about

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.

 

 

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.


EXHIBITIONS

2016
   Kunstnacht Brienz, BrienZ
    soon gallery bern / soloshow
    PAMCR10, Vauffelin / BENTLEY 1988
    PAMCR9, Vauffelin / alfa romeo 1998
    soon gallery , bern
2015
    soon gallery , zürich / soloshow
    ours , bellelay / soloshow

2014

    ST-ART, strasbourg, galerie radial art contemporain, strasbourg (F)
2013

    galerie soon-art, bern
    galerie IVOKAMM,zürich
    PAMCRr8, vauffelin /chevrolet blazer 1988

    PAMCRr7, vauffelin /cadillac deville hearse 1973

    ST-ART, strasbourg, solo-show/installation galerie radial art cont.,strasbourg (F)
    LONDON 13 art fair (GB), galerie IVOKAMM, zürich
2012

    ST-ART, strasbourg, galerie radial art contemporain, strasbourg (F)
    KUNST 12 zürich, galerie IVOKAMM, zürich
    summer group show - galerie radial, strasbourg (F)
    Stroke artfair, galerie SOON Bern / münchen (D)
    autopsie de l‘impact - soloshow / galerie radial, strasbourg (F)
    PAMCR5, PAMCR6, Vauffelin
2011

    Burgergalerie, Brienz
    Kunstnacht Brienz, Brienz
    WAREHOUSE, manegg-areal, Zürich
    PAMCR4, Vauffelin
2010

    Brienzer Kunstnacht, Brienz
    pamcrash und vitra, teo jakob solothurn
    pamcrash meets crash, Autoabbruch Safenwil
2009

    Brienzer Kunstnacht, Brienz
    Museum Kesselhaus, Berlin (D)
    THIN AIR, Biel
    Galerie Katapult Basel
2003

    Kant. Jahresausstellung Kunstmuseum Solothurn
    Gruppenausstellung Künstlerhaus S11, Solothurn
    Jugendart Olten


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CONTACT

pierre-alain münger
emmenweg 25
4528 zuchwil

pam@pamcrash.ch