A silence that speaks volumes
Group exhibition at Hiflow

“There are exaggerated, irrational attitudes, repetitive, ritualized movements, feminine, neutral postures, reactions of survival, distrust, acts of violence, love… From a very early age, we are shaped by gestural codes that define what is considered ‘appropriate’ or not. These codes are implicitly transmitted through education, the media and society, and evolve with the times and customs.

The exhibition seeks to establish a dialogue between past and present, deconstructing the multiple facets of gestures considered as non-verbal expressions, reflecting our interaction with the world.

Some works question our postures and attitudes, often considered “natural”, prompting us to reflect on the fact that they are a social construct that may not always be comprehensible to all. Other works explore the idea that, in the light of history, in a domestic or public setting our actions can be used as a lever of domination and control over others. Still others speak of the impact that certain behaviors can have on a person, whether consciously or unconsciously. “

Article by Irène Languin in the “Tribune de Genève”

On the occasion of this exhibition, the serie “plates” joined the Plan-les-Ouates art fund.

Exhibition organized by the commune of Plan-les-Ouates
Curator: Amir El May

Au travers
Exhibition at the Abel Lauvray centre, showing an artwork by Paul Hutzli and a collective artwork made in collaboration with the public of the centre.

“Au travers” shows the artworks produced during Paul Hutzli’s artistic residency. He chose to work on the past of the building of the Abel Lauvray center, which had been a convent for centuries. His proposal deals with the fools festivals and carnivalesque practices that were celebrated in religious settings in the medieval ages. The exhibition showcases the artist’s personal work, as well as productions made by the public taking part in workshops at the Abel Lauvray center.

They made papier-mâché or fabric casts from plaster busts, whose serious, solemn male faces were transformed, repainted and resculpted, making it possible to create female faces too. The exhibition includes two collective works: one consists of a projection of photographs of the masks produced during the workshops on one of the busts used for their production – allowing us to appreciate the variety of the many creations – and the other of an installation of eleven masks displayed at varying heights, allowing us to see through them, and thus create a dialogue.

Paul Hutzli’s personal work consists of a diptych of “stained glass” designed for the windows of the Abel Lauvray center’s studio. There’s no glass or lead in this work, which consists of two ink-on-canvas paintings made using the process used by the craftsmen who produce the lanterns for the Basel carnival. By appropriating this technique, Hutzli makes a link between religious stained glass and carnival, referring to the conflict that animated ecclesiastical circles in the Middle Ages – Rome was outraged by the fools’ festivals, which reminded them too much of pagan rituals – and which enables him to speak of the tension between institutional order and festive disorder, which is at the heart of carnival. The stained-glass window, which evokes the religious institution, is thus reproduced respecting its codes, but as a pastiche, with a wry smile.


Animation video at “Bourses de la ville” at center for contemporary art of Geneva

Flunked is an animated film using various stop-motion techniques, alternating scenes with puppets, people in costumes and painted animations. Formally, it is linked to my sculpture and painting practice, mixing materials such as papier-mâché, isomalt sugar, clay and found objects. These mediums allow me to compose the film like a painting, but in space and movement.

The film tells the story of a sorcerer’s apprentice’s rite of passage in a magical factory that produces clay humans for work. He takes the test to become a confirmed sorcerer, but fails spectacularly. Failing to meet his master’s standards, the latter considers him a failure and expels him from the factory. Based on my experience as a teacher, the story explores the subjects of norms and power relationships in educational settings.


Exhibition at the Ariana museum in collaboration with Association PACO
01.06.23 – 13.08.23

For the call for projects organized by PACO, an association that works with teenagers who need an alternative to school, I made a proposal to create a collective in-situ sculpture using plaster moulds from the museum’s collection.

We freely revisited stamping molds from the swiss ceramist Paul Bonifas (1893-1967), isolating and combining them to transform the formal molds into a into a unique and hybrid piece. The result was a papier-mâché column, that could be viewed as a metaphor for the idea of support, resonating with those in the museum, which are emblematic elements of its architecture.

Bourses BLCG 2021
Exhibition at the center for contemporary art of Geneva

It is a series of papier-mâché casts of school furniture, repainted in trompe-l’œil style. I chose these objects because I mostly encountered them in places that had the fonction of educating me : School, university, military service… And I found them again when I started teaching visual arts in middle schools in Geneva. It made me realise that school furniture is a disciplinary tool, because it regulates the relationship between body and space. In the classroom, the way chairs and tables are arranged says a lot about power structures: if they’re arranged in rows and separated from each other, it’s harder for students to talk, whereas if they’re arranged in a circle, they encourage communication.

I felt that a tension was present in the classroom as well as in the institutional setting in general, and the furniture bore its traces: the students reappropriated it, engraving it, drawing on it or putting stickers on it. Thus, the use of the casting technique refers to the way institutions try to mold us into what they want, but the way they are painted evoques the resistance individuals put up. In order to reflect on my own relationship with authority and the teacher role I had to assume, I took up these elements in a personal way, creating, for example, a chewing-gum portrait of Emmanuel Macron under one of the chairs.

Rap song written and sung by Paul Hutzli, music by Panic Ionesco

Candy Island
Solo show at Halle Nord, Geneva
16.04.21 — 15.05.21

«Candy Island» is an installation I made for Halle Nord, an art center in Geneva. It offered an immersive experience to the public by letting it discover its colored interior of stained glass windows made out of
sugar, backlit by neon lights in the manner of a light box. The shape of the construction and the landscape represented by the stained glass windows were inspired by the Rousseau Island, located near the Mont-Blanc bridge in Geneva. This island is an in-between space : a haven of peace with its trees and birds, but disturbed by the large luminous signs, stores and cars which circulate incessantly on the Mont-Blanc bridge. It is also an emblematic place in Geneva, which owes its existence to the fortification of the city’s lake entrance five centuries ago.

These elements were expressed through isomalt sugar, which resembles glass, and neon lights which imitate daylight (in the manner of shopping malls, they give the impression of natural light, whereas the space is a large luminous box). Together with the stained-glass windows depicting a preserved «nature» populated by birds, they created an atmosphere full of illusions, reminiscent of folk tales such as Hänsel and Gretel.

Interview with Radiovostok
Article by Irène Languin in the tribune de Genève

White Lite
Solo show at Aduplex
On an invitation by Rémi Dufay
08.02.18 – 02.03.18

This project emerged of the desire to create an installation in which to show my work. Inspired by the carnival in basel, I built a white cube made out of papier-mâché in the exhibition space. It was a rectangular space (height: 2 meter 20, width: 3 meter, length: 5 meter 30) maintained by a wooden sctructure which bore the white papier-mâché walls. Just like a theater set, the structure and the back
of the walls were visible on the outside. I paid attention to details, like the electrical outlet.

Since this space had its own lighting, I shut off that of the building. On the inside of the papier-mâché-space, the walls were white and opa que, while they revealed transparencies similar to the lanterns of the
carnival in Basel on the outside. The contrast between the inside and the outside created an immersive experience, which is one of the key caracteristics of the traditional white cube. The spectator was invited to see my artworks inside of the installation.


Artist based in Geneva.

Instagram: @paulhutzli

HEAD, Genève CH, Master Arts Visuels, 2017
Obtenu avec les félicitations du Jury, Master Thesis: «Carnavals», sous le tutorat de C. Kihm
ESAM, Caen FR, Diplôme national d’Arts plastiques (DNAP), 2015
Obtenu avec les félicitations du Jury

Expositions personnelles et concours
Clocheton 31, Intervention sur une invitation du collectif Wunderkammer, Lausanne CH, 2024
Au travers, Centre d’art Abel Lauvray, Mantes-la-jolie FR, 2024
Transformations, projet sélectionné par l’association PACO présenté au musée Ariana, Genève CH, 2023
Candy Island, Halle Nord, Genève CH, 2021
Capsule 1.65, Halle Nord, Genève CH, 2020
Glycérine et Capucine, Omur, Genève CH, 2020
White Lite, Aduplex, Genève CH, 2018
«Stell dir vor», Praxis Schulermann/Scholz, Dreieich DE, 2016

Sélection d’expositions collectives
Un silence qui en dit long, Hiflow, Genève CH, 2024
Bourses de la ville de Genève, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Genève CH, 2023
Night school, Fondation Dzielna, Varsovie PL, 2022
Acquisitions 2021, Fond Municipal d’art contemporain, Genève CH, 2022
Bourses de la ville de Genève, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Genève CH, 2021
Visions troublées, Galerie Sono, Paris FR, 2021
Cantonales de Berne Jura, MjAM Moutier, Moutier CH et Stadtgalerie Bern, 2020
Pourquoi les boîtes de pizza sont-elles carrées?, Duo avec Yvan Alvarez, Soul2soul Genève CH, 2020
Sans chemise, sans pantalon, Dans le cadre du «Musée sans bâtiment» de Yona Friedman (real. Nader Seraj), Sculpture Garden, Genève CH, 2020
Zweimal Frühwerk, Duo avec Gilbert Übersax, Galerie Mesmer, Bâle CH, 2019

Résidences et collections publiques
Collection de la commune de Plan-les-ouates: «Assiettes» – Sculptures, 2024
Résidence au centre Abel Lauvray, Mantes-la-jolie FR, 3 mois, 2024
Résidence au Musée Ariana, Genève CH – 1 mois, 2023
Collection du musée Ariana «Inconnus» – Sculpture, 2023
Résidence à la Cité des arts de Paris, Paris FR – 6 mois, Lauréat de la bourse Simon Patino, 2022
Résidence à Ujadowsky Castle – centre for contemporary art, Varsovie PL – 6 mois
Bourse Pro Helvetia, 2021
Collection du Fond Municipal d’Art Contemporain: «Chaise» – Sculpture, 2021

Bourse de recherche COVID, Service culturel de Genève, 2022
Bourse d’aide à la création, Département de la culture et de la transition numérique de Genève, 2021
Atelier à l’Usine, Mis à disposition par le FMAC Genève, 2019-2022

Pour une éducation décomplexée, Article paru dans Empiria Magazine, publication de la fondation Razem Pamoja, 2022
Pavillionesque magazine N.2, Dirigé par Paulina Olowska, Publié par la HEAD-Genève, 2018
Borgesiana/Bodmeriana – Un hommage multiple à Jorge Luis Borges, éditions Notari, à l’occasion de l’exposition «Talisman», 2018

Presse et radio
Quand l’art décode nos interactions avec le monde, Article d’Irène Languin sur l’exposition «Un silence qui en dit long», 2024
Candy Island, sur Backdrop Atlas, Plateforme rassemblant des références ayant inspiré des projets artistiques, dirigé par Carole Rigaut et Julien Amouroux, 2022
Un vitrail en sucre rève l’île Rousseau, Article d’Irène Languin dans la tribune de Genève, 2021
L’île en sucre de Paul Hutzli, Entretien sur Radiovostok, 2021
The residents, Publication du centre d’art Ujadowsky, 2021
Exploring the carnivalesque, entretien avec Klara Czerniewska-Andryszczyk, 2021

Assistanat d’Artistes
Assistant de Gina Fischli durant le montage de l’exposition «Kiosk Magic» Lausanne CH
2 semaines: transport des oeuvres, accrochage, montage des structures de menuiserie, 2023
Assistant de Paulina Olowska, Athènes GR – 2 mois, préparation des esquisses des peintures, 2022
Assistant d’Alexandre Joly durant le montage de l’expo sition «Vases communicants» Musée Ariana, Genève CH, 2 semaines: transport des oeuvres, accrochage, montage des structures de menuiserie, 2022
Assistant d’Axel Pahlavi, Berlin DE – 2 mois, Réalisation des fonds des peintures, 2016