Work and Biography

Creation of the Gesamtkunstwerk (synthesis of the arts) Bruno Weber Park starting in 1962

As a child and teenager, Bruno Weber devoted himself to painting. Encouraged by the Swiss painter Max Gubler and at the request of his family, he first completed an apprenticeship as a graphic artist and lithographer and was then allowed to attend the School of Applied Arts in Zurich. His teachers were the Bauhaus artist Johannes Itten and the sculptor Ernst Gubler.

In 1962, while building his studio, he became a devoted autodidact concerning architecture, and discovered concrete as a material while developing an unexpected passion to design his working, and later living, environment on the edge of the forest.

Bruno’s walk-through, tangible artistic creation can be experienced as an interplay of sculptural architecture and nature, is considered the largest sculpture park creation by a single artist in Switzerland.

Biographical data, chronology of the park

1947 – 1949 School of Applied Arts in Zurich
1949 Trained as a lithographer and graphic artist at Orell Füssli in Zurich
1952 Study visit to Genoa
1952 Bruno Weber’s family acquires the land on which the sculpture park now stands
1962 Construction of the studio, until 1963
1965 Life and work (marriage) with Maria Anna Weber first employee as of 1967
1965 First extensions to the residence with column sculptures
1967 First extensions to the park
1972 Birth of twin daughters Rebecca and Mireille
1977 Foundation of the then so-called “Gesellschaft Weinrebenpark“ (“Society of the Vine Park”), today: “Freunde des Bruno Weber Skulpturen Parks“ (“Friends of the Bruno Weber Sculpture Park”).
1988 The authorities of the canton of Aargau grant a general building permit for the entire park.
1990 Establishment of the Bruno Weber Foundation, then known as the “Stiftung Weinrebenpark-Bruno Weber”
2003 The Spreitenbach municipal assembly grants building permission for artistic use.
2005 The canton of Aargau approves the building realignment permission for the “Weinrebenpark area”
2006 The ground-breaking ceremony for the Water Garden takes place with speeches by Christine Egerszegi, President of the National Council and Roland Brogli, Cantonal Councillor.
2006 Creation of the Bruno Weber Sculpture Trail on the initiative of the association of the same name, with eleven sculptures (some of them groups of sculptures) from Dietikon railway station to the studio.
2011 24th October Bruno Weber dies at the age of 80

Exhibitions

1958 Hotel Krone – “Scheune” today under cultural heritage protection, Dietikon, Ernst Kissling, Paul Raclé and Bruno Weber
1961 Gallery Holzapfel (Dr. Toggenburg owner), with Thomas Dubs, Zurich
1979 “Dragons”, group exhibition, Museum Bellerive, Zurich
1980 Swiss Sculpture Exhibition, Biel
1982 “Portrait of the People of Our Time”, D-Säckingen and Nuremberg
1982 Künstlerhaus, Olten group exhibition
1983 “Overview”, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau
1986 Courbet Museum, photographs by Vincent Knapp, F-Ornans
1986 Vancouver, National Photography Exposition, Marcel Schubert, photos Weinrebenpark
1988 Amtshaus Gallery, Baden
1988 “Head Houses, Sketches, Objects”, solo exhibition Galerie Hilt, Basel
1991 Kunsthaus Zurich, Harald Szeemann, “Visionary Switzerland”
1992 Expo 92, Swiss Pavilion, Seville
1992 Museo Reina Sofia Madrid, Harald Szeemann, “Visionary Switzerland”
1993 Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Harald Szeemann, “Visionary Switzerland”
1993 Until 2005 Permanent exhibition model Weinrebenpark Bruno Weber at the foot of Monte Verità, installed by Harald Szeemann, Ascona, TI
1994 Venice, “Fantastic Art”, Citadel Cultural Centre
1995 Latal Gallery, Zurich, solo exhibition
1995 Seedamm Center, Pfäffikon SZ, solo exhibition
1997 “Na-Tour 97”, sculpture trail, Hitzkirch, LU
1997 Cultural Centre Villa Rolandseck “Phantasts”, D-Rolandseck
1998 “Ariadne’s Thread”, Herrenhof, D-Mussbach
1999 “Down Town”, Stadelhofen Station, Zurich
2000 Sigristenkeller Cultural Centre, Bülach, Martin Schwarz, Bruno and Maria Anna Weber
2003 Museum of the Canton of Glarus, Tolder + Art, Näfels, Bruno and Maria Anna Weber
2003 Gallery Schoeneck “Outdoor”, Riehen/Basel, solo exhibition
2003 Freulerpalast Näfels, Tolder + Art, solo exhibition
2004 Art Atelier Aquatinta, Lenzburg, Bruno Weber and Maria Anna Weber
2004 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Michael Ende Park, Unicorn, permanent exhibition
2005 “Fantastic Worlds” Citadel Berlin, Spandau
2006 Exhibition of paintings under the patronage of the city of Dietikon, solo exhibition
2007 Art-Imaginär Herrenhof, D-Mussbach Group exhibition 2007 Art-Imaginär
2009 Art-Imaginär Herrenhof, D-Mussbach/Weinstadt 2nd group exhibition
2011 Singisforum Muri, Klostergarten Solo exhibition sculptures
2012 Commemorative exhibition Bruno Weber, Herrenhof, D-Mussbach
2013 “Bruno Weber and Max Gubler”, Bruno Weber Foundation, Bruno Weber Park

Publications / Books

1974 “Art and the Church”, Kunstverlag A-Linz, Text: Prof. Dr. Justus Dahinden
1980 “Fantastic Architecture”, Dumont Verlag D-Cologne, Text: Michael Schjut, Jost Elfers
1987 “Architecture”, Krämer Verlag, Stuttgart/Zurich, Text: Prof. Justus Dahinden
1992 “Visionäre Schweiz”, catalogue exhibition Kunsthaus Zürich, Sauerländer publishing house, Aarau, author: Harald Szeemann
1996 “Bruno Weber’s Fantastic World”, Weitbrecht Verlag, Stuttgart/Vienna/Bern, photos: Robert Elter and Maria Anna Weber, Roman Hocke and other authors
1999 “Fantasy Worlds”, Taschen-Verlag, Cologne, Vienna, Tokyo, photos: Deidi von Schaewen, foreword, John Maizels
2002 Bruno Weber – The Architect of His Dreams”, Benteli Verlag, Wabern/Bern, Text:Peter K. ” Wehrli, Photos: Robert Elter and Maria Anna Weber
1986 „”Bruno Weber, the power of imagination – a life’s work”, Hirmer Verlag Munich, photos: Hansruedi Bramaz, Foreword: Christine Egerszegi-Obrist, Member of the Council of States, Contributions: Franz Hohler Peter K. Wehrli, Dr Fritz Billeter, Franz Hohler, Roman Hocke, Dr Fritz Billeter, Dr Peter Conrad and Helene Arnet.

Publications / magazines and newspapers

1979 “Paradies am Rande“, Volker Schunk, Tagesanzeiger Magazin, Zürich
1981 “Lexikon der zeitgenössischen Schweizer Künstler“, Verlag Huber-Orell Füssli, Zürich
1982 “Sanfte Strukturen“, D-Ueberlingen, Autor: Marcel Kalberer, Architekt Universität Stuttgart-D
1984 “ART“, Nr. 7, Text: Dr. Volker Schunk, Photos: Michael von Graffenried
1988 “Schweizer Beobachter“, Nr. 18, Text: Ueli Zindl Photos Peter Stäheli
1990 “TURICUM“, Nr. 2, Zürich, Text: Herbert Stüssi, Photos: Michael von Graffenried, Robert Elter
1991 “Schweiz“, Nr. 3, Rorschach, Text: Isabelle Rucki, Photos: Peter and Walter Studer
1992 “TURICUM“, Nr. 1, Zürich, Text: Dr. A. Orlando, Photos: Robert Elter
1994 “Häuser“, D-Hamburg, Text: Gabrielle Talmein, Photos: Paul Talmein
1995 “Passagen“, Nr. 4, Kulturzeitschrift, Pro Helvetia, Text: Harald Szeemann Photos: Niklaus Spoerri
1998 “Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera/Switzerland – Reisen, Kultur und Natur“ (2/Na98), Text: Lukas Straumann
1999 ArtProfil (3/1999) “Der Weinreben Park, Gesamtkunstwerk des Schweizer Künstlers Bruno Weber»
2003 “The Best Interiors“ No 15, Angelika Taschen, Warner World Media LLC, New York, USA
2006 NZZ and Tages Anzeiger contribution to the solo exhibition of paintings under the patronage of the city of Dietikon
2009 Tessiner Zeitung / Modell des Skulpturenparks / Museum in Mendrisio honours Harald Szeemann
2011 Tagesanzeiger Zurich, “Der sanfte Rebell”, Text: Helen Arnet, contribution NZZ and many others on the passing of Bruno Weber

Television contributions

1976 Ludy Kessler, Tessiner Fernsehen; P.K. Wehrli:“Bruno Weber – Träume aus Stein“
1976 Peter K. Wehrli, “Träume in Stein“, Fernsehen DRS, Zürich
1980 Peter Weck, “Schweiz unerwartet“, D-Mainz ZDF
1980 Claude Delieutraz, “Bruno Webers Reich“, Fernsehen SSR, Genève
1980 Marcel Boucard, “Land der Imagination“ DVD
1981 Toni Vescoli, “Szenenwechsel“, Fernsehen DRS, Zürich
1982 Prof. Dr. Peter Dencker, Bruno Weber, D- Mainz ZDF
1982 Abe Milrad: “Believe it or not“, Columbia, USA
1984 E. Schurich, Eppes, D-Mainz SWF
1984 Heidi Abel, Karambuli, Hauptbeitrag Weinrebenpark, Live-Übertragung DRS, Zürich
1985 P. Diegmann „Gärten Europas“, D-Köln WDR
1985 Marcel Boucard, Kunstmagazin, Ö1, Wien
1988 P. Diegmann, Die Geschichte der phantastischen Kunst, SWF (D)
1990 „Bruno Weber“, 60 min. Live-Interview mit Verena Höhne D-Köln 3 SAT
1992 Marcel Boucard, Bruno Weber – Land der Imagination DVD
1991 Gesichter der Schweiz, Kinofilm zur 700-Jahrfeier der Schweiz, mit Beiträgen von Jean Tinguely, Kanton Bern, Mario Botta, Tessin, Bruno Weber, Kanton Aargau
1998 “Der Faden der Ariadne“, Film Dokumentation zur Ausstellung; SW3
2003 Schweiz Aktuell, Dokumentation zum Bruno Weber Park, SRF
1998 “Faden der Ariadne”, Beitrag des Kulturredaktoren Herrn Bär, D- SRF
2006 Kulturplatz, “75 Jahre Bruno Weber“, R. Unterfinger, SRF
2008 Aeschbacher, “Bruno Weber“, SRF
2010 NZZ sf tv format
2012 Schweiz Aktuell, “Traumwelt“, Rolf Holzapfel SRF

Ding Dong zeig mir Dein Zuhause




Bruno Weber wäre heute 90, SRF

The Gotthard Band creates a music video in Bruno Weber Park

Filming in the Bruno Weber Park

1980 Bruno Weber Park: Szenen im Film “Rendez-moi ma peau“, Patrik Schulmann, Paris (F)
1981 Bruno Weber Park: Szenen im Film “Sirenen Insel“, Isa Hesse-Rabinovitch, Zürich
1985 Bruno Weber Park: Szenen im Film “Ein Konzert für Alice“ Thomas Koerfer, CH
1991 Bruno Weber Park / Videoclip Rockband Gotthard

Awards and Contributions

1982 Contribution of the Federal Art Commission, Hans Hürlimann (Federal Councillor)
1997 Culture Prize Spreitenbach
2002 Contribution to the Canton of Aargau Board of Trustees
2006 Contribution Canton Aargau
2006 Contribution Canton Zurich
2006 Federal Office for Culture, Bern
2011 Culture Prize Dietikon

Commissioned works / Competitions

1967 Restaurant Tantris, Munich, concrete sculptures
1970 Melbourne project, 1.2 km long roofing of the “Yara Croci” railway station
1978 Competition design of a large hand sculpture to support the Leaning Tower of Pisa
1982 Snake bridge, Klingnau upper and lower school building
1984 Owl Man, TU Library, Karlsplatz Vienna
1985 Schulhaus Unterboden, Nussbaumen, artistic design of the assembly hall
1985 Witikon, Zürich, Haus zum Erker, 12 bull heads, Witikon ZH
1990 “Lichterbaum mit vier Kometen“, Kaderschule SBG, Zürich
1991 Platzgestaltung Uto Kulm, Uetliberg, UBS, Zürich
1995 “Kakadus“, Brunnenanlage Spreitenbach, community of Spreitenbach
1996 Painting for 12 concrete mixer trucks, Holderbank-Cement, Zurich, Holcim AG
1999 Stadelhofen railway station, Zurich “Down town” solo exhibition, Zurich
2000 2nd prize in the competition for the design of the church square, Dietikon
2000 “Hand chair”, Kunsthaus D – Rehau, permanent donation Prof. Eugen Gomringer
2000 “3 double owls on pillars”, traffic roundabout Widen, AG
2001 2nd prize “BankArt Zurich
2003 Large sculpture, PSI Paul Scherrer Institute, Würenlingen
2009 EKZ Dietikon, Art on Building: Sculptures ‘The Four Elements
2006 Bruno Weber path, eleven sculpture stations from the BHF Dietikon to the Bruno Weber studio
2006 Bruno Weber sculpture path from Spreitenbach five sculpture stations from the Langäcker leisure centre, Spreitenbach to the Bruno Weber studio