Articles

INTERVIEW ON HIS MONOTYPES 2016

2016, Interview between Christian Cuénoud and Alois Lichtsteiner
Christian Cuénoud (CC) : The first question that I want to ask you is simple, why all this sudden appearance of great cycles of engravings and this very intense search in the direction of wood, paper and ink?
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A PAINTING IS A WAY OF DIRECTING THOUGHTS SIMULTANEOUSLY INWARD AND OUTWARD

2016, conversation between Alois Lichtsteiner and Christian Cuénoud, moderated by Heinz Stahlhut
Heinz Stahlhut (HS): How did this exhibition project come about, whose initiative was it, which ideas were your own?
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ASCENT

2013, Ulrich Loock
The colours which have appeared in Alois Lichtsteiner’s paintings since 2011 burn through the surfaces of his earlier work. These are muted, impure, or cold and hard colours – in these paintings even a bright red speck has the quality of ice.
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THE SIDE FACING THE WORLD

2012 revised, Ulrich Loock
The article below was written by Ulrich Loock more than ten years ago for the “Birken und ein Berg” (“Birch trees and a Mountain”) exhibition at the Museum of Art Lucerne.
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I'M FREEZING

2012, Christiane Hamacher
“I’m interested in overcoming fear: to hide from it, run away, then turn and face it, exorcise it, to be ashamed because of it and finally, to be afraid of fear. That’s the subject.” Louise Bourgeois
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GLAS - PHILOSOPHICAL SHARDS

2012, Yves Bossart
As a work of art, glas is both transparent and opaque. It combines optical clarity with the impenetrability of symbol. GLAS is a sensual metaphor,
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THE GLAS AND THE SPOTS

2012, Tony Frey
«The Large Glass (Duchamp) on the other hand is a mystery to me, indescribable, no book I could have written would have brought me any nearer to the subject.» Johannes Gachnang
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A MOUNTAIN TOUR

2008, Tony Frey
When we were woken by Z, who with reddened eyes had been trying to keep himself awake reading the paper and doing crossword puzzles
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BETWEEN HAND AND EYE

2008, Ulrich Loock
In his outstanding essay on seeing, “Eye and Mind”, which revolves round the experience of the seeing body also seeing oneself and thus of not only seeing things from the outside
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THE INCOMPLETE TRANSPARENCY AND REPRODUCIBILITY OF PHENOMENA – ON THE EPISTEMOLOGY OF ALOIS LICHTSTEINER'S BIRCH AND MOUNTAIN PAINTINGS

2008, René Stettler
Viewers of Alois Lichtsteiner’s Birch and Mountain Paintings are faced with a problem. It seems to me to be the challenge of making visible the eloquent epistemological concept
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TRANSITIONS. THE ART HISTORIAN'S GAZE ON TRADITIONS WITHIN ARTISTIC ISSUES

2008, Peter J. Schneemann und Susanne Schneemann
Fields of snow, mountainscapes as a play between ivory and zinc alloy dominate one of the foremost groups of Alois Lichtsteiner’s works, “Untitled” (Mountains).
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PAINTING IS POSSIBLE - ALOIS LICHTSTEINER'S «MOUNTAIN PAINTINGS»

2003, Matthias Frehner
Thesis: Painting mountains is like climbing without a rope. One brushstroke too many, or in the wrong place, means loss of balance, a fall.
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THE SIDE FACING THE WORLD

2001, Ulrich Loock

In three rooms at the new Museum of Art Lucerne, the exhibition BIRKEN UND EIN BERG BIRCH TREES AND A MOUNTAIN features works from 1997 to 2001, which take birch-bark as their “motif”.

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