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Gérald Ducimetière

Gérald Ducimetière (born Geneva, 1940) was a French/Swiss sculptor, painter, photographer and multimedia artist. After graduating from the Ecole des Art Decoratifs and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Switzerland in 1961, he was awarded several prestigious scholarships and had his first museum exhibition in 1965 at the Museé Rath, Geneva. He had numerous international exhibitions over the following five decades, initially under his original name of Ducimetière. In 1994, he changed his name to John Aldus, took French citizenship and moved to London, where he lived and worked until his death in January 2022.

Ducimetière had also worked as an architectural draughtsman, graphic designer, and theatre and film stage designer, and occasionally as a visiting professor. He stated that he was "engaged in examining the role of art and its mechanisms in contemporary society". This questioning of the role of art in the community is reflected in the installations he created for public spaces in Switzerland and elsewhere in Europe, where his intention was "to re-inject the idea of art in the collectivity".



Ground / Rain / Air - Details

Ground / Rain / Air Pluie 'Identification am Sol ii' (air) 1972
32.75 x 23.5 ins
Vintage photographs in original mount (detail).

Ground / Rain / Rain - Details

Ground / Rain / Rain Pluie 'Identification am Sol i' (eau) 1972
32.75 x 23.5 ins
Vintage photographs in original mount (detail).

Lumière / Lumières - Details

Lumière / Lumières 1972
21.75 x 17.75 ins
Vintage black and white photographs with 2 postcards with additions in original mount