Pierre-Alain Münger - PAMCRASH
Born in 1977 In Solothurn- Switzerland, Lives and works in Solothurn
The Radial gallery has represented the artist since the very early days of his artistic career.
We met him when he was the assistant of the well known Swiss Artist Carlo Borer, He showed us his first drawings, his first works and we immediately decided to offer the artist his first international exhibitions.
It’s not just destruction ! It’s transformation.I like to transform things to take their common meaning away and give them a new one and perhaps it gives things suddenly a meaning at all.
When Pierre-Alain Münger was a child, he loved smashing his toy cars with a hammer. Many years later, he still does that. Impressed and fascinated by car crashes, impact, destruction and deformation, the artist crashes real cars and uses them for his work. He meticulously studies and documents the effects, and creates imagery concerned with car crashes in various media. In his works, deformed cars and broken trees are silent victims and witnesses of the invisible kinetic forces.
The Swiss artist performs crash tests, smashing old cars into a metal sheet at 110 km/h. The frontal collision deforms metal, providing the artist with the effect and footprints he sought for. These tests require numerous hours of planning and preparation, but Münger’s works of various sizes and artistic expression would be impossible without it.
Pierre-Alain Münger is a true researcher and an expert on car crashes. After graduation from a design school and spending time as an assistant to Swiss sculptor Carlo Borer, the artist spent more than 15 years studying collisions and the deformation of shapes. His work does not only depict a ruined vehicle, but also a damaged lamp post, sign, tree or any other object. Sometimes, his work features imagery related to the act of rescuing. Whether it’s painting, sculpture or brilliant pen study on paper, the artist’s deep fascination with crashes is obvious.
Upcoming exhibition at Radial Gallery in 2022…
2022 (upcoming) april 2022 / fränkisches museum / feuchtwangen (D)
mai 2022 / alte brennerei / primeart / unterramsern
alte brennerei / weihnachtsausstellung / unterramsern
kunsthaus rot / köniz
alte brennerei / primeart / unterramsern
artstübli / DEFEKT / with simon berger / basel
esp / exposition simon pam / with simon berger / alte kirche härkingen
SCULPTURE GARTEN / with simon berger / alte kirche härkingen
galerie radial art contemporain, strasbourg (F) / SOLO SHOW
galerie SOON / group-show during ART-BASEL 2018
ART KARLSRUHE / galerie radial art contemporain, strasbourg (D/F) PAMCR10, Vauffelin / ford fiesta 1994