A Selection of Installations 2009–2021

Visual and acoustic spaces with fascinating power and poetry



Edited by Zimoun

1st edition

, 2022

Text English


320 pages, 47 coolor and 18 b/w illustrations

27 x 18 cm

ISBN 978-3-03942-065-0


Swiss artist Zimoun enjoys significant international renown for an oeuvre that he has been creating over a period of some twenty years. Zimoun uses kinetic principles of rotation and oscillation to set things in motion and generate sounds. He uses mundane, unspectacular materials and conventional industrial products. For his works, he develops small, minimalist apparatus that generate tonal and visual complexity when activated, despite their fundamental simplicity. These mechanical contraptions are often used hundreds of times in the installations, creating visual and acoustic spaces with fascinating power and poetry.

This book presents sixty-five of these location-specific installations that Zimoun realized between 2009 and 2021 in various art galleries and museums around the world. The full-page images are supplemented with brief texts by international authors, who outline a variety of perspectives on Zimoun’s work. Two concise essays consider and position his oeuvre in the wider international and art historical context. QR codes provided with all the images extend the book by enabling the direct playback of video documentations available online on smartphones or tablets, thus offering the reader the additional dimension of sound and movement—the essential elements of Zimoun’s art.

With contributions by Alessandra Burotto Tarky, Alexander Scholz, Andy Graydon, Christiane Paul, Cristina Sonderegger, Eliza Lips, Guido Comis, Karine Tissot, Laura Blereau, Nathalie Herschdorfer, Matthew McLendon, Maya Allison, Mo H. Zareei, NODE10, Mónica Bate, Nina Terry, Tim Beck, and Ulf Kallscheidt.


Zimoun lives and works in Bern, Switzerland, where he designs and realizes his works with a team of collaborators. His works have been displayed in group and solo exhibitions in many museums around the world, such as the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, Le Centquatre in Paris, Beijing’s National Art Museum, Seoul Museum of Art, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Museum of Image and Sound in São Paulo, Kunstmuseum Bern, MASI at LAC Lugano, or the Museum Haus Konstruktiv in Zurich.

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Warehouse Jaeger-LeCoultre Geneva, Switzerland, 2020. 1944 prepared dc-motors, MDF panels 72×72 cm, metal discs ∅ 8 cm © Zimoun

Museum of Contemporary Art MAC, Santiago, Chile, 2019. 51 prepared dc-motors, 241 m rope, cardboard sticks 25 cm © Zimoun

Museum of Contemporary Art MAC, Santiago de Chile, 2019. 297 prepared dc-motors, 1247 m rope, wooden sticks 19 cm, cardboard boxes 10×10×10 cm © Zimoun

Le Centquatre-Paris, France, 2017. 600 prepared dc-motors, 58 kg wood © Zimoun

Musée des Beaux-Arts MBAL, Le Locle, Switzerland, 2016. 300 prepared dc-motors, 27 kg wood © Zimoun

National Museum of Contemporary Art MNAC, Bucharest, Romania, 2011. 200 prepared dc-motors, 2000 cardboard elements 70×70 cm. In collaboration with Hannes Zweifel © Zimoun

Meatfactory, Prague, Czech Republic, 2013. 60 medical infusion sets, water, fire, metal sheets 20×20×4 cm © Zimoun

Museum of Fine Arts Taipei, Taiwan, 2016. 117 prepared dc-motors, 210 kg wood, 170 m rope © Zimoun

Le Centquatre-Paris, France, 2016. 317 prepared dc-motors, paper bags, shipping container © Zimoun

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