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Collagesan exhibition of rarely exhibited artworks by the 20th century Swiss artist, architect and educator opens today at the Arthur A.

Gallery until April 19th. The 52 works that comprise the show, all of them created privately using materials typically found at home, provide an otherwise overlooked glimpse into a major shift hooesli modern art making and architectural process. That they are also touchingly intimate and stunningly crafted makes the experience of viewing them all the more enjoyable.

OPENING RECEPTION | Bernhard Hoesli: Collages

These collages are a direct result of all of those developments. Created between and his death inHoesli’s collages, which are all on a small scale, have been arranged around the gallery in groups that relate to each other in terms of joesli color, texture or composition.

For example, earlier works depict a more traditional “architectural” sensibility because of their resemblance to a figure-ground condition.

Later works share broader investigations of color and texture. Beernhard variety of materials used and the breadth of ideas being explored in these meticulously constructed, masterfully designed works reveals an artistic mind unlimited in its interests. Many works feature cartoonish faces or figurative shapes that Hoesli drew onto the surface. Others focus on typographical and color juxtapositions, as on a bednhard shopping bag he found to be an inspiring surface.


Besides using carefully shaped paper cutouts, Hoesli also used materials such as corrugated cardboard, flattened metal cans and even sand.

Bernhard Hoesli exhibit at Architecture gallery | |

The objects he used to overlay the collages are equally varied and even include household items such as a leather school satchel, a hodsli and a pair of shoes. Chanin School of Architecture has brought the collages to The Cooper Union, on a short tour that started at the University of Texas at Arlington, in large part because of Bernhard Hoesli’s association with John Hejdukthe first dean of the school of architecture.

They were both members of the group of architectural educators who came to be known as The Berhhard Rangers, having taught together at the University of Texas at Austin in the early to mid s. The new approach focused on the analysis and critique of contemporary architecture and the interrelationship of architectural elements in organizing berngard and space.

His contributions to teaching architecture, to say nothing of his collage work, are perhaps less well known in the United States than they should be.

Yet the works berhhard display in the Aurthur A. Houghton Gallery were never part of a pedagogical exercise or necessarily meant for public display.

OPENING RECEPTION | Bernhard Hoesli: Collages | The Cooper Union

They were constructed at home with whatever was at hand, largely for the pleasure of Hoesli and his family. The shoes, for example, belonged to Hoesli’s daughter, Regina.

They are a pair of black flats, well worn, with tiny scraps of vibrantly colored paper layered over the front half. They exemplify the intimacy of all the works. Every piece has a verso that includes dates, dedications, notes about the hoexli and place of creation and even bits of prosody.


One reads, “Memories of things long hosli. Some works are displayed perpendicularly to the wall so viewers can see the diary-like entries.

Hoesli would return to many of the works over the course of years, noting the revisit each time on the verso side.

You go back and revisit. The works of Berhnard Hoesli: Collages have a place in art and architectural history, providing a glimpse into the process and life of a key fomenter of the art and architecture of the modern age. But noesli those who have little interest in such history can treat themselves to a purely aesthetic experience.

That’s the other reason to see them,” Christina Betanzos Pint, says. The amount of bernhad and care actually taken in putting these collages together deserves to be seen.

Bernhard Hoesli | Collages

Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper inThe Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as hosli in the humanities and social sciences. From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper’s proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony. Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.

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