Biography – A selection

  • 1927 born in Solothurn, Switzerland
    1949-1951 Studies in general science and architecture at the ETH, Zurich.1951 Travels in Scandinavia and France. Beginning of work as an artist in Paris
  • 1955 First iron sculpture
  • 1959 to 1964 Participation in the Salon des Réalités Nouvelles, Salon de Mai, Paris
  • 1969 One-man exhibitions at the Gimpel and Hannover Gallery, Zurich
  • 1977 Monograph on Oscar Wiggli, Baud, Edition Prisme, Paris
  • 1977 Journey to China
  • 1978 Construction of his own sound studio in Muriaux, Switzerland
  • 1980 Participation in the Biennale di Venezia
  • 1981 First electroacoustic compositions
  • From 1983 on Research on sound structures.
  • Musical compositions for his art exhibitions and recitals
  • 1982 Wiggli founds “ARGOL Records” Editions to publish his musical work and attends theory courses at the IRCAM, Paris
  • 1987 Composition of “Partition Forgée” and “Nuages sonores” in quadraphony
  • 1989 With his wife Janine, construction of the SYHAMO, an electronic music instrument the sounds of which are influenced by light, temperature and distance measurements
  • 1989 KERKADO, a quadraphonic musical composition
  • 1993 Founding of the Editions IROISE
  • 1994 Exhibition at the Museum Bochum (D), Sculptures and musical projects, which includes quadraphonic musical compositions
  • 1996 Galerie Beyeler, Basel Sammlung Dr. Koenig, Dietikon/ZH
  • 1998 GUAREC, a sound experiment in a cavern in North Germany
  • 2002 Janine Wiggli founds the “Fondation Oscar et Janine Wiggli”
  • 2005 One-man exhibition at the Kornfeld Gallery Berne, Sculptures, Drawings, Graphic Works, with SIO compositions
  • 2007 A general survey of his work is shown simultaneously at the Kunstmuseum and the Zentrum Paul Klee in Berne – including concert and cinematic projections.

The 300-page exhibition catalogue in German and French contains the CD SIO-KI-RA Lives and works in Montrouge near Paris and in Muriaux, Switzerland. Several broadcasts on Swiss Radio DRS2, featuring Kjell Keller on Wiggli as a composer, have been recorded on CD by ARGOL Records. Up to 2007, Oscar Wiggli’s work has been documented by 3 monographies, more than 45 catalogues of his personal exhibitions in museums and galleries and by the publications of Editions IROISE – his electro-acoustic compositions by 17 CDs and 5 DVDs, available at ARGOL Records.

The sculptor
The composer

Editions IROISE
ARGOL records