pascal Danz - Works on Paper 2019
Bodo Korsig - Escape from Memory 2019
Kotscha Reist - Comptoire de Mystic 2019
Martin Kasper
Reto Camenisch 2018
Christian Denzler 2018
Martin Kasper - Im Wechsel 2018
Martin Kasper
Matchpoint 2018
Andrea Heller / Dominik Stauch 2018
Porter à l'envers 2018
Alfred Hofkunst 2018
Silvia Gertsch - Captured 2018
Winter Story 2017
Böniger / Indermühle 2017
Sereina Steinemann 2017
Xerxes Ach - inside outside 2017
Christian Indermühle - Glarea 2017
Peter Wüthrich 2017
Samuel Blaser - Skip the Pit Stop 2017
Filip Haag - Ins Auge 2017
Kotscha Reist - Painting As Usual 2017
Pascal Danz - Vor der Reise 2016
Laurent Schmid 2016
Freyschmidt/Merkisch/à Wengen 2016
Aquaréelles 2016
Com&Com - New works 2016
Reto Leibundgut - Clementine 2016
Erich Weiss feat. Otto Tschumi 2016
Dominik Stauch 2015
Christian Denzler - Neue Arbeiten 2015
Bodo Korsig - No regrets 2015
Filip Haag - Abrakadie & mehr 2015
Kotscha Reist 2015
Samuel Blaser 2015
Pascal Danz 2015
Elsbeth Böniger - Structures 2015
Catching Moments 2014
Now and Here 2014
(Hi)stories 2014
Summerproject 14
Com&Com - Sky 2014
Katia Bourdarel 2014
Otto Tschumi - Variationen 2014
Lorenz Spring - Spring im Winter 2014
En-lighted 2013
Reto Leibundgut 2013
Patterns 2013
Filip Haag - Oder nach Absprache 2013
Mit dem Körper sehen 2013
Samuel Blaser - Diptycha 2013
Originally Bern 2013
Zwischenspiel: PROGR In-House 2013
Kotscha Reist - Old Ideas 2013
Pascal Danz 2013
Dominik Stauch - Rhinestones 2012
Tiefen Wirkungen 2012
Summerproject 2012
On paper 2012
Com&Com - Clouds 2012
Arno Nollen 2012
Locking glass 2012
Raffaela Chiara - Transformer Kit 2012
X Years 2011
Dominik Stauch - Breathless 2011
Marius Lüscher 2011
Reto Leibundgut - Flora 2011
Kotscha Reist - Painting Life 2011
Microcosmes 2011
Elsbeth Böniger 2011
Laurent Schmid - Rope Tricks 2010
Reto Camenisch 2010
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