Paul Wiedmer

Paul Wiedmer. Iron. Forms. Energy
From 15 April to 28 May 2017
Hermann Geiger Cultural Foundation
Piazza Guerrazzi 32, Cecina (LI)
Open daily from 4 to 8 pm. Free admission
Opening: Saturday 15 April, 5 pm

The Swiss artist Paul Wiedmer explores the possibilities of synthesis between heavy industry products – cast iron and steel – and all things natural and vegetable. Everything is subject to the constant law of change, everything is moved by a profound harmony that the artist explores through the organic forms of the metal, and sometimes the use of fire and mechanical movement.

The exhibition Paul Wiedmer. Iron. Forms. Energy, from 15 April to 28 May at the Hermann Geiger Cultural Foundation, presents the series of the Objets boudlés, formed by twenty-six works completed between 1974 and 1976 with scrap metal, discovered and unearthed in the cantons of Switzerland with the help of a metal detector and assembled according to the place of origin. Also on show are Lava (2015) and the installation Stützen der Gesellschaft, created between 2011 and 2016 and inspired by Henrik Ibsen’s play, The Pillars of Society.

In the late Sixties and early Seventies, Paul Wiedmer was assistant to Bernhard Luginbühl, Jean Tinguely and Niki de Saint Phalle, with whom he collaborated on the creation of many great works, like the Golem in Jerusalem, Chaos in Columbus, Indiana, the Cyclop in Milly-la-Forêt, the Crocrodrome in Paris and the Tarot Garden in Capalbio, Tuscany. In the meantime, Wiedmer developed a personal style, with fire and iron as key features of his poetry; all his production investigates the generative forces of nature, the mechanisms of the cosmos, the energies that come from the earth. Since 1997 the art of Paul Wiedmer has found its natural space in Civitella d’Agliano, near Viterbo, where he created the art park La Serpara. Here, in perfect harmony with nature, the park hosts a display of Wiedmer’s sculptures together with the works of many artists who share the same sensitivity.

The Objets boudlés on display at the Geiger Foundation is a series of twenty-six works made mainly between 1975 and 1976, through the assemblage of scrap metal found with the aid of a metal detector and dug up in the twenty-six cantons of Switzerland. There is deep harmony with the Nouveau Réalisme movement and with the poetics of the recovery of objects discarded by industrial society, properly revitalized through accumulation and assemblage, to which, however, a conceptual component is added that comes close to the subsequent developments of 20th-century art. Wiedmer develops the basic concepts of research, excavation, extraction from the ground of objects intimately related to the earth, often as fragments of agricultural tools; another leading theme is the idea of making inventories, systematically cataloguing, sorting out and assembling the finds according to the place where they were recovered.
On display are twenty-five of the twenty-six works, since the one that completes the series accompanied its deceased owner in her last journey, in a poetic return to the ground.
Each work is accompanied by a lithograph depicting it.

The exhibition is completed by two recent works. Stützen der Gesellschaft, inspired by Henrik Ibsen’s play, The Pillars of Society, is an installation consisting of thirteen props painted in bright colours and covered with welded metal forms; this work conveys a sense of fun, play and freedom, as opposed to the hypocrisy and lack of moral values of bourgeois society—a central theme in the play from which it takes its name. On the other hand, Lava is a work dedicated to the energy of the forces arising from the depths of the earth: they reveal themselves through the magma that erupts in tongues of fire or solidifies in grey basalt lava flows, represented by means of enamelled steel spirals and iron pillars.


  • Pinterest



press review


NOTE! This site uses cookies and similar technologies.

If you do not change browser settings, you agree to the use of cookies. Learn more

I understand

Informative note pursuant to art. 13 of Legislative Decree no. 196/2003 (the so-called Personal Data Protection Code)

In accordance with art. 13 of the Personal Data Protection Code, and in compliance with the provisions of Ruling 229/2014 of the Guarantor for the protection of personal data, we hereby inform you that this website uses the following types of cookies (that is, small text files that the websites visited send to your computer where they are saved for being resent to the same websites at the next visit):

Technical Cookies

These cookies are strictly necessary for:

  • Browsing and using the website (allowing for example, authentication for accessing reserved areas, "browser or session cookies");
  • Collecting information, in an aggregated form, about the number of users and who they visit said website ("analytical cookies");
  • Browsing according to a series of selected criteria (e.g., the language, the products selected for purchasing, "function cookies") in order to improve the service supplied by the same.

These cookies are installed directly by this website and as they are not used for any other purpose besides the functional ones described above, your consent is not required for their installation.

Profiling third-party cookies

These cookies are installed by subjects differing from this website and their installation requires your consent, in the absence of which they will not be installed.

Following are the links of the personal data protection informative notes of the third parties where you can give your consent for the installation of these cookies.

If you do not indicate any preference and decide to continue browsing on this website, this means you automatically give your consent to the use of these cookies.

Management of cookies and configuration of the browsers

You may decide to accept or refuse the cookies by using the settings on your own browser.


  • Total or partial disabling of the technical cookies could compromise your use of the website functions.
  • The disabling of “third-party” cookies will not compromise your browsing in any way.
  • The settings can be defined in a specific way for the various websites and web applications. In addition, the best browsers allow for defining settings for “first-party” cookies that differ from those of “third-party” cookies.

For example, from the Instruments menu -> Options -> Privacy in Firefox, it is possible to access a control panel where you can decide whether to accept or refuse the different types of cookies and remove them if necessary.

Without prejudice to the above, we wish to inform you that you may avail of Your Online Choices With this service you can manage the tracking preferences of the majority of the advertising instruments. It is therefore possible to use this resource in addition to the information contained in this document.