Swiss Pop Art

Swiss Pop Art

Forms and Tendencies of Pop Art in Switzerland 1962–1972

The definitive survey of Pop Art in Switzerland in the 1960s and 1970s



Title Information

Edited by Madeleine Schuppli and Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau

1st edition

, 2017

Text English, French, and German

Hardback (Flexicover)

552 pages, 254 color and 63 b/w illustrations

20 x 29 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-536-1


When we think of pop art, we think of the vanguard American pop artists: Andy Warhol and his iconic Campbell’s Soup Cans, the Ben-Day dotted comic strip style of Roy Lichtenstein, and the collages of appropriated materials Robert Rauschenberg called his “combines.” Less well known—but well worth discovering—are the Swiss artists who contributed to this international movement of pivotal importance, taking up the trends coming out of the United States and Britain and developing a distinctly Swiss school of pop art.

The first comprehensive overview of pop art in Switzerland, published in conjunction with a major exhibition at Aargauer Kunsthaus, Swiss Pop Art takes readers through the Swiss pop art scene in the 1960s and early 1970s. Inspired by American pop art’s provocative images and inventive motifs, artists like Susi and Ueli Berger, Fernando Bordoni, Carl Bucher, Emilienne Farny, Bendicht Fivian, Franz Gertsch, Margrit Jüggli, Urs Lüthi, Markus Müller, Markus Raetz, and Peter Stämpfli created works that sometimes borrowed strongly from their inspirations, yet also clearly bore the stamp of a new Swiss movement within pop art. In addition to the striking visual art of the period, editor Madeleine Schuppli and her fellow contributors demonstrate links to Swiss design, photography, film, music, and fashion. The book also includes an illustrated timeline that places pop art in the broader art historical context of a period that was as politically, socially, and artistically exceptional in Switzerland as in many other parts of the world. Vividly illustrated, Swiss Pop Art is a must-have for fans of pop art, as well as the many artists and movements it influenced on its way to becoming a defining art movement of its time and beyond.

Authors & Editors

Yasmin Afschar

Karoliina Elmer

Bernadette Fülscher

Kornelia Imesch

Dora Imhof

Renate Menzi

, born 1968, is Curator of the Design Collection at Zurich’s Museum für Gestaltung since 2008. She trained as a product designer and read culture studies in Zuroch, Jerusalem, and Berlin. She teaches, publishes, and researches in the field of design and served as a member of the Swiss Design Commission 1985–2002.

Franz Müller

Samuel Mumenthaler

Astrid Näff

Madeleine Schuppli

, born 1965, studied art history at the universities of Geneva, Hamburg, and Zürich. She has been a curator at Kunsthalle Basel 1996–2000 and director of Kunstmuseum Thun, Switzerland, 2000–2007. She has been appointed as director of Aargauer Kunsthaus in Aarau, Switzerland, in 2007.

Philipp Stamm

Katrin Weilenmann