Artist profile

Max Bill

Architect, sculptor, painter, typographer, draftsman, curator and professor, Bill spent his early and formative years at the Bauhaus where he studied under Klee, Kandinsky and Albers between 1927–29. Moving shortly thereafter to Paris, the young Bill exhibited with the group Abstraction-Creation, along with Mondrian, Brancusi and Arp. He was engaged with several British artists also affiliated with this group such as Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson, and formed a lasting friendship with Marlow Moss.

He is one of the seminal figures in Concrete Art and helped to form the Allianz group in 1937, which held a strong emphasis on colour theory that Bill carried throughout his work since his time at the Bauhaus. Some of his strongest disciples and admirers have been in Italy and Brazil, where he lectured in 1953, and where he made an incredible impact on geometric abstraction that carried throughout the Latin American art community.

Biography

1908
Born in Winterthur, Switzerland
1924–28
Studied at Kunstgewerbeschule, Zurich. Apprenticed as Silversmith
1927–29
Studied at Bauhaus, Dessau
1951–56
Co-founder and First Chancellor of the Hochschule für Gestaltung, Ulm
1972
Member of the Academy, Berlin
1994
Died in Berlin