- About the exhibition
- Artists of the exhibition
Henning von Gierke
For many years now, renowned Munich-based artist Henning von Gierke has been fascinating his public with his realistic style of painting. In his works, the artist questions human existence in the context of nature, religion and philosophy. Besides classical themes from Greek mythology and religious imagery, von Gierke also paints portraits, still-lives and domestic themes within his extensive artistic oeuvre. Beyond creating astonishing pictures on canvas, he is also well known as a stage-designer and director worldwide. For his creative impact in the film industry, he received two of the most acclaimed film awards in Germany - the German Movie Award in Gold and the Silver Bear at the Berlinale.
Jorge Villalba’s intriguing hyperrealism and the exquisite perfection of technique constitute only the very first phase of aesthetic admiration of his art. Soon the focus is shifting to his ingenious modern interpretation of traditional mythological and biblical topics which demand deeper contemplation. By creating new prototypes the Spanish painter manages to reinvent the classic stories of art history. His art remains universal as it poses the eternal questions of life and humanity.
Medardus developes his painting cycles by searching for clues in the past. For his oil paintings the artist combines motives of historical paintings or photographs with his own picture imaginations and creatures as well as with contemporary topics such as technology or aerospace. Medardus creates ambivalent, strange visual spaces, in which humans, animals and machines merge to timeless views. The artist lives and works in Switzerland.
Peter Demetz' light wood carved works are snapshots of everyday situations, without describing stories or actions. The stage-like embedding of the protagonists in display cases creates timeless silence and contrasting sensations of infinity and freedom versus determinism and social constraint. The scenes are composed of distance and proximity of the figures and of the architectural elements. The viewer is invited to ascribe to the artist's figures emotions and thoughts as well es to their settings past and future.
The main theme of Spanish artist Salustiano is the portrait. Highly aesthetically, the artist plays with the viewer's eye which he opposes and exposes the fascinating impenetrable glances of the characters he portrayes. Often in about 60 layers of paint he is carving out the facial features of his partly androgynous protagonists acting in finest precision. These are always placed against a plain or white background and seem – devoting themselves in almost manic peculiarity to mental or physical actions - isolated from the outside world. The intellectual immersion or instinctive decisiveness and power of the portrayed persons, wether they are delicate, young girls or boys, is strongly noticeable.
One of the main topics of Italian sculptor Matteo Pugliese is the human body in dynamic motion seeming to escape or to rebel. His male characters from the "Extra Moenia" series are modeled as fragments, the individual parts of the body thus create an impression of rising from wall surfaces or disappearing into them. His athletic shaped sculptures are metaphors of human fears and desires. In addition to these bronze sculptures of the series "Extra Moenia" Pugliese is working on guardians of cultures, samurai-inspired representations of so-called "Custodi", as well as on artfully crafted beetles, which are given specially created genus and species names by the artist according to incorporated, small items.
Matej Košir is a master of illusion. His laboratory is the image archive of art history. Crossing the genres of art he transforms the still lifes of famous old masters into sculptures and reproduces them by the modern medium of photography. Now, which one is the original and which one the copy? The Slovenian artist questions how we perceive and deal with those masterpieces in the age of mass media and mass reproduction - and he reveals how icons of art history become sickly-sweet fetishes.
Moto Waganari creates transparent network-sculptures which outline a delicate body frame. By illuminating his sculptures the artists multiplies his three dimensional objects by a two dimensional shadow revealing the immaterial alter ego of every figure. His characters seem to visualize a surreal, parallel world filled with surprise and enigma. Moto Waganari’s sculptures seduce the spectator with their appealing beauty and sophisticated weightlessness.
Yongbo Zhao continuously crosses boundaries among cultures. Within his references to the representation of communist propaganda painting, he passes through European art history. On the other hand, he combines the tradition of Western painting with the history and the myths of China. In addition to political motifs of rulers and the masses, of people in power and subordinates, he also addresses partly offensive, vulgar issues. Thereby, Yongbo Zhao often integrates himself on the image via a self-representation with a wink. The artist creates a communication between East and West on the basis of contemporary painting.
Marc Fromm‘s carved reliefs and sculptures reflect the values of our every day culture. The artist introduces contemporary topics using the elaborate techniques of old mastery wood craft. Traditional religious altar scenes are reinterpreted as modern billboards just like former religious assurance is replaced by the promised land of advertising. Marc Fromm reveals the stereotypes of the advertisement industry and unmasks the fake glamour of today‘s commercialized products.