38 – Olivier Suter

Switzerland (1959)

La Mort de l’art

Part museum, part pantheon, Olivier Suter’s project collates photographs of the graves of more than 350 painters, sculptors and architects from the Renaissance to the present day. The Swiss artist photographed each tombstone face-on without any staging, then replicated them in their actual size under glass. Somewhat like a collector, he collated photos of tombstones marking where famous contributors to Western art lie at rest, all across the globe.

Transcending countries, eras, and artistic trends, Andy Warhol joins Camille Claudel and Diego Velázquez, while Ferdinand Hodler lies alongside Oskar Kokoschka and Michelangelo. La Mort de l’art pays tribute to the artists Olivier Suter admires, and praises creative life.