Tobias Spichtig

The blue, the red, the green, the cuboid and the pyramid, 2012. Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Karlsruhe. Photo: Gunnar Meier

The artist Tobias Spichtig has reached the second round of this year’s Swiss art competition. Spichtig, who studied at the Zurich University of the Arts and at The Mountain School of Arts in Los Angeles, works as an artist, curator, publicist and lecturer. His work has been presented in several solo and group exhibitions. Among others, the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam, the Michael Thibault Gallery in Los Angeles, the Kunsthalle Wien, the Kunsthalle Zürich and the Galerie Eleven Rivington in New York.
In 2012, he appeared as editor of the publication Blue, Red, and Green, followed by MIND THE GAP in 2013 and Starship Magazine in 2015. In 2016 and 2017, his lecture Probably Thinking led him to the renowned universities of Columbia University, Harvard Graduate School of Architecture and Yale University.
In our interview, he explains who owns the art.

The mattresses, 2016, Tobias Spichtig, Jan Kaps, Köln

SAA: What fosters art?

TS: Life.

SAA: Who is supporting you and how?

TS: Good art.

SAA: Does financial support expand creativity?

TS: Financial support is necessary to make things happen and further to be responsible for what one does.

SAA: Must art be sellable?

TS: Depends on the art.

SAA: Should art belong to the private or public and why?

TS: Art is a gift from out of nowhere and belongs to whoever celebrates it.