Beat Streuli

In his large-format color photo, Beat Streuli gives eternal life to the fleeting nature of everyday life. The people he photographs with a telephoto lens in the metropolises of the world seem as though they have been liberated from the stream of passers-by and take on a monumental presence. However, the openness and intimacy that radiates from someone who isn't aware they are being watched is evident from these images. The urban space, which, in its public nature, legitimizes the view of the private, becomes the stage of these anonymous passers-by. 

Beat Streuli's pictures know the strategies that are required to make people look glamorous, yet they only make use of them as a way of framing what, in its profane beauty on the streets, is revealed to our sight unfiltered.

The protagonists that have liberated from the dynamics of the big city also signalize accessibility and the public – a signal that continues into the interior. Lightly and transparently mounted on glass walls, Streuli's large, wide-format images don't obstruct one's view, but, as a horizon, point to a cosmopolitan world outside in which those people live their everyday life, and which the boardrooms ultimately plan for. 

Beat Streuli

born in Altdorf, Switzerland, in 1957
lives in Zurich

  • 1990 Helmhaus Zürich 
  • 1992 Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris; Galerie Conrads, Düsseldorf 
  • 1995 Kunstverein Elsterpark, Leipzig
  • 1996 Janice Guy Gallery, New York
  • 1998 Museu d´Art Contempori, Barcelona
  • 1999 Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
  • 2000 Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt
  • 2001 Palais de Tokyo, Paris
  • 2002 Le Centre Photographique d´ Île de France, Paris
  • 2004 CGAC, Santiago de Compostela
  • 2005 Yokohama Triennial, Yokohama
  • 2007 Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
  • 2007 Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig
  • 2007 Kunstmuseum Luzern; Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki
  • 2008 Mac's, Musée d'Art Contemporain, Grand-Hornu
  • 2009: Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Gemeinschaftsausstellung: Ich zweifellos
  • 2010 Galerie Erna Hecey, Brussels
  • 2010 Murray Guy, New York
  • 2010 Galerie Wilma Tolksdorf, Berlin
  • 2010 Dogenhaus, Leipzig
  • 2011 Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich
  • 2011 Galerie Conrads, Düsseldorf
  • 2012 Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea, Cinisello-Balsamo/Milan, cat.
  • 2012 Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, cat.
  • 2013 E.A.C.C., Castellón, cat.
  • 2013 Galerie Jochen Hempel, Berlin
  • 2013 Galerie Nosbaum & Reding, Luxemburg
  • 2014 Tableau, One Day, Zurich
  • 2014 Yumiko Chiba Associates, Tokyo
  • 2014 La Chambre, Strasbourg
  • 2014 Maison des Cultures, Brussels, cat.
  • 2015 Federkiel, KL Kids outdoor installation, Munich
  • 2015 Waldburger Wouters, Brussels
  • 2015 FRAC Haute-Normandie, Rouen (with James Coleman)
  • 2015 Arendt & Medernach, Luxembourg
  • 2016 Galerie Jochen Hempel, Berlin