*1929 in Bern, Switzerland; †2011 in Langnau im Emmental, Switzerland
Lived in Mötschwil, Switzerland, worked with sculpture, installation, graphic art and film
About the Work
An extraordinary looking vehicle is to be found parked up on a quiet street in the Swiss city of Burgdorf. Resembling a freakish combination of tractor and locomotive, it seems a fanciful vision of the future, but seen from the eighteenth century perhaps. Thick with rust it obviously hasn’t moved for some time. In fact this is a sculpture by Luginbühl, installed outside a museum dedicated to the artist’s monumental constructions. Luginbühl was among a group based in Bern who came to prominence during the 1950s promoting the use of iron in art. Typically using scrap, Luginbühl was interested in the material as a symbol of industrial modernity and how his machine-like sculptures weathered over time. His practice was varied however. Luginbühl’s animal sculptures in iron are more minimal and a series of fruitful collaborations, including with Dieter Roth and Jean Tinguely, produced works of a surrealist bent.