The Bern-based artist Frantiček Klossner is a creator of video art, installations, performance, photography, drawings, and visual poetry. While his cross-disciplinary oeuvre is steeped in existential questions, the focus of his inquiry is on our contemporary self-image as humans. The human body in his video installations and performative sculptures, and even in his drawings and photographic works, stands for processes of psychological individuation and social interdependency. Klossner addresses political and social issues, but does so in a visual language of extraordinary poetic intensity. So striking is the aesthetic of his works that they engage his audiences in direct dialogue. The vehemence of his pictorial worlds is sustained by the sensuousness of his materials. Thus, as if by subterfuge, viewers of his works find themselves questioning their inner images and reviewing their own thinking.
Since 1990, Klossner’s art has featured regularly in international exhibitions and media art festivals. Among the institutions to stage solo exhibitions of his work are the Kunsthaus Grenchen, CH (2001), Centro d’Arte Contemporanea, Bellinzona, CH (2002), Museo de Arte Contemporáneo MACBA, Buenos Aires, ARG (2004), Galeria de Arte Universal, Santiago de Cuba, CUB (2005), Centro de Expresiones Contemporáneas, Rosario, ARG (2007), Kunstmuseum Solothurn, CH (2008), Kunsthaus Interlaken, CH (2013), Kunsthalle Wil, CH (2014), and Kunstverein Ruhr in Essen, NRW, D (2015).
Frantiček Klossner trained as an artist at the F+F School of Art and Design in Zurich (1985–1989), among whose teachers were the artists Hansjörg Mattmüller, Hermann Bohmert, Norbert Klassen, Vollrad Kutscher, Valie Export, Peter Weibel, and the philosopher Gerhard J. Lischka, and among whose guest lecturers were Jean Baudrillard, Paul Virilio, and Vilém Flusser. On graduating, he won a City of Bern art scholarship, thanks to which he was able to move into a studio in the East Village in New York City and there focus on video art, performance, and installations. He won a scholarship to the Istituto Svizzero in Rome in 1995 and after two years at that institution decided to settle in Rome, where he remained active as an artist until 2000. On returning to Switzerland, he headed the exhibition project Identité mobile at the Murten arteplage of the Swiss National Exhibition, Expo.02.
Klossner taught video art and performance at the F+F School of Art and Design in Zurich from 1993 to 2000. After the Swiss Expo.02 he was invited to lecture in media art at the Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz FHNW and in performance art at the École cantonale d’art du Valais ECAV. He has been teaching at the Institute of Transdisciplinary Art and Research at Bern University of the Arts since 2006.
Works and groups of works by Frantiček Klossner now feature in numerous collections, among them those of the Swiss National Museum, Kunsthaus Zürich, Kunstmuseum Bern, Kunstmuseum Solothurn, Kunstsammlung des Kantons Bern, Kunstsammlung der Stadt Zofingen, Graphische Sammlung der Schweizerischen Nationalbibliothek, Bundeskunstsammlung der Schweizerischen Eidgenossenschaft, Collection Banque Bonhôte Neuchâtel, Sammlung Ketterer-Ertle, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Sammlung Ursula Blickle, Österreichische Galerie Belvedere Vienna, MACBA Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Buenos Aires, ZKM Zentrum für Kunst und Medien Karlsruhe, Sammlung Reinking Hamburg