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Rudolf Häsler

Despite Rudolf Häsler's incomparable artistic oeuvre, his name was hardly unknown until recently. The occupation with Rudolf Häsler’s life and work culminated in the opening of the most extensive retrospective exhibition so far that has ever been dedicated to him, as well as the premiere of the documentary «Coca-Castro», which both took place at the bromer kunst premises. The documentary illuminates the historical background of the Cuban Revolution, as well as the numerous poetic annotations, which the artist kept during his lifetime. The complementing exhibition and film highlight Häsler’s cosmopolitan, eventful life and his artistic output as one of the first photorealistic painters. In 2017 bromer edition reprinted the book «Kuba – Freiheit oder Terror: Ein Maler erlebt die Revolution» written by the artist himself. The same year, bromer edition released a 476-page artist-monograph about Rudolf Häsler.

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About the project

Rudolf Häsler (1927-1999) was born in Interlaken. Ever since his childhood he kept fascinated by foreign countries and cultures. Right after finishing his formation as a teacher, he decided to become an artist. After extensive study trips around Europe and Northern Africa, the Bernese artist from the Oberland region settled down in Spain for a short period. In Granada he made acquaintance of the Cuban Maria Dolores Soler, whom he got married soon afterwards in Cuba. Initially, the couple intended to remain merely two weeks in Cuba – eventually they stayed over a decade in the Caribbean insular state. Shortly after the revolutionary forces gained victory, Rudolf Häsler was appointed director at the national department of arts and crafts. Succeeding Che Guevara, Häsler held the second highest position as a foreigner within Cuba’s Revolutionary Government. However, Rudolf Häsler felt from grace with Fidel Castro and got displaced from his position. Thus, in 1969 he was constrained to hastily quit Cuba. Together with his family he left for Spain, from where he travelled around the world. Häsler gained prominence because of his meticulous Realism, which is likely to be assigned to the hyperrealistic genre of painting. Since Häsler lived extremely quietly in Spain, he did not participate in many vast international exhibitions. Therefore, he only came to be known to a restricted body of experts. Nevertheless, bromer kunst is persuaded that Häsler will soon be granted a position within international art historiography.


About artist
Rudolf Häsler
Interlaken, 1927 — 1999

Rudolf Häsler (*29.7.1927 Interlaken - 18.1.1999 Sant Cugat del Vallès) was born in Interlaken and can be considered as one of the most autonomous Swiss artists of the 20th century. As part of the Cuban Revolutionary Government the painter was appointed national director of arts and crafts. After Che Guevara he held the second highest position as a foreigner within the Cuban government. Towards the end of the 60s the painting, design and graphic artist withdrew from Cuba. Together with his family he left for Spain, from where he travelled around the world. In the 70s, Häsler developed a meticulous realism, which can be adscribed to the hyperrealistic genre of painting. His nonpareil artistic oeuvre allows parallels to be made to Franz Gertsch, Ralph Goings or Antonio López Garcia.