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Rudolf De Crignis (born Winterthur, Switzerland, 1948; died New York, 2006) studied at the Form and Color School for Design, Zürich. In 1976, he exhibited in the Swiss Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. His work has been the focus of numerous solo museum exhibitions, including Kunsthalle Winterthur, 1995; Artothek, Cologne, 2001; Kunstmuseum Bonn, 2003; Swiss National Library, Bern, 2006; Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich, 2009; and Berkeley Art Museum, 2013.

His works are in numerous public collections, including: Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC; Harvard University Art Museums, Boston, MA; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT; Berkeley Art Museum, CA; Indianapolis Museum of Art, IN; Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland; Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland; Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany; Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany; Kolumba, Cologne, Germany; and PEAC Museum, Freiburg, Germany.