— Youri Messenjaschin – the
installations, sculptures, oil paintings
Native of Latvia. Born in Arosa in 1941, His father was from Latvia,
it is for that he obtained the Latvian nationality. During the
invasion of the USSR, he lose the nationality. It remained stateless
since he lost his nationality.
In Bern from 1970 to 1981, from 1982 till 1984 in Caracas and
in Lausanne since 1984. Youri Messenjaschin grew in Lausanne. The
artistic studies bring him to the Ecole Supérieure Nationale
des Beaux-arts (his professor is Master Cami) and at the Ecole
Pratique des Hautes Études de la Sorbonne (art history,
Professor Francastel) in Paris. From 1962 till 1965 he visits the
Ecole du Beaux Arts in Lausanne. He works the carving with the
painter Ernest Pizzotti. For the first time, he speaks about him
in Expo Lausanne in 1964 by his glass sculptures and in acrylic.
Youri Messen-Jaschin wants to form in several directions. So he
works two years in the "Centre de la gravure contemporaine" in
Geneva. Then, we meet him in Zurich, where he widens the pictorial
perspectives at the painter Friederich Kuhn the experience of the
circle in the face. From 1968 to 1970, he acts in the Högskolan
för design and Konsthantwerk University of Gotenburg, where
he realizes and examines of kinetic textiles objects . It is in
1967 that he meets during an exhibition Jesus Soto, Cruz-Diez and
Le Park. By speaking with these artists, he confides fascinated
by the optical art. He decides to dedicate quite the searches towards
the kinetic art. In 1968 Youri receives the first prize for the
contemporary Swiss graphic art. The same year, he is the beneficiary
of a scholarship of the Swedish State. In 1970, he realizes a Kinetic
sculpture for the Gould corporation in Freiburg Germany. It is
a steel sculpture and a copper of three tons and a half.
In 1985, Youri receives the world first prize of the culture " Premio
mondiale della cultura " from Centro studie ricerche delle
nazioni Calvatone Italie. He becomes also " Academician of
Europe " of Centro Studi e Ricerche of Europe's Academia in
Italy. Youri Messenjaschin is also in the "Who's Who", " Quid " and
in the dictionary of the Swiss artists. The sculptures are enriched
by the movement, placed in the environment (the movement of space),
and completed by music sounds concrete (movement starts sounds).
Its first searches with sounds and movement date the end of the
60s. Already in the 70s, Youri integrates into his optical art
the neon, which he continues even to use today in his sculptures,
his installation and the oil paintings.
The powerful surfaces with the monumental connected in the insertion
of the third dimension mark Youri's works.
He participates in numerous international exhibitions and he received
prices for the searches in the optical art, among others in Italy
and in the United States.
His work exposed all over the world in numerous individual or
collective exhibitions, is at the moment spread between private
collections and national and international museums. The use which
does Youri of the movement and the color as means of communication
arranges him among the kinetic architects of the space.
Youri Messenjaschin is without context an eminent representative
of the European culture.
— René Neuenschwander, art critic, Bern