Dieter Meier

Biography

Dieter Meier, born in 1945, began his artistic career as a performance artist and experimental film maker. Since 1969 his work has been shown at film festivals and art exhibitions, such as Kunstmuseum Luzern, 1970, documenta 5 in Kassel, 1972, Kunsthaus Zurich, 1976, Museum Tinguely Basel, 2007, and Collection Falckenberg/Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, 2011. 

In 1979 he co-founded the music group Yello with Boris Blank. Considered pioneers of electronic music, they are still internationally successful today. Dieter Meier has won various awards for his prolific output of music videos. 

 

He has published numerous literary works: in 2006 Hermes Baby, a collection of stories and essays by Ammann Verlag, in 2011 Out of Chaos–an autobiographical picture book by Edel Verlag, and the monograph Works 1968-2011 and the Yello Years by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne.


Biography

Born 1945 in Zurich, Switzerland.

Lives and works in California, USA, Argentina and Zurich, Switzerland.

Grants and Awards

2010

Swiss Music Award, Outstanding Achievement Award (together with Boris Blank)

1997

YELLO, Art prize of the City of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

1994

YELLO Jam Special, Winner of 37th New York Film & TV Festival (Prod. DoRo)

I love you & Goldrush, Collection of Kunsthaus Zürich

1990

The Race, World Music Award, Monte Carlo

1988

Startest X-Tra, 28th Golden Rose of Montreux, best independent TV production of the year

(Prod. Stein Film GmbH / Mani Hildebrand)

The Race, Diamond Award for best special effects, Brussels, Belgium

1986

Vicious Games, Nomination Music Clip Award, MIDEM 1986, Cannes, France

Desire, Music Clip Award, MIDEM 1986, Cannes, France

1985

Pinball Cha Cha, Music Video, The Industry and its Fringes, Collection Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

1984

Big in Japan, Best music video of the year, Skychannel

1983

I love you, Video Oscar, Mr. Fantasy, RAI Televisione, Milan, Italy

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2013

Dieter Meier. In Conversation, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland

2012

Dieter Meier, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany

Dieter Meier. Works 1968–2011 and the Yello Years, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany

2011

Dieter Meier. Works 1968–2011 and the Yello Years, Deichtorhallen / Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg, Germany

2010

Dieter Meier. En Passant 1969-2010, Grieder Contemporary Projects, Berlin, Germany

2009

Dieter Meier. Faces & Phrases, Jamileh Weber Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland

2008

Dieter Meier. Le Rien en Or, Manifestaions 30-42, Inner City Zurich, Switzerland / Hamburg, Germany

2007

Dieter Meier. El Monte Dorado, Museum Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland

2006

Dieter Meier. As time goes by, Kirsten Roschlaub Gallery, Hamburg, Germany

2005

Dieter Meier. Save 86%, Galerie Baviera, Zurich, Switzerland

Dieter Meier. As time goes by, Galerie Baviera, Zurich, Switzerland

2001

Dieter Meier, Galerie Wohnkultur 66, Hamburg, Germany

1999

Dieter Meier. In the Picture, Galerie Baviera, Zurich, Switzerland

1982

Dieter Meier. Der falsche Magier, Galerie Baviera, Zurich, Switzerland

1977

Dieter Meier. Werke 1974-1976, Kunsthaus Zurich, Switzerland

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018

Streetwise, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany

2016

Manifesta 11: The European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Zurich, Switzerland

2015

Selbstjustiz Durch Fehleinkäufe – Neuerwerbungen der Sammlung Falckenberg 2011-2014, Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg, Germany

2014

Schwein gehabt. Von der Sparbüchse zum Leben auf Kredit, Vögele Kulturzentrum, Pfäffikon, Switzerland

Le Mouvement – Performing the City: The City Performed, Kunsthaus CentrePasquArt, Biel, Switzerland

2013

Kunst fürs Kunsthaus – Editionen des Aargauischen Kunstvereins 1991-2013, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aargau, Switzerland

Performa 13, Performa, New York

A Sunday in the Mountains, SI Swiss Institute, New York City, New York

Grösser Als Zürich – Kunst In Aussersihl, Helmhaus Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland

2012

Festival Images, Ex-EPA, Vevey, Switzerland

Grösser Als Zürich – Kunst In Aussersihl, Helmhaus Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland

2011

Rollenbilder. Rollenspiele, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria

HALLELUHWAH! – Hommage à CAN, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany

2002

Public Affairs, Kunsthaus Zurich, Switzerland

1998

Freie Sicht aufs Mittelalter, Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland

1985

The Slow Shark, Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland

Music Videos: The Industry and Its Fringes, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

1980

22 Artistas Suiços, Galerie Nacional de Arte Moderna, Lisboa, Portugal

Ruinen, Kupferstichkabinett Berlin, Germany

7. Schweizer Plastikausstellung, Biel, Switzerland

1977

Artistes Zurichois, Musée Rath, Geneva, Switzerland

1972

documenta 5, Kassel, Germany

1971

The Swiss Avantgarde, New York Cultural Center, USA

1970

Visualisierte Denkprozesse, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Switzerland

Experimental Films and Performances

Short films and video tapes shown on several festivals since 1969 including:

2012

An Evening with Dieter Meier, Art Basel 43, Stadtkino, Basel, Switzerland

1979

Cinema sperimentale europeo, Geneva, Switzerland

1974

Experimenta 5 (Competition), Knokke, Belgium

1972

Program of the Olympic Games, Munich, Germany

1971

Tokio Film Festival, Tokyo, Japan

1970

Short Film Festival, Oberhausen, Germany

1969 – 1971

Conceptual pieces in the streets of New York, USA and Zurich, Switzerland

1969

23rd Festival d’Avignon, France

Aktionsraum 1, Munich, Germany

Quinzaine des réalisateurs, Cannes, France

Art Film Festival I.C.A., London, UK

Selected Films

2009

Lightmaker, new version, Filmfestival Zürich, Switzerland

2001

Lightmaker (with Zbigniew Zamachowski, Rod Steiger, Cornelia Grolimund, Dieter Meier, Johnny Melville; Switzerland/Poland.

Script and Direction. (Premiere at the Biennale Berlin 2001)

1981

Jetzt und Alles (Take it all), with Richy Müller and Jean-Pierre Kalfon; Germany 1981.

Script and Direction. (Film festivals Taormina 1982, Manila 1982)

Selected Music Videography

2003

YELLO, Planet Dada

1999

YELLO, Squeeze Please (Co-Director Jason Glenister)

1997

YELLO, To the Sea (Co-Director Paul Morgans)

1996

YELLO, Celsius / On Track / Pan Blue / Resistor

1995

YELLO, Suite 904 – Tremendous Pain

1994

YELLO, How How Do it TRIO, Da, da, da

1993

YELLO, Drive Driven

1992

YELLO, Jungle Bill

1991

YELLO, Who’s gone – Rubberbandman

1990

GIANNA NANNINI, Scandalo

1989

YELLO, Blazing Saddles – Of course I’m lying

1988

YELLO, Tied Up – The Race

1987

YELLO, The Rhythm Divine – Call it love – Oh Yeah

SOME SONG, Am I right

1986

YELLO, Goldrush

1985

YELLO, Desire – Vicious Games TRIO, Ready for you

1984

YELLO, Bostich

1983

YELLO, Lost Again – I Love You

1982

YELLO, Pinball Cha Cha

1981

YELLO The Evening’s young

Selected Discography (YELLO)

2010

YELLO by YELLO – The Singles Collection (with video-DVD) The Anthology (with video-DVD)

2009

Touch YELLO

2005

YELLO Remaster Series I-VI

2003

The Eye

1999

Motion Picture Eccentrix

1997

Pocket Universe

1995

Hands on YELLO

1994

Zebra

1992

Essential YELLO

1991

Baby

1988

Flag

1987

One Second

1986

The new mix in one go

1980 – 1985

YELLO

1985

Stella

1983

You gotta say yes to another excess

1981

Claro que si

1980

Solid Pleasure

Selected Bibliography

2013

Schuppli, Madeleine (Ed.): Dieter Meier. In Conversation,, exh. cat., Aargauer Kunsthaus Aarau, Verlag für moderne Kunst, Nuremberg, Germany

Dieter Meier: Conceptual Artist, Yello Music, Pioneer of MTV Videos. Selected Works 1969–2013. Essays by Harald Falckenberg and Glenn O’Brien, exh. cat., The Watermill Center, New York, Wanner Brothers Publishing, Zurich, Switzerland

2011

Dieter Meier. Werke 1968 – 2011 und YELLO Years, exh. cat., Verlag Walther König, Cologne, Germany

Dieter Meier. Out of Chaos. Ein Autobiografisches Bilderbuch, Edel Germany, Hamburg, Germany

2010

En Passant, Newspaper No 1 & 2, Stefan Zweifel, Marie Lusa, Grieder Contemporary, Berlin, Germany

2007

La conquête de l’inutile. Werke 1969-2007, Tinguely Museum Basel, Benteli Verlag, Zurich, Switzerland

2006

Hermes Baby, Essays, Ammann-Verlag, Zurich, Switzerland

1994

Blick in die Welt, NZZ Folio columns (Türler Medienpreis)

1983

Ursula Fürst & Dieter Meier: “Windjo”, Limmat-Verlag, Zurich, Switzerland

1979

Dieter Meier, Peter Baviera, Drei Daten, Galerie Baviera, Zurich, Switzerland

1977

Dieter Meier. Werke 1974-1976, Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland

1976

Dieter Meier. Werke 1969-1974, Edition H.R. Lutz, Zurich, Switzerland

1970

Amman, Jean-Christoph: Visualisierte Denkprozesse, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Luzern, Switzerland

Public Collections

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK

Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland

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