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BILL, MAX


* 22.12.1908 Winterthur, † 9.12.1994 Berlin

Max Bill first trained as a silversmith from 1924 at the School of Applied Arts in Zurich, before studying architecture at the Bauhaus in Dessau for two years from 1927.At that time Josef Albers, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, László Moholy-Nagy and Oskar Schlemmer were teaching at the Bauhaus — and these were formative and groundbreaking times for the young Max Bill. In 1929 Bill returned to Switzerland and settled in Zurich. He first worked as an architect and then became increasingly involved in painting, scupture and product design. Inspired by the thinking of the artist Theo van Doesburg, Bill formulated the principles of Concrete Art by applying mathematics and geometry in his work.

At the age of 25, he was accepted into the Paris artists' group "Abstraction Création". His membership enabled him to exhibit alongside icons such as Piet Mondrian, Jean Arp and Georges Vantongerloo. From the 1930s onwards, this artist from Winterthur became one of the most important spokesmen for the Zurich Concrete movement. In 1936, with his famous text "Concrete Design", he provided design practice with a theoretical foundation that was of the greatest importance for the development not only of Swiss post-war art, but especially the Zurich School of Concrete Art with Camille Graeser, Verena Loewensberg and Richard Paul Lohse, among others.From 1944 to 1945 Max Bill was appointed to teach form at the Zurich School of Applied Arts. In the same year, the journal Abstrakt Konkret was launched; Bill wrote monographs, catalogues and articles which were based on his Abstract Constructivist writings.

His largest building project followed in 1950, which was for the School of Design in Ulm, where he was also Rector and Head of the Department of Architecture and Product Design for five years from 1951. After planning and contributing to numerous exhibitions, Max Bill taught as Professor of Environmental Design at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg from 1967 to 1974. Bill was also a member of numerous artists' and architects' associations and an honorary member of various academies. In 1994 he received an honorary doctorate from the ETH Zurich. Max Bill died in Berlin in 1994.


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Lot 3412 - A201 PostWar & Contemporary - Thursday 30 June 2022, 05.00 PM

MAX BILL

(Winterthur 1908–1994 Berlin)
komplementarität und verdichtung. 1966/71.
Oil on canvas.
Signed and dated on the reverse: bill 1966-71, as well as signed, dated, titled, with measurements and directional arrow on the stretcher: max bill komplementarität und verdichtung 1966-71 Diagonal 57 cm oben haut top.
57 × 57 cm.

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Lot 3702 - A193 PostWar & Contemporary - Saturday 04 July 2020, 02.00 PM

MAX BILL

(Winterthur 1908–1994 Berlin)
Doppelfläche als Sechseck. 1968.
Brass, gold-plated.
With the incised signature and the date: bill 1968.
76 × 24 × 25 cm.

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Lot 3109 - Z20 Swiss Art - Friday 23 June 2006, 03.30 PM

MAX BILL

(Winterthur 1908–1994 Berlin)
Kühles Rot-Zentrum. 1959-69.
Öl auf Leinwand.
Verso signiert: Max Bill.
Über Eck stehend 33 x 33 cm.

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Lot 3137* - Z19 Impressionist & Modern Art - Wednesday 07 December 2005, 03.30 PM

MAX BILL

(Winterthur 1908–1994 Berlin)
Strahlung aus Grün. 1972/73.
Öl auf Leinwand.
Verso signiert und datiert: Bill 1972-73. Dazu auf dem Keilrahmen signiert: Max Bill.
40 x 40 cm unter Acrylkassette.

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Lot 3100 - Z23 Swiss Art - Friday 07 December 2007, 03.30 PM

MAX BILL

(Winterthur 1908–1994 Berlin)
Grüner Kern. 1959-71.
Öl auf Leinwand.
Verso auf Leinwand signiert und datiert: bill 1959-71. Verso auf Keilrahmen mehrmals signiert und betitelt: max bill. grüner kern.
46,5 x 46,5 cm.

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Lot 3410 - Z34 PostWar & Contemporary - Saturday 22 June 2013, 04.00 PM

MAX BILL

(Winterthur 1908–1994 Berlin)
Feste Hälfte einer Kugel. 1972.
Schwarzer Granit.
20,5 x 27 x 29,7 cm.

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Lot 3101* - Z21 Swiss Art - Friday 08 December 2006, 03.30 PM

MAX BILL

(Winterthur 1908–1994 Berlin)
Zerstrahlung von Blau. 1972 - 74.
Öl auf Leinwand, über Eck.
Verso auf der Leinwand und auf dem Keilrahmen signiert und datiert: Bill 1972 - 74.
40,2 x 40,2 cm.

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Lot 3690 - A181 Prints & Multiples - Saturday 01 July 2017, 04.00 PM

MAX BILL

(Winterthur 1908–1994 Berlin)
Quinze variations sur un même thème. 1935-1938.
Portfolio with 15 (colour) lithographs, the title, imprint and a text by Max Bill in German, English and French. 4/20. Signed and numbered with ink in the imprint: bill 4. Varying image size on thin Bristol cardboard 32 x 30.5 cm (partly double sheets). Published by Editions des chroniques du jour, Paris. Printed by Mourlot. In original cardboard folder. Complete.

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Lot 3111 - A203 Swiss Art - Friday 02 December 2022, 02.00 PM

MAX BILL

(Winterthur 1908–1994 Berlin)
Southern Village. 1927.
India ink and watercolour on paper.
Signed and dated lower right: Bill 27.
22 × 18.6 cm.

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Lot 3689 - A181 Prints & Multiples - Saturday 01 July 2017, 04.00 PM

MAX BILL

(Winterthur 1908–1994 Berlin)
10 original-lithos. 1941.
Portfolio with 10 colour lithographs and imprint. 2/100. Each signed and dated in pencil lower right: bill 41, also signed and numbered with blue coloured pen in the imprint: bill 2/100. Image 21 x 14.5 cm firmly laid down on thin cardboard 32 x 30.5 cm. Published by allianz-verlag, Zurich. Printed by Ryffel, Zurich. In original cardboard folder. Complete.

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Lot 3702* - Z36 Prints & Multiples - Saturday 28 June 2014, 01.30 PM

MAX BILL

(Winterthur 1908–1994 Berlin)
Doublement. 1969.
Messing, verchromt. 142/200. Auf einer der Streben mit der geritzten Signatur und dem Titel: MAX BILL "DOUBLEMENT". Masse 28 x 28 x 38 cm. Erschienen bei Editions Denise René.

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Lot 3416 - A203 PostWar & Contemporary - Thursday 01 December 2022, 02.00 PM

MAX BILL

(Winterthur 1908–1994 Berlin)
Pyramide in Form einer Achtelskugel. 1965.
Black Swedish granite. 6/12.
Height 21 cm.

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Lot 3669 - Z34 Prints & Multiples - Saturday 22 June 2013, 02.00 PM

MAX BILL

(Winterthur 1908–1994 Berlin)
10 original-lithos. 1941.
Portfolio mit 10 Farblithografien und dem Impressum. 7/100. Jeweils unten links signiert und datiert: bill 41, sowie im Impressum signiert und nummeriert: bill 4/100. Zusätzlich im Stein signiert und datiert. 21 x 14,8 cm aufgezogen auf dünnem Karton 32 x 30,5 cm. Erschienen im Allianz-Verlag, Zürich. Gedruckt bei Ryffel, Zürich. In Original-Mappe. Vollständig.

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Lot 3681 - A187 Prints & Multiples - Saturday 08 December 2018, 10.30 AM

MAX BILL

(Winterthur 1908–1994 Berlin)
Quinze variations sur un même thème. 1935 - 1938.
Book with 15 (colour-) lithographs, the title, imprint and a text by Max Bill in German, English and French. 79/220. On the first page with the dedication: Für Sonja und Kurt Straumann mit den besten Wünschen max bill 1971 zum X. Varying image on thin cardboard 32 x 30.5 cm (bound). Published by Editions des chroniques du jour, Paris. Printed by Mourlot. In folded original cover. Complete.

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Lot 3648 - A197 Prints & Multiples - Thursday 01 July 2021, 01.30 PM

MAX BILL

(Winterthur 1908–1994 Berlin)
16 constellations. 1974.
Portfolio with 16 colour lithographs, the facsimilied introduction with title and imprint. 37/125. Each signed in pencil lower right: bill. Signed in red biro in the imprint: max bill. Each image diameter 32.3 cm on wove paper by BFK Rives (some with the trimmed watermark) 50 × 35 cm. Published by Société internationale d'art XXe siècle, Paris. Printed by Fernand Mourlot, Paris. With original-cardboard cover. Complete.

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Lot 3668 - Z34 Prints & Multiples - Saturday 22 June 2013, 02.00 PM

MAX BILL

(Winterthur 1908–1994 Berlin)
7 twins. 1977.
Portfolio mit 7 Farbserigrafien sowie dem lithografierten Titelblatt, Text und Impressum. XXVI/XXX. Jeweils unten rechts signiert und datiert: bill 77, sowie im Impressum signiert und nummeriert: max bill XXVI/XXX. Darstellung je 19 x 19 cm (2 Quadrate pro Blatt) auf Vélin 42 x 59,5 cm. Erschienen bei Éditions média neuchâtel. Gedruckt bei Marc Hostattler, Neuchâtel. In Original-leinenkaschierter Mappe. Vollständig.

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Lot 7012 - ibid121 Prints & Multiples – online only - Wednesday 07 July 2021, 03.00 PM

MAX BILL

(Winterthur 1908–1994 Berlin)
3 sheets. Untitled. 1983.
Lot of 3 colour silkscreens. 80/150. Signed and dated lower right in pencil: bill 83. Different image sizes on wove paper 70 × 70 cm.

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Lot 3208 - Z18 Prints & Multiples - Saturday 25 June 2005, 02.00 PM

MAX BILL

(Winterthur 1908–1994 Berlin)
Schnitt aus Viertelkugel. 1968.
Holz-Multiple 30/35. An der Unterseite mit Kugelschreiber signiert: Bill. Kugeldurchmesser 40 cm, Höhe 20 cm. Minim unfrisch. Edition Bischofberger, Zürich.

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Lot 3138 - Z30 Swiss Art - Friday 24 June 2011, 02.00 PM

MAX BILL

(Winterthur 1908–1994 Berlin)
Konstruktion mit 8 Rhythmen in fürnf Bewegungen. 1944-45.
Buntstiftzeichnung auf Transparentpapier.
26 x 19,9 cm.

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Lot 3577* - Z30 Prints & Multiples - Friday 24 June 2011, 10.00 AM

MAX BILL

(Winterthur 1908–1994 Berlin)
16 constellations. 1974.
Portfolio mit 16 Farblithographien sowie einem faksimilierten Einführungstext mit Titel und Impressum. Im Impressum signiert und nummeriert: max bill 443/125. Des weiteren ist jedes Blatt unten rechts signiert: bill, sowie unten links nummeriert. Blattmasse jeweils 50,5 x 36 cm. Auf BFK Rives (teils mit Wasserzeichen). Im Original-Kartonumschlag und -schuber. Erschienen bei der Société internationale d'art XXe siècle, Paris.

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Lot 3716 - Z38 Prints & Multiples - Saturday 27 June 2015, 03.00 PM

MAX BILL

(Winterthur 1908–1994 Berlin)
7 twins. 1977.
Portfolio mit 7 Farbserigrafien. E.a., Künstlerexemplare ausserhalb der Auflage von 30. Jeweils unten rechts signiert und datiert: bill 77. Darstellung je 19,2 x 19,2 cm (2 Quadrate pro Blatt) auf Vélin 42 x 59,5 cm. Erschienen bei Éditions média neuchâtel. Gedruckt bei Marc Hostattler, Neuchâtel. Ohne Mappe. *** Käufe D ***

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Lot 3614 - Z27 Prints & Multiples - Friday 04 December 2009, 10.00 AM

MAX BILL

(Winterthur 1908–1994 Berlin)
Komposition. 1983.
Serigraphie 15/30. Unten rechts signiert und datiert: Bill 83. Darstellung auf Vélin 95 x 95 cm.

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Lot 7015 - ibid117 Prints & Multiples – online only - Thursday 10 December 2020, 04.00 PM

MAX BILL

(Winterthur 1908–1994 Berlin)
16 Konstellationen. 1974.
Portfolio with 16 colour lithographs. 5/125. Signed lower right in pencil: bill, also individually numbered centre bottom in the print in Roman numerals. Diameter 32.5 cm on wove paper 50 × 35 cm.

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Lot 3715 - Z38 Prints & Multiples - Saturday 27 June 2015, 03.00 PM

MAX BILL

(Winterthur 1908–1994 Berlin)
8 (2 4/4) = 8. 1974.
Portfolio mit 8 Farbserigrafien. E.a., Künstlerexemplare ausserhalb der Auflage von 50. Jeweils unten rechts signiert und datiert: bill 74. Darstellung je 10 x 60 cm (2 Rechtecke pro Blatt) auf Vélin 70 x 70 cm. Erschienen bei Éditions média neuchâtel. Ohne Mappe. *** Käufe E ***

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Lot 3661 - A191 Prints & Multiples - Saturday 07 December 2019, 10.00 AM

MAX BILL

(Winterthur 1908–1994 Berlin)
11 4x4. 1970.
Portfolio with 11 colour screenprintS, title and explanation text. 73/100. Signed in pencil lower right: bill, also numbered lower left: I-XI. Image 41.5 x 41.4 on cardboard 65 x 55 cm. Published by Bischofberger, Zurich. Complete, but without portfolio.

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