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Youri Messen-Jaschin

Born 1941 Arosa Switzerland / origin Latvia / today: stateless nationality
From (1958 – 1962) his artistic studies lead him to the higher national school of fine arts (student of Professor Arno Roberto Cami) and to the Practical school of the Sorbonne, division of social sciences (history of art, Professor Pierre Francastel) in Paris.
From 1962 until 1965, he went to the School of fine arts in Lausanne. He worked with the engraver and painter Ernest Pizzotti. « Expo of Lausanne » in 1964 with his kinetic glass and acrylic sculptures. He worked two years at the “Center of contemporary engraving” in Geneva. Then, he worked in Zurich, where he broadened his pictorial perspective with the painter Friederich Kuhn thru experience of the circle in the face. From 1968 until 1971, he acted at the University of Högskolan för design & Konsthantwerk in Gothenburg, where he created researches of textile kinetic objects. In 1967, he met at an exhibition in Gothenburg Konsthall Jesús – Rafael Soto, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Julio Le Parc. Speaking with these artists, he discovered to be fascinated by optical art. He decided to devote all his research to kinetic art. An extended stay in Gothenburg gave him the opportunity to
constantly evolve in movement and geometric shapes, integrating them in his textiles and oil paintings. His research in optical art had a significant impact in this area in Scandinavia.
In 1968, Youri received the first prize for the Swiss contemporary engraving art. The same year, he got a scholarship from the Swedish government. In the 1970s, he stayed in Hamburg where he continued to work with artists from northern Germany, collaborating with him on different monumental projects. In 1970, he created a kinetic sculpture for Gould corporation in Eistetten, near the Black Forest in Germany.
He took up residence in Bern from 1971 to 1981. His various stays abroad allowed each time to establish a link with artists working in the same artistic movement. Architecture plays an important role in his paintings and sculptures, the search for movement Op Art (kinetic art) in architectural space is a whole, and he could talk about it with Oscar
Niemeyer, Burle Marx, in Rio de Janeiro, Otake in Sao Paolo in Brazil, and Clorindo Testa in Buenos Aires. He stayed in Caracas at the end of his trip, where he staged theatre and choreography of his own works which are presented at the Ateneo of Caracas and the “ VIth Festival Internacional de Teatro“, Fundacion Eugenio Mendoza, Asociación cultural Humboldt (Goethe-Institut) and the Alliance Française.
He participated in many international exhibitions and got awards from research in optical art in Italy and USA. His works are in private collections, in national and international museums.
He also had the privilege to sell his unique tapestry in the style of Pop art “More Light”.
He was enthusiastic about the use of color in this art style. The Contemporary Art Museum Migros in Zurich was interested in this work. This tapestry was made in the 1970s in his loft in Zollikofen near Bern in Switzerland. This tapestry belongs to the collection of Migros Vaud Switzerland.

After a stay of several months in New York he met pop art artists Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann and Jasper Johns, he returned to Switzerland where he took up residence in Bern, where he lived for eleven years. During his stay, he frequently exhibited at the Kunsthalle and other local museums.
He created for the Swiss Post, 3 stamps in optical art in 2010. Museums focus on his work: Kunsthaus Zurich, Federal Polytechnic School in Zurich, Cabinet des estampes in Geneva and abroad, the Royal Museum of fine arts in Brussels. The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam as well as other museums and private collectors in the United States, Japan and Europe buy his kinetic works to complete their collections.

Works represented in museums and foundations
• 1960 Bibliothèque cantonale de Lausanne:
• 1960 Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam;
• 1967-1968 Centre de Gravure contemporaine Geneva;
• 1967-1968 Cabinet des Estampes Geneva;
• 1969 Röhsska Museet Gothenburg;
• 1971 Gould corporation near the Black Forest in Germany;
• 1973 Musée des Beaux-Arts / Print Cabinet / Le Locle
• 1974 EPFZ Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Cabinet print Zurich;
• 1974 Bibliothèque Nationale Suisse (Print Cabinet) Bern;
• 1974 Kunsthaus Zürich;
• 1976 Musée d’Art et d’Histoire (Print Cabinet) Fribourg;
• 1976 Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Albert 1er/ Print Cabinet Bruxelles;
• 1978-1998 Musée d’Art Contemporain Montréal, Canada;
• 1979 Foundation Philip Morris New York;
• 1983 Fundación Mendoza Caracas;
• 1983 Fundación Interalumin Ciudad Guayana, Venuezela;
• 1996 Donation de Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund de la tapisserie « More light » à Migros Vaud,
• 1998 Orensanz Foundation / Center for the Arts New York;
• 2000 CIAC Centro Internazionale per l’Arte Contemporaneo, Genazzano, Roma;
• 2002 Paper Museum Kochi-Ken, Japan.
• 2007 Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum Japan.
• 2007 Sakima Art Museum Préfecture d’Okinawa, Japan.
• 2010 Museo de Filatelia de Oaxaca Mexico
• 2017 POPA Op art Museum Porrentruy, Switzerland
• 2019 Art critic collection Laurent Delaloye
• 2020 – Collection Accademia Arte Italia il Mondo, Brindisi

1963 1st Prize of contemporary engraving | Center of Engraving Geneva | Musée d’art et d’Histoire Geneva
1966 Grant of the Swedish state for study at the University of Gothenburg (research in the textil in Op art)
1969 USA | Gould corporation / 1st prize for the realization of a Op art sculpture
1970 2 nd prize for a textile work – electro-acoustic, University of Gothenburg
1971 1 st prize for a textile work – electro-acoustic, Röhsska Museum Gothenburg
1985 Italiy | Centro Studi e Ricerche delle Nazioni | World Culture Award | Statue of Victory | 1985
1985 Centro Studi e Ricerche l’Accademia d’Europa | Diploma of Appointment of Academician of Europe | for its cultural and professional activity
1986 Diploma European Schowmen’s Union (For his sincere efforts on behalf of the European Showmen’s Union we hereby extend our special appreciation to.) Bruxelles IV/73
1987 Diploma of nomination “Golden Elephant” (for the merits that he acquired to the cause of the circus) Schweizer National Circus Gebrüder Knie Rapperswil
1998 Installation Award ” Certificate of Merit ” (Research in Op art) Angel Orensanz Foundation, Center for the arts, New York
2000 Aim for Arts, (International juried exhibition, celebrating artistic achievement) Federation of Canadian artists (1380 oeuvres, 933 artistes de 33 pays) ” Living in New York (gouache and collage) received a prize. Exhibition Vancouver.
2019 USA | 30th international Artavita contest | Award | Certificate of Excellence
2019 USA | Circle Foundation for the Arts | Award for « Wormhole « (silkscreen)
2019 USA | Art Room Gallery | Award « Artifact « Excellent artwork
2019 Italy | Premio Internationale d’Arte | Università Popolare degli studi Milano i Lecce
2019 Italy | Titolo Onorifico | Italia in Arte del Mondo | Lecce
2020 Italy | Honorary Academic Master Emeritus | Honorary title | For his research in art and science |Accademia Arte e Scienza | Brindisi
2020 Italy | Award for two Muquarmas I+II (screenprinting), Biennale internazionale d’arte contemporanea | Mesagne
2021 Switzerland | Lausanne | Artistic Research and Development Grant | Canton Vaud
2021 Italiy | Premio Internationale d’Arte | Accademia Arte il Mondo | Lecce | for the painting « Blazar «

2021 Migros Vaud 75th anniversary award | Brain project |
2021 USA | Award | Art Show International Gallery | Los Angeles
2022 USA | Color Honorable Mention Award | Art Show International Gallery | Los Angeles


• 1959 Internationaal markt van de kunsten Assen, The Netherlands;
• 1960 Galerie “La Palette” Paris;
• 1960 Kunstheater Bern;
• 1960 Galeria 2000 Milan;
• 1960 Galeria del Nociolo Lugano;
• 1963 Galerie St.Gill Paris;
• 1964 Vieux Bourg Lausanne;
• 1964 Kunstgalerie Stockholm;
• 1964 Centre de la Gravure contemporaine Geneva;
• 1964 Expos 64 Lausanne;
• 1964 Universitet Göteborg Sweden;
• 1964 Studentföreningen Gallery Göteborg, Sweden;
• 1964 Galerie Migros Geneva;
• 1964 Galerie Migros Neuchâtel;

• 1965 Atelier-Theater Berne;
• 1965 MOMA | Museum of Modern Art, New York < Kinetic art >;
• Exhibitions
• 1965 Galerie la Toile d’Araignée Chardonne-sur-Vevey;
• 1966 Modern Nordisk Konst Karlstadt, Sweden;
• 1966 Quinzaine Culturel Orbe “Centre de Jeunesse” Orbe;
• 1966 Galerie Club Neuchâtel;
• 1966 Galerie du Vieux-Bourg, Lausanne;
• 1966 Galerie del Nocciolo Lugano;
• 1967 Galerie St.Gill Paris;
• 1967 Galerie Club Geneva;
• 1967 Atelier-Theater Berne;
• 1967 Internationaal Kunstmesse Emmelord, The Netherlands;
• 1968 Musée Rath Geneva (SPAS);
• 1968 MNK Wermlands, Sweden;
• 1969 Modern Nordisk Konst Göteborg, Sweden;
• 1969 Musée d’Arts et d’Histoire Geneva 1er Salon Suisse de la Gravure contemporaine;
• 1970 V. Biennale de la Tapisserie Lausanne;
• 1970 Restaurant Eichhalde Freiburg in Breisgau;
• 1970 Gould Gmbh Freiburg in Breisgau;
• 1970 Saipa SA Lugano;
• 1970 Göteborgs Konsthall (Grupputställningar) Göteborg, Sweden;
• 1970 Expo-Form 70 Röhsska Museet Göteborg, Sweden;
• 1970 Franska sprakinstitutet Göteborg, Sweden;
• 1970 Elektronica München;
• 1971 Galerie Migros Lausanne;
• 1971 Foundation Gould corporation Freiburg in Breisgau;
• 1971 Gewerbemuseum Bern, (artists from Berne);
• 1972 Aktionsgalerie 2 Bern, (Idols);
• 1972 Katakombe Basel (Idols);
• 1972 Bündner Kunsthaus Chur, (Idols);
• 1972 Kunstkeller Berne;
• 1973 Müstermesse Basel;
• 1973 Galerie Club Migros Lausanne;
• 1973 Gewerbemuseum Bern, (Berner künstler);
• 1973 Salon des Antiquaires Lausanne;
• 1973 Musée des Beaux-Arts Le Locle;
• 1974 Aktionsgalerie 1 Bern;
• 1973/74 Kunsthalle Bern (Berner künstler);
• 1974 3e Biennale Internationale des Arts Menton;
• 1974 1er Salon International de l’Architecture d’intérieur Geneva;
• 1974 Aktionsgalerie 1 Bern;
• 1974 Semaine culturel Moutier;
• 1974 Kunstmuseum Lucerne (Bourse Kiefer-Hablitzel);
• 1974 Galerie Bertram Burgdorf, (Weichnachtssaustellung);
• 1974/75 Kunsthalle Berne (Berner künstler);
• 1975 Aktionsgalerie 1 Bern;
• 1975 Gewerbemuseum Bern, (Berner Künstler);
• 1975 Kunsthalle Bern, (Berner künstler);
• 1979 Galerie Wallgraben Freiburg in Breisgau;
• 1975 2e Salon International de l’architecture d’intérieur Geneva;
• 1975 Galerie Leuebrüggli Langenthal;
• 1975 Kunstsammlung und Schadau-Museum Thun;
• 1975 2e Biennale de l’Humour et du Satire Gabrovo, Bulgaria;
• 1975/76 Kunsthalle Bern (Berner künstler);

• 1976 Mostra nazionale de sculptura Vira-Gambarogno, Switzerland;

• 1977 Fondation le Grand Cachot, Switzerland;
• 1977 Kunsthalle Bern (Textil, Glas, Holz, Ton, Stein, Metal);
• Exhibitions
• 1977 Aktionsgalerie 1 Bern (Sofortbild Polaroïd);
• 1977 Musée d’Art et d’Histoire Fribourg;
• 1978 4e Biennale International des Arts Menton;
• 1978 Gewerbemuseum Bern (Berner Künstler);
• 1978 Sculpture en Liberté Nyon;
• 1978 Galerie Henry Meyer Lausanne;
• 1978 Restaurant Rathaus Bern;
• 1979 Atelier Urs Gerber Spiez, (Kunst-Gesellschaft Spiez);
• 1979 Kunstmuseum Bern, 100 Jahre Kunstmuseum Bern;
• 1979 Galerie Wallgraben Freiburg in Breisgau;
• 1979 3e Biennale de la sculpture acrylique Konstanz;
• 1980 Gewerbemuseum Bern, (Berner künstler);
• 1980 Grand Cachot, Grand Cachot;
• 1981 Ciolina Bern;
• 1983 Arte como Laser Fundacion Mendoza, Caracas;
• 1990 “Computer 90” Lausanne;
• 1990 “Swissdata” (Müstermesse) Basel;
• 1994 Walgraben Münster;
• 1994 1. International Art competition New York ;
• 1995 2. International Art competition New York, ;
• 1997 Galerie Club Lausanne;
• 1997 Société de Banque Suisse Renens;
• 1997-1998 Galerie Humus Lausanne;
• 1998 2nd. Angel Orensanz Foundation New York;
• Center for the Arts «Installation Art Award» New York;
• 1998 Galerie Bertram Burgdorf;
• 2000 Premio Internazionale di Scultura “Terzo Millennio” Erbusco;
• 2000 “World festival of art on paper” Kranj, Slovenia;
• 2000 International Competition Celebrating Artistic Achievment/AIM Funds Management & The
Federation of Canadian Artists Vancouver;
• 2000 “Plastique” Musée Arlaud Lausanne (Visarte);
• 2000 Premio Internazionale di Sculptura “Terzo Millenio” L’Angelicum Milano;
• 2001 Premio Internazionale di Scultura “Terzo Millennio” Palazzo Bonoris Brescia;
• 2003 International Exhibition of Contemporary Art Brasini Halls “Il Vittoriano”
(monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II) Rome;
• 2006 Street promenade Lausanne Visarte (60 interventions artistiques au cœur de l’affichage
urbain); “Street Promenade Lausanne Visarte-Vaud”;
• 2007 Lipanjepuntin arte contemporaneo Rome;
• 2007 Musée de L’Élysée “Tous photographes” Lausanne;
• 2007 Fundación Antonio Saura Cuenca, Spain;
• 2007 “International Print Exhibition Tokyo 2007” Tokyo Metropolitan Museum Tokyo;
• 2007 Sakima Art Museum Okinawa Prefecture Japan;
• 2012 MAM Museo Arte Moderno « Arte Conceptual Body art Youri Messen-Jaschin » Sāo Paolo
• 2012 Villa Dutoit, “mise à sac“, 200 artistes de Visarte Suisse, Genève;
• 2013 Galerie du Château, Renens;
• 2013 Aminterartmania Ltd Lausanne;
• 2014 Danish design center Copenhagen;
• 2015 Pasche Paudex;
• 2015 – 2016 6th International Painting & Mixed media Competition Sofia Bulgaria;
• 2016 Chanel 1, Television. Moscow
• 2017 Aperti Lausanne
• 2017 Galerie Kornfeld Bern

  • • 2018 Museum POPA (Optical art museum) Porrentruy Switzerland
    • 2018 Rencontres à Rossinière | 30 artistes travaillent le bois | Rossinière Switzerland
    • Exhibitions
    • 2019 Galerie du Château, Renens | Switzerland
    • 2019 Chelsea | International art competition | digital show | New York
    • 2019 Art Room Gallery | on line Award « Artifact « USA
    • 2020 Biennale Internazionale d’Arte Contemporanea | Communal Castle of Mesagne | Italy
    • 2022 URBANSIDE Gallery, Giessereistrasse 1 Zürich (collective exhibition)
    • 2022 Popa Museum | Porrentruy | Switzerland
    • 2022 Mapping Festival @KZERN | Geneva
    • 2022 Casa de Arte | Palma | Spain (collective exhibition)
    • 2022 Art Basel Miami beach | Miami | USA
    • 2023 Centre d’art contemporain Geneva
    • 2023 Basel art weeks
    • 2023 Thomson Gallery Zürich
    • 2023 Casa de Arte | Palma | Spain (collective exhibition)
    • 2023 Lelie Gallery Amsterdam
    • 2023 Miami Artworks US
  • 2023 Aperti Lausanne 
  • 2023 New York Art weeks, New York (collective exhibition)
  • 2023 Finity Gallery, Berlin (collective exhibition)
  • 2023 ArtBasel, Basel (collective exhibition)
  • 2023 Nicoleta Gallery Berlin (collective exhibition)
  • 2023 Cipriarte Venice (collective exhibition)
  • 2023 Zürich 5.0, Central Hall rail station Zurich (collective exhibition)
Art & Scientific Research

Prof. Bogdan Draganski
(Neuroscience Laboratory – University Hospital Lausanne – CHUV)
Sigita Cinciute,(Dept-Biosciences. University Vilnius)
Institut Max Planck, (dept: Neurosciences and Mathematic, Leipzig)

Worked as an assistant with the artists in their studios

Friederich Kuhn † Zürich
Franz Jensen | Assen, The Netherlands
Ernest Pizzotti † Lausanne

Realization of scenography

1960 > 1961 Théâtre Municipal, Lausanne
Louis IV by Durrenmath, assistant by Mr.Jean Monod
Andorra by Max Frisch, assistant by Mr.Thoos
Die Mutter by Brecht, assistant by Mr. Thoos
Atheneo de Caracas
1983 La Torta que Camina by Youri Messen-Jaschin
1984 Embryo, by Youri Messen-Jaschin

Theater . Scenario, concept and director Venezuela

1982 “Psicotrõnico”, music Grippo Caracas, Mendoza Foundation, Caracas
1983 “Ah! Ah! Baroque “, music La Camerata, Interalumina Foundation, Ciudad Guyana, Venezuela)
1984 “La Torta que Camina” choreography La Otra Tropa, piano E.Pavan, Atheneo de Caracas, sala de concierto, Caracas
1984 “Embryo” choreography La Otra Tropa, music by Gerry Weill (R.Reyey saxophone,
F.Rengifo percussion, Ateneo de Caracas, Ana Rojas sala, Caracas


1987 Who’s & Who (International art (1987 – 1988)
1989 Who’s & Who (International art (1989 – 1990)
1990 Who’s & Who (International art (1980 – 1992)
from 1981 Institut Suisse pour l’étude de l’art
1990 – 2000 « Quid « Editor Robert Laffont, Paris
2000 – 2020 Wikipedia





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