Nicolas Party – Rovine

Nicolas Party – Rovine

The first survey of New York-based Swiss artist Nicolas Party’s work



Title Information

Edited by Francesca Bernasconi. With contributions by Tobia Bezzola, Nicolas Party, Michele Robecchi und Francesca Bernasconi

1st edition

, 2021

Text in English, German, and Italian


184 pages, 109 color illustrations

23 x 28 cm

ISBN 978-3-03942-035-3

In collaboration with MASI Museo d’arte della Svizzera italiana, Lugano


This book offers the first-ever survey of Swiss artist Nicolas Party’s entire body of work. Born in 1980 in Lausanne, Party now lives and works in New York and has established himself as one of the most important figures of international contemporary art.

Nicolas Party—Rovine (Italian for ruins) features pastels and sculptures that Party has created since 2013. The book focuses on the core genres of painting: still life, landscape, and portrait. Party’s works stand out in these genres due to his use of wild, anti-naturalistic colors, as well as through his extremely precise rendering of the subjects. The artist explains his fascination for each of these genres in accompanying texts. The book also shows a large-format wall painting and a sculpture created especially for Party’s major solo exhibition at MASI Lugano in the summer 2021. Contributions by the art critic and curator Michele Robecchi and by MASI Lugano’s director Tobia Bezzola supplement this beautiful volume.


Nicolas Party, born 1980 in Lausanne, Switzerland, lives and works in New York. His most recent solo exhibitions were at the FLAG Art Foundation (New York, 2020), M Woods (Beijing, 2018/19), and the Magritte Museum (Brussels, 2018).


Tobia Bezzola is an art historian and director of MASI Museo d’arte della Svizzera italiana in Lugano since 2018. Prior that, he was director of Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany, 2013–17.


Michele Robecchi lives and works in London as a writer and curator. He is the editor of the Contemporary Artists Series published by Phaidon.

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