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Max Bill

Architect , painter , sculptor

Max Bill, Swiss architect, sculptor, painter. Member Zurich City Council, 1961-1967. Fellow American Institute of Architects (honorary); member Academy Arts (Berlin), Academy Architecture (France, correspondent), Academy Arts and Letters (Belgium).

Background

Bill, Max was born on December 22, 1908 in Winterthur, Switzerland. Son of Erwin and Marie (Geiger) Bill.

Education

Student, Zurich School Art and Craft, 1927. Student, Dessau Bauhaus, 1929. Doctor honoris causa, University Stuttgart, 1979.

Career

Private practice architecture and graphic artist, Zurich, 1929-1994. Publicist, 1936; director Institute for Design, Ulm, Federal Republic Germany, 1951-1956. Chief architect educating and creating section Swiss National Exhibition, Lausanne, 1961-1964.

Professor environmental design Institute Fine Arts, Hamburg, 1967-1975. Member Swiss Parliament, Berne, 1967-1971.

Works

  • painting

    • Radiazoneduplicate

    • Doppelfarben (in the cross 1-2-3-4)

    • Untitled

    • Rotation um Lila

    • Four Equal Groups of Four

    • Untitled

    • Untitled

    • Aus Portfolio Kinderstern

    • Untitled

    • Konzentration von elementarfarben

    • Untitled

    • Vier gleiche farbgruppen im weissen feld

    • Fläche im Raum von einer Linie begrenzt

    • Acht farben im horizontal-diagonal-quadtrat

    • 1-4 um excentrum IV

    • Strahlung zu gelb

    • Verwanderte eikon des weissen quadrates

    • Aus violettem kern

    • Untitled

    • Four Identical Large Parts III

    • Untitled

    • Pythagoräisches dreieck im quadrat II

    • Untitled

    • Untitled

    • Blauer kern

    • Junghans Clock

    • Stabilisierter kern

    • Untitled

    • Radiazone bleu

    • Grüner Kern

    • Hommage à Picasso

    • Expansion in Four Directions

    • Dynamische farbdurchdringung

    • Serigrafia

    • Untitled

    • Auflösung von lila

    • Einheit aus drei gleichen zylindern

    • 3-8 Eck

    • Radiation of Pink

    • Untitled

    • Compression to Purple

    • Komposition

    • Untitled

    • Eight Colour Groups

    • Zerstrahlung aus Rotem Kern

    • Three Colours Surrounded by Equal Amounts of Black and White

    • Frauenkopf

    • Sun Lamp

    • Fifteen Variations on a Single Theme, v. 14

    • Area of a pentagon in space with plain circumference

    • WEISSE KOMPRESSION AUS KOMPLEMENTÄRFARBEN

    • Olympische Spiele Munchen

    • Red Nuclear

    • Junghans Wall Clock (model 32-0389)

    • 1+2+3+4 in weiss

    • Verdichtung aus Gelb

    • Blau-violettes horizontal-vertikal-quadrat

    • Untitled

    • Floor Lamp

    • Geometric Composition

    • Vier uberlagerte zonen

    • Constellations

    • Helles zentrum

    • Konstruktion um das thema 3-4-5

    • Radiation of Purple

    • Viertelung eines quadrates

    • Radiazone violeta

    • Verdichtung zu caput mortuum

    • Variation 8

    • Untitled

    • Vier weisse felder

    • Energien im Blau

    • Untitled

    • Untitled

    • Milde Zonen

Membership

Member Zurich City Council, 1961-1967. Fellow American Institute of Architects (honorary). Member Academy Arts (Berlin), Academy Architecture (France, correspondent), Academy Arts and Letters (Belgium).

Connections

Married Binia Spoerri, 1931 (deceased 1988). Married Angela Thomas, 1991.

father:
Erwin Bill

mother:
Marie (Geiger) Bill

spouse:
Binia Spoerri

spouse:
Angela Thomas