From October 4, 2020 to January 31, 2021, the Musée gruérien de Bulle (Friborg, Switzerland) invites you to discover the first retrospective of Jacques Pugin. A thematic journey in five chapters retraces the different phases of a work that covers more than forty years of creation.
Since his beginnings in the 1970s, Jacques Pugin has been practicing experimental photography, using all the tools at his disposal (light painting, digital photography, webcams, drones). His plastic research is interwoven with a reflection on time, space and the complex relationship that man has with nature. His best-known works are The Devil’s Horsemen – an intervention on satellite images of the Darfur civil war and Sacred Sites – images of cultural and natural sites taken on five continents. A photograph from the Glaciers series has toured the world. It represents the Rhône glacier protected by tarpaulins.
Jacques Pugin was born in 1954 in Riaz (Friborg, Switzerland). He has lived and worked in Paris since 2013. His fame is international and his work is part of major public collections, notably the collection of the Center George Pompidou in Paris, the Nicéphore Niepce Museum in Chalon-sur-Saône, the Art Museum and History of Friborg, the Collection of the Banque du Gothard and the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne. It is also represented in important private collections. He has received the Swiss Art Award for three consecutive years.
For this achievement, the Musée gruérien collaborates with the contemporary photography gallery Esther Woerdehoff (Paris) and the curator Audrey Hoareau (Chalon-sur-Saône). Christophe Dutoit, journalist and photographer (Bulle), conducts video interviews with Jacques Pugin.
The accompanying book is edited by Sturm und Drang, Zurich. It uses the exhibition script and offers an expanded version of the selection of works. The introduction is signed by Daniel Girardin, art historian and former curator at the Musée de l’Elysée Lausanne. The design entrusted to Werner Jeker makes this work a real graphic object. CHF 49.-, available at the museum and on the publisher’s website.
Musée gruérien - Bibliothèque de Bulle
Rue de la Condémine 25, 1630 Bulle, Switzerland
October 04, 2020 to January 31, 2021