Max Bill  (Swiss, 1908-1994) 

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Max Bill (Swiss, 1908–1994) was a leader in the Concrete Art movement. In 1924, he trained as a silversmith at the School of Applied Arts in Zurich, but after seeing the work of Le Corbusier (French/Swiss, 1887–1965), his interests moved to architecture and he became a student at the Bauhaus in Dessau. There he studied under notable artists such as Joseph Albers (American/German, 1888–1976), Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866–1944), and Paul Klee (Swiss, 1879–1940). After moving to Zurich in 1929, Bill began pursuing a career as an architect, sculptor, painter, industrial designer, and graphic artist. Inspired by the ideas of Theo van Doesburg (Dutch, 1883–1931), Bill formulated principles of Concrete Art, applying mathematics and geometry in his work. In 1944, Bill founded the journal Abstrakt Konkret, and in the 1950s, started writing monographs, catalogues, and journal entries exploring his theories of Abstract Constructivism. Together with Otl Aicher (German, 1922–1991) and activist Inge Scholl, Bill founded the Ulm Hochschule für Gestaltung (College of Design), where he became the head of the architecture and industrial design departments. Between 1967 and 1974, he taught environmental design at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste (College of Fine Arts) in Hamburg. After joining Allianz (Union of Modern Swiss Artists) in 1941, he founded a publishing company of the same name, and was a member of Abstraction-Création artist association, CIAM (Congrès Internationaux d''Architecture Moderne), Academy for the Arts in Berlin, Bauhaus Archival Association of Berlin, I.C.P. (Institut Für Progressive Kultur), U.A.M. (Union des Artistes Modernes), and other various associations and councils of German and Swiss workers. Throughout his career, Bill was awarded the Grand Prix in both Brazil and Italy. His achievements go on to include the Award for Art in Zurich and two honorary degrees.

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Max Bill, Strahlung aus Rot zu Violett / Radiation from Red to Purple

 

Max Bill
Strahlung aus Rot zu Violett / Radiation from Red to Purple
1972-1974

Galerie Orlando
Max Bill, Amnesty International

 

Max Bill
Amnesty International
1976

Art Wise/Rare Posters
Max Bill, Unit in Three Equal Volumes

 

Max Bill
Unit in Three Equal Volumes
1961

Robert Funk Fine Art
Max Bill, Dunkles Zentrum N° 11/ Dark Center N° 11

 

Max Bill
Dunkles Zentrum N° 11/ Dark Center N° 11
1928

Galerie Orlando
Max Bill, Edition of 7

 

Max Bill
Edition of 7
1979

Galeria Cadaqués - Huc Malla
Max Bill, Five Part Ring

 

Max Bill
Five Part Ring
1970

Herbert Palmer Gallery
Max Bill, Combillation

 

Max Bill
Combillation
Bethesda Fine Art | Margot Stein Gallery
Max Bill, SERIGRAFIA

 

Max Bill
SERIGRAFIA
1979

Galeria Eude
Max Bill, Combillation

 

Max Bill
Combillation
1970

Galerie Ziegler SA
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Max Bill, Rhythmus um ein weißes Quadrat

 

Max Bill
Rhythmus um ein weißes Quadrat, 1985
color silkscreen

 

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Max Bill, Vier quantengleiche Variationen (Aus Blau und Gelb wird Rot und Grün) (portfolio of 5, incl. 1 in color, w/title, justif and text)

 

Max Bill
Vier quantengleiche Variationen (Aus Blau und Gelb wird Rot und Grün) (portfolio of 5, incl. 1 in color, w/title, justif and text), 1988-1989
silkscreens on cardboard

 

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Max Bill, Floor lamps (pair)

 

Max Bill
Floor lamps (pair)
metal, glass

 

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1908   Born on December 22 in Winterthur, Switzerland
1924 - 1927   Studied at the Arts and Crafts Academy in Zurich
1927 - 1929   Apprenticeship as a silversmith
1929   Moved to Zurich
1932   From this point on he was active as an architect, painter, graphic artist and sculptor
1936   Since then he was active in public relations
1944   From then on he was active as product designer
1931 - 1956   Co-founder and director of the Ulm School of Arts and Crafts
1961 - 1964   Head architect of the building and design sectors for the Swiss national exhibition in Lausanne 1964
1967   Became professor at the State School for Fine Arts in Hamburg and received awards, honors and an honorary degree
1968   Received the Zurich Art Award
1994   Died at the age of 86 years on December 9 during a visit to Berlin