Christoph Büchel (born 1966) is a Swiss artist, based since 2007 in Iceland.
Content in this edit is translated from the existing German Wikipedia article at [[:de:Exact name of German article]]; see its history for attribution.
Christoph Büchel was born in Basel, Switzerland, in 1966. Büchel creates hyper-realistic environments that create the experience of walking into a mind at work.
For the 2015 Venice Biennale, Christoph Büchel submitted as part of Iceland's national pavilion The Mosque: The First Mosque in the Historic City of Venice, partly inspired by disputes in Iceland over building the first purpose-built Reykjavík Mosque.
One installation was a conceptual work of art which transformed a 10th-century Catholic church into a generic mosque.
Critics of the Venetian Authorities claim that the proffered reasons for shuttering the mosque were pretextual and insufficiently grave to justify closure of the work.
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