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Pascal Vonlanthen

Collection de l'Art Brut
From 14.06.2024 to 27.10.2024
12 CHF
Pascal Vonlanthen is fascinated by typefaces and textual arrangement, although he cannot read. In copying text from newspapers, magazines and advertising materials, he produces his own, distinctive take on a language whose codes he cannot decipher. Over the course of a decade, he produced an original body of asemic writings - texts with no syntax but invested with immense formal power.

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Collection de l'Art Brut
Avenue des Bergières 11
1004 Lausanne

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From 14.06.2024 to 27.10.2024
11:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 18:00

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12 CHF



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On 24 and 31 December: 11am to 5pm. 
Closed on 25 December and 1 January. 

Bus 3, 20, 21: «Beaulieu-Jomini» stop 

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At first glance, Vonlanthen’s writings bear a certain resemblance to the printed texts on which they are based, as if an article were beginning to take shape on the page. But the eye soon stumbles over inverted letters, jumbled numbers, illogical sequences, endless lines without spaces or punctuation, and individual letters reproduced repeatedly and in an increasingly abstract fashion. In contrast to the rigidity of typefaces, Vonlanthen’s calligraphic writings are stacked in columns and flow across the page like waves. His texts seem to be guided by a kind of flock mentality: the form of each letter influences the next, and each line follows the movement of the previous, producing a pattern reminiscent of starling murmurations. In some cases, abstract, cloud-like masses fill the page. In others, his compositions blend letters and images – animals and embryonic forms – such that the text takes on a figurative significance. His works vary markedly in size and execution, from smaller pieces in black or coloured felt pen to larger productions in marker on wrapping paper or cardboard, including one example on an eight-meter roll. 

In an age of mass communication and information overload, Vonlanthen’s writings – with their purely visual elegance and quiet poise – have an irresistible appeal that transcends the boundaries of language. 

The Collection de l'Art Brut, which acquired nine pieces by Vonlanthen in 2020 and 2021, is presenting for the first time a large ensemble of his creations in this monographic exhibition. 

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