Adrian Schiess (* 1959 in Zurich) sees 1980 as the starting point of his work as a painter, in which questioning the reality of painting plays a role throughout.

The Fetzen (scraps) are among the artist's most radical works, created in a lengthy, continuous work process mainly in the south of France in Mouans-Sartoux, where Schiess lived for many years. His aim in this work process is to avoid over-determinacy and, accordingly, he lets the element of chance play a part in his works, for instance in the form of tearing or light. At the same time, he soon came to question the individual image, creating constantly growing work complexes. A constitutive factor of this work is not only the tremendous density of the more than 1000 Fetzen, but also the spatial character of their arrangement, that—in the performative sense—allows the viewer to discern the artist's movement.

Kunstmuseum St. Gallen and Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein together are purchasing this extensive and important body of the artist's work.

It is being shown for the first time in Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein's Kunstlichtsaal, embedded in a presentation of painters from the Kunstmuseum's collection, above all from the Rolf Ricke collection.

  • Guided tours
  • Thu, 29.11.2018
  • Sun 21.10.

    Special Event

    Adrian Schiess, Fetzen, 1982–89 and 1991–2000
    Presentation in the presence of the artist.
  • Thu 29.11.

    Guided tour

    Adrian Schiess, Fetzen, 1982–89 and 1991–2000
    with Christiane Meyer-Stoll
  • Thu 28.2.


    On Adrian Schiess's painting
    with Adrian Schiess, Roman Kurzmeyer and Christiane Meyer-Stoll