Bastien Gachet

On Not Coming Back, coffee maker, hot plate, pipe, coffee, water (2016). A coffee maker stands on a hot plate, a pipe connects it to the main waters, unstoppingly making coffee, boiling, steaming, overflowing, blemishing.


Novembre (2017). Keep on dancing Denis – Resine cast radiator, pipes, mechanism. Organized leak – Sink and tap, stainless steel pipes, gutter. Wet dog – Bronze cast, window. Outside it rains; the gutter leaks in the tap, filling up the sink, dripping on the carpet. Meanwhile, the radiator waves, and a dog looks through a wet window.


Keep On Dancing Francis, Elisabeth, Daniel (2017). Keep on dancing Francis – Silicone socket, wire, mechanism. Keep on dancing Elisabeth – Boiler, stainless steel pipes, mechanism. Keep on dancing Daniel – Cast iron radiator, stainless steel pipes, mechanism. A sanitary installation; the boiler swings, the socket balances, while the radiator waves.


Two Chests, brass, steel, fire (2016). Two small manufactured wood stoves are tanning in the sun. Their evacuation pipes join, and a fire burns in their hearts. They heat up.


Rocket, wood, fireworks, window, mechanism (2014). A platform with a stool and four switches stands under an open window. A performer plugs four batteries to the platform, lighting four light bulbs. He sits on the stool and triggers the four switches. Fireworks ignite under the platform and the latter elevates slowly. When it reaches the ceiling, the performer escapes through the window.


Bastien Gachet /
Born in 1987 in Geneva


2013–14 Honours Programme Art and Research, Amsterdam (NL)
2012–15 Bachelor Cum Laude in Fine Arts, Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam (NL)
2002–06 Certificat fédéral de capacité (Design), École des arts décoratifs, Geneva (CH)

Awards and Distinctions

2017 Bourse d’aide à la création, Ville de Genève (CH)
2017 Shortlisted Kiefer Hablitzel Stiftung, Swiss art awards (CH)
2016 Shortlisted Bourses BLCG, Ville de Genève (CH)
2015 Fine Arts Prize, Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam (NL)
2015 Ateliers de la Ville, Ville de Genève (CH)
2012 Bourse Act-art, Fédération Act-art (CH)
2011 Bourse d’aide à la création, Ville de Genève (CH)
2010 Bourse pour l’illustration du livre, Ville de Genève (CH)

Public Collections

2016 Two Chests, Fonds Municipal d’Art Contemporain de la Ville de Genève (FMAC)
2015 Stove, Fonds Municipal d’Art Contemporain de la Ville de Genève (FMAC)
2012 Du Quatorze Au Treize Novembre, Fonds Municipal d’Art Contemporain de la Ville de Genève (FMAC)


2016 M4gastatelier, Tetterode, Amsterdam (NL)
2012 Artiste invité, Atelier Genevois de Gravure (CH)

Solo Exhibitions

2017 Novembre, Zabriskie Point, Geneva (CH)
2016 13 Switches, M4gastatelier, Amsterdam (NL)
2013 JulienFumetto, Lucerne (CH)
2012 Du Quatorze Au Treize NovembreHalle Nord, Genève (CH)

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017 Chauffage, Capsule 1, Halle nord, Geneva (CH)
2017 Catch of the year, Dienstgebaeude, Zürich (CH)
2017 Kiefer Hablitzel, Swiss art awards, Basel (CH)
2016 Bourses de la Ville de Genève, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Genève (NL)
2016 Botu, Showroom Mama, Rotterdam (NL)
2016 Good ways, M4gastatelier, Amsterdam (NL)
2016 Jeune Création, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris (FR)
2016 On Not Coming Back, C&H gallery, Amsterdam (NL)
2016 Stove, Art-Genève, avec le FMAC, Genève (CH)
2015 Terra Incognita, Le Commun, Genève (CH)
2015 Ernstig Geschikt, Circa Dit, Arnhem (NL)
2015 Stove, Metro Arts, Brisbane (AUS)
2015 Stove, Halle Nord, Capsule 2, Genève (CH)
2015 Tout Ce Qui Se Fait Sous Le Soleil, Lieu Unique, Nantes (FR)
2014 Moon Voyage 36, The Fridge, Sofia (BG)
2014 Nothing To Hide Nothing To See, Punt WG, Amsterdam (NL)
2014 Utopie Picturale, Villa Dutoit, Genève (CH)

Selected Performances

2015 Building 123 (2/3), Underbelly, Sydney (AUS), with Gregory Stauffer
2014 Mattress, Perdu, Amsterdam (NL)
2014 Song for a fountain, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (SMBA), Amsterdam (NL)
2014 123456, Punt WG, Amsterdam (NL), with Melissa Tun Tun
2013 16:34, MAMCO, Geneva (CH)
2013 L’hôtel de ville (2/3), Centre d’art contemporain, 13 Yverdon (CH), with Gregory Stauffer
2013 La léproserie (2/3), Far°, Nyon (CH), with Gregory Stauffer
2013 Actions for an Attic, Zolder Museum, Amsterdam (NL), with Mélissa Tun Tun and Jay Delves
2013 Présentation (2/3), Swiss Danse Days, Basel (CH), with Gregory Stauffer
2012 The Red Factory (2/3), Les Urbaines, La Datcha, Lausanne (CH), with Gregory Stauffer
2011 Caravelle (2/3), Théâtre de l’Usine, Geneva (CH), with Gregory Stauffer

Selected Publications

2016 Widgets, 13 Switches
2015 The work of art as a plant, Rietveld Academy
2013 Julien 2, Editions Fumetto
2012 Du quatorze au treize novembre, Hécatombe
2012 Infinitésimalement, Hécatombe
2012 Les chats-loups jaloux, Hécatombe
2011 Les corps nus cornus, Hécatombe