b. 1977, Bern, Switzerland
Lives and works in Bern, Switzerland
Using simple and functional components, Zimoun builds architecturally-minded platforms of sound. Exploring mechanical rhythm and flow in prepared systems, his installations incorporate commonplace industrial objects. In an obsessive display of simple and functional materials, these works articulate a tension between the orderly patterns of Modernism and the chaotic forces of life. Carrying an emotional depth, the acoustic hum of natural phenomena in Zimoun’s minimalist constructions effortlessly reverberates.
A self-taught artist based in Switzerland, Zimoun has been honored by numerous residencies and grants, including Bundesamt für Kultur / BAK and the Aeschlimann Corti Award. Also recognized by Ars Electronica and the Swiss Art Awards, his work has been presented in exhibitions and performances in Europe, North America, Asia, Africa and South America. In 2003, Zimoun and graphic designer Marc Beekhuis founded Leerraum [ ], a platform for creative exchange among artists, designers, and architects– particularly those exploring structures based on reductive principles and careful, yet radical, use of materials.
Zimoun’s first exhibition at a U.S. museum, Sculpting Sound, opened in October 2011 at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, FL. Past solo exhibitions of Zimoun’s work have also included the Contemporary Art Museum, Bucharest, Romania; Galerie Denise René, Paris, France; bitforms gallery nyc; Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan; Lydgalleriet, Bergen, Norway and Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, San Francisco. His work has also been presented at the Vasarely Foundation, Aix en Provance, France; the Nam June Paik Art Center, Seoul, Korea; Kunsthalle, Bern; Museum Les Champs Libres and the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Rennes, France; Galerie Christinger de Mayo, Zurich; Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein; Museum of Fine Arts, Bern; Art Basel; Frankfurter Kunstverein; Bell Gallery, List Art Center, Brown University, Providence; CUNY Graduate Center, New York; Art Museum Lugano, Switzerland; Museum of Contemporary Art, Ljubljana; and the Vooruit Art Center, Ghent, Belgium.
For more information on Zimoun: bitforms.com/artists/zimoun