Pierre-Alain Munger

Pierre-Alain Munger /   Pierre-Alain Münger


Sculpture, Painting, Drawing


Pierre-Alain Munger
Pierre-Alain Münger
February 18, 2016
Aya received her MA in English Language and Literature in 2012. She likes dancing, traveling, cycling and spending time with her pets.

When Pierre-Alain Münger was a child, he loved smashing his toy cars with a hammer. Many years later, he still does that. Impressed and fascinated by car crashes, impact, destruction and deformation, the artist crashes real cars and uses them for his work. He meticulously studies and documents the effects, and creates imagery concerned with car crashes in various media. In his works, deformed cars and broken trees are silent victims and witnesses of the invisible kinetic forces.

Brilliant studies on paper reveal the artist’s deep fascination with car crashes

Pierre-Alain Munger – Untitled, 2012

Crash Test In the Name of Art

The Swiss artist performs crash tests, smashing old cars into a metal sheet at 110 km/h. The frontal collision deforms metal, providing the artist with the effect and footprints he sought for. These tests require numerous hours of planning and preparation, but Münger’s works of various sizes and artistic expression would be impossible without it.

Pierre-Alain Munger – Rescued, 2015

Crash-savvy artist

Münger is a true researcher and an expert on car crashes. After graduation from a design school and spending time as an assistant to Swiss sculptor Carlo Borer, the artist spent more than 15 years studying collisions and the deformation of shapes. His work does not only depict a ruined vehicle, but also a damaged lamp post, sign, tree or any other object. Sometimes, his work features imagery related to the act of rescuing. Whether it’s painting, sculpture or brilliant pen study on paper, the artist’s deep fascination with crashes is obvious.

His work also shows ruined objects other than cars

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Pierre-Alain Munger – Untitled

The artist is represented by Galerie SOON Bern in Bern, Switzerland.

Pierre-Alain Münger lives and works in Solothurn, Switzerland.

Images copyright © Pierre-Alain Münger

YearExhibition TitleGallery/VenueSolo/Group
2013Pierre-Alain Münger - Crash in Progress!Soon - Art Gallery, ZurichSolo
2013Pop ReloadedGalerie Ivo Kamm, ZurichGroup
2013Radikale Krafte – Geformt Und Ästhetisch GestauchtGalerie Ivo Kamm, ZurichGroup
2012Autopsie de l‘impactgalerieRadial Art Contemporain, StrasbourgSolo
2012Los ultimos seran los primerosGalerie Ivo Kamm, ZurichGroup
2012The summer group showRadial Art Contemporain, StrasbourgGroup