Marcus Egli

(Zürich 1957 - 2016)


Biography

Egli is one of Switzerland’s most successful sculptors today with his distinctive work in aluminum. Starting with
raw aluminum, he heats, hammers, saws, welds, and polishes each piece by hand, making each figure unique.
Marcus Egli creates aluminum figures which he calls «Hominium».
He questioned about our relationship to the world and our relationship to our history. His themes are universal,
anonymity, loneliness and multiplicity. His artistic process refers us at our own image.
Egli (b.1957 - d. 2016) started producing his humanoid artworks in 1985, initially working with bronze and iron
but eventually bewitched by the bright, lustrous spirit of aluminium in which to create the metaphorical manforms
he calls ‘hominiums’. Each is unique - from the forge, they are machined, hammered, blasted and brushed
by hand. Each has an individual appearance but lacks a character: their faces are blank, but polished to a mirror
sheen to reflect the viewer.
Egli has created many public works and permanent displays in his native Switzerland: for a bank in Neuchâtel,
for the council chamber in Neuchâtel, the Arts Museum in Le Locle, and in Môtiers. His work has also appeared
in advertising campaigns for Swiss watches and American Express.
Egli was born in Zurich into a family of craftsmen, and though he studied precision engineering in Le Locle, the
heart of the Swiss watchmaking industry, he instead bought with his wife Rita a business fabricating aluminium
hardware.
At a young age Egli saw a documentary about Auschwitz – images of machines pushing bodies into mass graves,
of row upon row of uniform humans, dehumanised into mere shapes of people. His modern work decades
later echoes this: they are presented in crowds, in regiments like soldiers, in cages, buried up to their necks in
concrete, trapped in nets. The metaphor stretches beyond its genesis in the concentration camps and into the
modern world, where men live trapped in the boxes of their homes, the restrictions of their jobs, lives, by social
pressures. Yet the obvious care and delight with which Egli sculpts shines through the warmth of the metal of
these recognisably human figures.
Egli lived and worked in a mountain village outside Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

Exhibition

2019
Design - Galerie Artima - Paris
Art Central Hong Kong - Galerie Olivier
2018
Galerie Artima - Paris
The Art & Antiques Fair - London
2017
Galerie Artima – Group show - Paris
2016
Collection Particulière - Galerie Artima - Paris
Remix - Group show – Galerie Olivier Waltman – Paris
Art Paris - Galerie Oliver Waltman - Paris
AAF Brussels - Galerie Artima - Paris
Galerie Artima - London
2015
Galerie Artima – Group show - Paris
Galerie d’(A) - Lausanne - CH
Regards croisés - Paris/Liège - Galerie Dany Liehrmann
- Liège - B
Gewoelbe Galerie - Bienne - CH
Art Paris - Galerie Oliver Waltman - Paris
2014
Galerie Artima - Paris
Group show with Kurt Bratschi - Gewoelbe Galerie –
Bienne - CH
Art Paris – Galerie Olivier Waltman – Paris
2013
Lumières Métalliques – group show – Galerie Artima -
Paris
G’Art – Galerie Grard – Neuchâtel - CH
Atelier-Galerie Hofstetter – group show – Firbourg – D
Lille Art Fair – Galerie LBL
(D)eux – Galerie d’(A)– Lausanne - CH
2012
Aluminium – Galerie Artima – Paris – F
St-art - Strasbourg - Galerie Artima
Art O’clock – Paris – Galerie Artima
Art en Paysage - Assens - outdoor group show - CH
Uno, nessuno e centomila - Galerie OltreDimore - Bologne
- IT
2011
Art Elysées - Galerie Artima - Paris
Woolff Gallery - London - GB
Aux yeux de tous - Visarte.VD - Lausanne - CH - outdoor
group show
Le manque - Galerie Grard - Fenin - CH - group show
Art en plein air - Môtiers - CH - outdoor group show
Visarte.NE - Neuchâtel - CH - group show
2010
Culture en pots - Visarte Neuchâtel - CH
AAF New York - Woolff Gallery London - GB
Aluminium 3.710 - L’Espinoa - Baignes - F
Gewölbe Galerie - Bienne - CH - duo with Kurt Bratschi
2009
Galerie MMB - Avignon - F
Galerie Nelly l’Eplattenier - Lausanne - CH - duo with
Jeanne-Odette
Ex-voto La Nef - Le Noirmont - CH
Skulptura 09 - Glarus - CH - outdoor group show
TIAF Toronto - Woolff Gallery London - GB
2008
Biennale SAMBA - La Chaux-de-Fonds - CH
London Art Fair - Woolff Gallery London - GB
Jetzt Kunst 08 - Schüpfen - CH - outdoor group show
AAF Amsterdam - Woolff Gallery London - GB
Frontières-Grenze-Frontiere – Visarte Neuchâtel -

Work Selection

Alternate Text

Hominium