Jacques Pugin

Switzerland 1954


Jacques Pugin
Jacques Pugin
February 5, 2015
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Jacques Pugin is a famous Swiss artist-photographer. He is one of the precursors of the Light Painting technique, which consists in capturing luminous traces during the photographic process, either via direct exposure of the sensor to the light source, or else to a lit subject.

Jacques Pugin was born on May 20th, 1954 in Riaz, Switzerland. At 18, against his father’s will, Jacques Pugin moves to Zurich to become a photographer. Suzanne Abelin, who runs Gallery 38, one of the first galleries in Switzerland dedicated to photography, curates his first solo exhibition in 1977. In 1978, he moves to his first studio in Geneva, where he meets many artists. He then travels to Greece, where he produces a photographic work for which he obtains in 1979 the Federal Grant of Applied Arts (Switzerland). He goes on to make the series titled Grafted Graffiti, using light painting. This series has been widely exhibited and published on an international level. Three years in a row he obtains the Federal Grant of Fine Arts (Switzerland) in 1980, 1981 and 1982.

Jacques constructs his images by intervening either in the actual capturing process (incamera) or in post-production, using various techniques, such as drawing, painting or digital tools. If the subject of his early work was the Body, since then he primarily photographs Nature. A feature of Jacques Pugin’s work is his particular focus on traces or signs, that indicate the presence of human or natural elements in the landscape. His photographs are a reflection on time, space and the complex relation between man and nature.

Year Exhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014La montagne s’ombre AD Galerie, Nyon, SwitzerlandSolo
2014Getxophoto, Struggles, Curator Christian Caujolle Getxo IIIIIIIIIBilbao, SpainGroup
2011Europ’ART Genève avec la Galerie Krisal Geneva, IIIIIIIIISwitzerlandGroup
2010UntitledGalerie Kowasa, Barcelona, SpainSolo
2009La montagne s’ombreGalerie Krisal, Carouge Geneva, IIIIIIIIISwitzerlandSolo
2009D’ombre et de lumière Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, IIIIIIIIISwitzerlandSolo
2009UntitledMuseu de Arte Moderna de Sao Paulo, MAM, Fotografias da IIIIIIIIIcolecao M+M Auer, Sao Paulo, BrazilGroup
2007Art Paris Grand Palais, with Galerie Emotion Lydie Trigano, IIIIIIIIIParisGroup
2006La montagne s’ombre Galerie Krisal, Carouge Geneva, IIIIIIIIISwitzerlandSolo
2006Sala municipal de exposiciones de San Benito Una pasion IIIIIIIIIsuiza Colecccion M. + M. Auer, San Benito, SpainGroup
2005Sacred Site In Store, Bruxelles, BelgiumSolo
2005UntitledFundación Foto Colectania, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2005Des goûts et des couleurs… Galerie Nicole et Léon IIIIIIIIIHerschtritt, ParisGroup
2004La montagne bleue and Sacred Site Galerie Chambre Claire, IIIIIIIIIAnnecy, FranceSolo
2004Paris Photo with Galerie Krisal, Carrousel du Louvre, ParisGroup
2004Art Paris with Galerie Emotion, ParisGroup
2003Paris Photo with Galerie Krisal Carrousel du Louvre, ParisGroup
2002La montagne bleue Galerie Osmoz, Bulle, SwitzerlandSolo
2002Les désertsGalerie Krisal, Carouge Geneva, SwitzerlandSolo
2001Le chant de la machine Galerie Voutat, Crêtes Vandoeuvres, IIIIIIIIIGeneva, SwitzerlandGroup
2001Terre Ciel Mer Biennale de photographie, Montpellier, FranceGroup
2000La montagne bleue Photoforum PasquArt, Bienne, IIIIIIIIISwitzerlandSolo
2000Le Nu Photographié Galerie d’art du Conseil général des IIIIIIIIIBouches-du-Rhône, Aix-en-Provence, FranceGroup
1999Traversée du désir Galerie Fischlin, Nyon, SwitzerlandSolo
1999Histoires d’oeufs Paris Photo & Galerie Marion Meyer, ParisGroup
1997Au Cervin qui fume Forum de Meyrin, SwitzerlandGroup
1995UntitledGalerie Fischlin, Geneva, SwitzerlandSolo
1993Photoforum Pasquart Bienne, SwitzerlandSolo
1993UntitledMusée Rath, Escale 3, Geneva, SwitzerlandGroup
1991UntitledCentre de la Photographie, Geneva, SwitzerlandSolo
1990UntitledGaleria Spectrum (with Centre de la photographie, Geneva), IIIIIIIIISaragossa, SpainSolo
1990UntitledGalleria SPSAS, palazzo Morettini Locarno, SwitzerlandGroup
1988Palais des Congrès et de la Culture during the festival de lIIIIIIIII’image de la ville du Mans, Le MansSolo
1988UntitledMusée de l’Elysée, La collection Polaroid, Lausanne, IIIIIIIIISwitzerlandGroup
1987UntitledMusée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, SwitzerlandSolo
1987Genève : 9 photographes Galeria ZPAF, Cracovie et Stara IIIIIIIIIGaleria, Warsaw, PolandGroup
1987Sélection III» from Polaroid Collection The National Museum IIIIIIIIIfor Photography, Bradford, Great-BritainGroup
1986Sélection III, curated by Dr. Erika Billeter from Lausanne IIIIIIIIIKöln, GermanyGroup
1986New black and white West-European photography Museum IIIIIIIIIof Vilnius, LituaniaGroup
1985Selections II from Polaroid 4th Triennale Internationale de la IIIIIIIIIPhotographie,Group
1984UntitledMaison de la Culture de Rennes, Rennes, FranceSolo
1984UntitledGalerie Espace UN, Geneva, SwitzerlandSolo
1984New Black & White West European Photography The L.A. IIIIIIIIICenter of Photography Research, Los Angeles, USAGroup
1984La Couleur Créative Mois de la Photo, Galerie Viviane IIIIIIIIIEsders, ParisGroup
1984Department Store à Odawara, Kanagama Prefectural Gallery IIIIIIIIIin Hokohama, JapanGroup
1984Les Gens de l’Ephémère Centre Culturel Français, Beer IIIIIIIIISheva, IsraelGroup
1984Young Swiss Photographers Osaka Prefectural Art Center, IIIIIIIITokyo Institute of Polytechnics Shadai Gallery, Group
1983UntitledGalerie Canon, Amsterdam, The NetherlandsSolo
1983UntitledGalerie Fotografia Oltre, Chiasso, SwitzerlandSolo
1983UntitledGalerie Viviane Esders, ParisSolo
1983Les Gens de l’Ephémère Tel Aviv and Haïfa Museums, IsraelGroup
1983New Black & White West European Photography Center for IIIIIIIIIPhotography, Houston, USAGroup
1983Les Gens de l’Ephémère Les Rencontres Internationales de IIIIIIIIIla photographie, Galerie Arena, ArlesGroup
1982UntitledGalerie Suzanne Kupfer, Bienne, SwitzerlandSolo
1982UntitledGalerie Canon, Geneva, SwitzerlandSolo
1982Photographie et Narration Centre culturel de l’Yonne, with IIIIIIIIIDaniel Boudinnet, Guy Le Querrec, Ange Manganelli, Group
1982Photographes contemporains en Europe Les Rencontres IIIIIIIIIInternationales de la photographie, Arles, FranceGroup
1981UntitledGalerie Viviane Esders, ParisSolo
1981Jeunes Photographes Suisses Musée d’art et d’histoire, IIIIIIIIIGeneva, SwitzerlandGroup
1981Section des Jeunes Photographes Rencontre internationale IIIIIIIIIde la photographie, ArlesGroup
1980UntitledGalerie Edwind Engelberts, Geneva, SwitzerlandSolo
1980Section des Jeunes Photographes Rencontre internationale IIIIIIIIIde la photographie, ArlesGroup
1979UntitledGalerie Jean-Jacques Hofstetter, Fribourg, SwitzerlandSolo
1979UntitledGalerie Canon, Geneva, SwitzerlandGroup
1979UntitledMusée des Arts Décoratifs, Lausanne, SwitzerlandGroup
1977UntitledGalerie des Pas Perdus, Bulle, SwitzerlandSolo
1977UntitledGalerie 38, Zurich, SwitzerlandSolo