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With gutsy inspirations and fresh ideas, we would like to surprise you with our arts, our projects, our unrivalled exhibitions, originality and uniqueness, which would inspire you for the moment, if not for the rest of your life.
Our mission is to present not only German, but also international - emerging or already renowned - artists. The main goal is to create an exchange between nations and cultures of the world. Now residing in The Hague we are currently working on future projects with german and dutch artists.
But, due to the current situation, galleries, musuems and all art institutions are unfortunately closed. However, we would like to support our artists and to continue to be active. Starting in April we will showcase outstanding and surprising artwork in our new online exhibition, changing every single month!
Artist of the month - July 2020
Annette Besgen - Spiegelungen. Schatten im Blick
Online exhibition with works from the series Bacino I and Bacino II
In this exhibition we present variations of oil paintings by the artist
Annette Besgen, who works in Siegen and Berlin.
The series of works “Bacino”, based on own photographs, lets you pause for a moment at the existentially rooted longing for light. Annette Besgen “Bacinos” are miraculous light structures created with the brush, reflections of only a single moment of reality experienced.
The viewer is almost asked to immerse himself in what is painted on the canvas, to surrender to the phenomenon of light and shadow. Again and again, light and shadow are what the artist absorbs and has always fascinated the most.
Confrontation and meditation, between moment in time and timelessness. All of this causes Annette Besgen to come to a standstill on the canvas.
Absolute silence, lingering in yourself, experiencing this single moment.
You can experience this intensity, this strength, with the "Bacinos" rising over time and place in our current online exhibition from 1.7. - 31.7.2020
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Artist of the month June 2020
Claudia Kaak - Gefühlte Welten. Momente im Sein.
In the June 2020 online exhibition we have shown the unique and realistic paintings by the figurative painter Claudia Kaak.
Claudia Kaak's works have autobiographical and socially critical references. They deal with existential feelings - a psychological, emotional moment, subtle inner emotions of the people depicted. Her paintings and drawings furthermore deal with topics that the artist has gone through and experienced. . Claudia Kaak wants to break the taboo of not being allowed to talk about feelings and mental disorders.
With this exhibition we would like to let you participate in the very personal works of the artist, who has recently gained international recognition and has been awarded prizes worldwide.
Artist of the month May 2020 - Uwe Fehrmann - Between times
The focus of Uwe Fehrmanns work is the human being in his dialectical relationship to society and environment.
The Hamburg based painter Fehrmann creates complex pictorial works that refer to current but also fundamental questions.
Social themes, which can be found again and again in his often large-format works, are the subjects of deconstruction, abolition and forgetting about political upheavals when viewed superficially.
Individual attributes evoke associations with the German-German history as well as current positions.
Christian von Grumbkow - Artist of the month April 2020
"I do not paint a message. No thoughts. I simply paint colour."
Christian v. Grumbkow's paintings are landscape-like areas, often featuring vertical gradients and stripes applied in many layers. He deals with the light phenomena of nature and captures them in his works. Out of a chaos of colors, which often corresponds to the current state of the artist's soul, he creates a turbulent image. Gradients and bold colors become calmer and more meditative as the process progresses. These emotions carry over to the viewer.
About the painting of ROLF OHST
Shiny heaps of meat just as in a butchery, stacked bodily masses, resembling of rolled pork roast, fatty bodies looking like plucked chicken. Rolf Ohst's fascination for immense carnality and the special presentation would instantly remind one of Roald Dahls narraton "pig" in which a seclusively linving vegetarian comes to town, learns to love meat just to be slaughtered himself, if there weren't decided motives that are borrowed by Rolf Ohst from the art history.
From Botticelli's "Birth of Venus", Giorgiones "Venus in a landscape", Tizians Venus in bourgeois interior via nudes by Rembrandt, Manet, Renoir, Modigliani, Matisse, up to Cézanne or Corinth - Rolf Ohst cites them all. Doing that, he overreaches the baroque plentitude to the extreme.
He paints Botticelli's Venus in gracefully trembling shy corpulence and placing his figures in maritime landscapes with dramaticly clouded skies which let the famous dutch masterpieces come to life alltough the figures are kept characteristic of classic modern.
When he names his resting, fat beauty reminiscent of a stranded whale gasping for breath, after Edward Munch's famous "The Scream" the sampling becomes perfect. Rolf Ohst manages to tie in with best traditions of nude-painting in a disrespectful humorous way and to convert them into the presence.
Dr. Stefani Lucci, Art-historian - 2009 (http://www.artists.de)
Jörg Menges work expresses the loss caused by the elimination of the “true world” (F. Nietzsche) of religion and metaphysics.
As “broken and deformed” bodies men and women are moving towards the viewer. At the same time, in spite of their movement the impression of a static presence arises. The bodies move separate or in intertwined groups in an undefined space. Most of them are naked, occasionally wearing coloured working clothes. Whilst melting into groups they still remain individuals. They are individuals in an empty space.
Jörg Menges paintings present the whirl of human atoms in an empty space. The contorted bodies express the loss of truth. They are deformed truth. As atomized bodies they are “the kind of movement like an abysmal crash in an improper sense of being”
The confrontation of complex relations with physicality and movement in space constitutes the main aspect of Walter Padao’s images.
The interaction of the oscillating plasticity of moving bodies within spirited stage spaces opens up a picture puzzle: contraction and expansion, proximity and distance, acceleration and deceleration - flowing transitions and abrupt changes of movement in a flash but focused pause.
The mostly unusual, sometimes grotesque appearing postures and dynamic movements of the figures create lines of force and areas of tension, traces of fleeting choreographies, which unite themselves to enigmatic arrangements.
Conceptually Walter Padao stands in the tradition of Cubism and Futurism, where motion and time become part of the picture, yet his paintings live, despite the examinations of modern visual techniques, from the impulse and the expressive moment. "Things are strangely juxtaposed, come into gliding and create a fantastic suction into space without time if one omits to combine them in the same way over and over again.”
Walter Padao studied painting in Kassel, Bologna and Nuremberg (Master student of Johannes Grützke), lives and works in Dusseldorf.
Hanjo Schmidt has devoted himself to painting, observing and painting the bodies and faces of those from ages 25 to 35. But in 2009 he began to concentrate on the aging body, recognizing that this was likely a taboo topic. And while he painted some portraits on commission and selected certain older friends who had experienced life to be his nidus, he soon realized that he was carrying his own best model with him at all times –himself.
Using the camera to photograph his own gravity-challenged corpus he came upon some interesting observations: the youthful body is about movement, speed and strength – all concentrated in the strong taut extremities, strong and beautiful and full of energy. And following these visual and kinetic-informed notes and in reference to his own body habitus, Schmidt, in his thoughtful and philosophical approach to the aging body, shares the following: ‘The old body is concentrated in the torso. Arms and legs become more and more weak and thin, ugly and immovable.
About the work of Willi Kissmer
Willi Kissmer was a contemporary west-german artist working in realism, that most uncontemporary of styles and has been described as a young master working in the style of the Old Masters.
Willi Kissmer has built a solid reputation and an avid following in Europe und furthermore in the USA with his quietly beautiful paintings and graphic works.
Unlike the work of many of his contemporaries, the paintings of Willi Kissmer are not abstract or expressionistic but instead are tied to a long tradition of realism in Northern European painting.
The subjects of his pieces are simple still lifes, scenes from residential architecture and the female figure, each rendered with a fine eye to detail and a slightly disquieting sense of heightened observation.
Artist Thomas Schönauer - Painting of tomorrow
The Space Paintings on Steel are Schönauer’s point of departure for three-dimensional imagery on a plane surface. This field of his work came about from the idea of arriving at object-like and three-dimensional pieces via the two-dimensionality of, for example, ink and watercolour drawing. The Space Paintings virtually reproduce the different planes of a sculptural group – elevation, ground plan and bird’s-eye-view.
In the CT-Paintings (CT as in Computer Tomography), Schönauer distils this procedure in a continuing exploration of the material/non-material theme. This technique was developed over many years, in collaboration with a manufacturer of industrial varnishes. The fusion in this series is of a prolonged process of development with a manner of painting that breathes improvisation. The act of creation is brief, but based on intense preparation and detailed mental planning. It culminates in a moment of utter concentration.
Only the primary colours and black and white are used – five elements added as liquid pigment to a medium of epoxy resin.
Other outstanding works are the Skydrop – these sculptures do not rise from the ground, they drop from the sky. Besides these his exceptional and meanwhile worldwide highly regarded Atompops: works of polished, silver-glinting spheres of stainless steel.
Ralf Rduch creates large-sized nude paintings. His only motif is the human being who is posing nude exclusively. By abandoning clothing his cultural background, social status and that what he wants to represent most is not apparent. Clothing implies pretending – the body itself though will never be a feint.
This concentration on the individual is yet intensified by the fact that the posing characters are positioned in a free space. There is no spatiality, no tangible reality, mostly only some monochrome space, in front of which they are arranged – stage-like- and illuminated from above on the right.
By the concurrence of extreme light- and shadow sections, the bodies have a very vivid appearance.
The individual is not a homogeneous creature but he consists of layers and fractures, of manifests and secrets or clandestine emotions.
Ralf Rduch therefore composes arrangements of individuals originating from separate floors - he is segmenting them by eleven tonal values, each one having a shade of color of its own. Here, the full scope of tonal value is presented ranging from black to white.
To the artist, twelve is the figure of truth, eleven the will to approach the truth. The eleven shades thus represent the wish to achieve awareness on one hand, but also the knowledge that this is impossible after all. However, there is one feasible approach! The twelfth color is present in the painting – it is the background color...