Pierre Keller

The journey of Pierre Keller (1945-2019) in the cultural field is resolutely multidimensional. Trained as a graphic designer, he first worked in Switzerland and Italy (with Eugenio Carmi), mixing his interest in optical and kinetic art with his knowledge of modernist applied arts' vocabulary. Traveling to the USA and the Nova Scotia College of Art in the early 1970s, he discovered Conceptual art and realized his "Kilo-Art," a new measurement, which he had authenticated by the relevant Federal Office. In the mid-1970s, he started using photography as a medium, in particular Polaroids. In the vibrant New York scene of the 1970s–1980s, he crossed paths with people such as Nan Goldin and Keith Haring, and started to use his art world understanding and contacts to teaching, before becoming, in the 1990s, the Director of the Lausanne art school, ECAL.
Pierre Keller - Le Kilo-Art
French edition
JRP|Editions - Hapax
This publication revives the fascinating adventure of Pierre Keller's invention and dissemination of the “Kilo-Art,” the “Swiss standard for art measurement.” For the two years 1972 and 1973, the young artist—now a key figure of the contemporary artistic and pedagogical scene in Switzerland—dedicated his life to what he called “conceptual art with realization.”
Pierre Keller - My Colorful Life
bilingual edition (English / French)
Edition Patrick Frey
Some four thousand Polaroids depicting nearly fifteen years in the life of artist and former director of the Lausanne art school, ECAL. This photographic diary offers an intimate and erotic portrait of Keller, from its time in 1970s New York to trips to South America and Europe. With texts by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Stéphanie Moisdon.
Pierre Keller -
French edition
JRP|Editions - Anthologies & Art Theory
An exhaustive documentation of Pierre Keller's work and trajectory.

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