Category: Exhibitions & Books

Franz Kafka – Der Bau (The Burrow), 1931

A story about a badger and his burrow. As often with Kafka his stories are written from an animal perspective but need to be translated and looked at from a human inner perspective. The story is about the self consciousness and self-perceptions of the badger struggling between the homely burrow and the alienated outside. Inside his burrow he cannot see…

Contextual research: Juhani Pallasmaa – ‘The embodied image’

  “One of the greatest paradoxes of contemporary culture is that at a time when the image reigns supreme the very notion of a creative human imagination seems under mounting threat. We no longer appear to know who exactly produces or controls the images which condition our consciousness. – Richard Kearney ‘The Wake of Imagination’, 1994 I placed this quote by…

Exhibition visit: Paul Klee and the Surrealist

I went to the local exhibition in Bern, Switzerland at the Paul Klee Museum (Available from: http://www.zpk.org/en/exhibitions/current/paul-klee-and-the-surrealists-1253.html) on “Paul Klee and the Surrealists” (18 Nov 2016 – 12 Mar 2017). I went there as based on my latest contextual research (Schaffeld, 24 Nov 2016) I became more aware of the techniques and ideas of the Surrealist movement in context of Dada,…

Contextual research: Moving images, architectural images and the embodied image

”In a work of art we encounter ourselves and our own being-in-the-world in an intensified manner.”   –   J. Pallasmaa Following my last tutor’s feedback and an earlier discussion with her I am interested in the embodied experience of images in a wider context. Painting could be seen as an illusion on a more or less flat surface, it can also the seen time…

Exhibition visit: The forces behind the forms & Felt Events – A Performance by Ilana Halperin

Exhibition at the Kunstmuseum (Museum of Fine Arts) Thun, Switzerland (27 August – 20 November 2016). Available from: http://www.kunstmuseumthun.ch/en/exhibitions/current/felt-events-a-performance-by-ilana-halperin-2436/ [accessed 06 Dec 2016] The exhibition was dedicated to the exploration of matter and the forming processes in contemporary art. Exhibiting artists were: Jonathan Bragdon, Nina Canell, Julian Charrière, Olafur Eliasson, Ilana Halperin, Roger Hiorns, Per Kirkeby, Katie Paterson, Giuseppe Penone, Jens…

Exhibition visit: Cesare Lucchini “Quel che rimane”

Today I went to the exhibition of the Bellinzona (Ticino) born artist Cesare Lucchini (b. 1941) at the Kunstmuseum (Museum of Fine Arts) Bern, Switzerland (23 Sep 2016 – 08 Jan 2017). Available from: http://kunstmuseumbern.ch/en/see/today/585-lwhat-remainsr–120.html [accessed 01 Nov 2016] Cesare Lucchini studied, worked and lived in Milan till 1988. Followed by residence in  Düsseldorf and Cologne, he lives and works today in Lugarno, Switzerland.  The artist’s extensive body…

Exhibition: Juliette Blightman – Extimacy, Kunsthalle Bern

Today I went to the newly opened exhibition at the Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland (24 September – 13 November 2016). Available from: http://www.kunsthalle-bern.ch/eng/extimacy. Images (drawings, paintings, photographs) as a visual diary. Room 2: Cluster 1 => The drawings (each A5 format, each titled with the Day Number e.g. ‘Day 193,2016‘ top left) do show daily and unspectacular objects and scenes. Some reminded me…

Book: John Ruskin ‘Elements of Drawing – Letter 3’

John Ruskin (1819 – 1900) was an english art critic, draughtsman and watercolorist. My tutor suggested to look into his third letter about color. Overall I sense that Ruskin is quite strict in his rule setting and he challenges the ‘amateur’ artist strongly on what may be nearly un-reachable. Perhaps this has to be seen in the context of his…

Exhibition: Francis Picabia (1879 – 1953) in Zurich

Large retrospective t the Kunsthaus Museum in Zurich, Switzerland (03 Jun – 25 Sep 2016) (http://www.kunsthaus.ch/picabia/en/). After Zurich the show moves to New York: MoMA (20 Nov 2016 – 19 Mar 2017). I was so impressed by the immense diversity and prolific body of work done by Francis Picabia during his artistic life (more than 200 works exhibited). He went through so…

Exhibition – Otto Mueller (1874 – 1930) in Emden, Germany

During my stay in Germany, I went to the exhibition of Otto Mueller (1874 – 1930), a german expressionist and member of the group ‘Die Bruecke‘ in Kunsthalle Emden (http://kunsthalle-emden.de/mueller/). The title of the exhibition was ‘Otto Mueller – natuerlich nackt (naturally naked)‘ Otto Mueller was an important artist of the German Expressionism. He joined 1910 the group ‘Die Bruecke‘ (The Bridge)‘ founded…

Gallery Visit – Ian Davenport (b. 1966) in Zurich, Switzerland

Ian Davenport – Cadence (15th April – 28th May, 6th June – 16 July, 2016) at Gallery AndresThalmann (http://www.andresthalmann.com/CMS/en-GB/Exhibitions/Ian%20Davenport%20-%20Cadence.aspx?Sel=8) Already in the context of my personal project as started during part 5 of Drawing 1 course unit, I was fascinated by the work of Ian Davenport and his ‘color obsession’ and puddle paintings of parallel color stripes in multiple variations.…

Exhibition – Paul Signac (1863 – 1935) in Lausanne, Switzerland

Exhibition about Paul Signac ‘Une vie que fil de l’eau (A life as a son of water)’ in La Foundation de l’Hermitage, Lausanne from 29 Jan – 22 May 2016. (click here  – accessed 18 May 2016) The intention of the museum was to show with almost 140 oil paintings, watercolours and drawings the prolific career of Signac as a neo-impressionist artist…

Exhibition – Jean Dubuffet (1901 – 1985) Metamorphoses of Landscape in Basel, Switzerland

Exhibition ‘Jean Dubuffet – Metamorphoses of Landscape’  in Foundation Beveler, Basel (Switzerland) from 31 Jan – 08 May 2016 (click here – accessed 08 May 2016). Flyer click here. [accessed 08 May 2016]. Jean Dubuffet (1901–1985) is one of the artists who re-defined art of the second half of the 20th century. After years of running a wholesale wine business in…

Project 2 – Research Point: Still life

During my last OCA course unit ‘Drawing 1’ I did a thorough research on still life in art history and pulled up a table that illustrated for me the evolution of still-life (Schaffeld, 2015). What I know so far about Still life : A range from illusionistic painting with Trompe d’Oeil effect (e.g. Pieter Aertsen, Jan Fyt, Juan Sanchez Cotan) towards more coloristic…

Exhibition – David Hominal (b. 1976) in Vevey, Switzerland

Retrospective exhibition ‘David Hominal‘ in Musée Jenisch, Vevey (Switzerland) from 03 Mar – 15 May 2016.  Click here – accessed 09 May 2016). Flyer click here. David Hominal is a swiss artist from Evian, France, studied art in Lausanne, and currently with residence on Berlin is constantly searching through painting for the ‘tension of the world‘ (Menour, 2013). In his multifaceted work…

Exhibition – Philippe Saxer (1965 – 2013) in Bern, Switzerland

The exhibition took place in the Psychiatry Museum Waldau, Bern (5. Juni 2015 – 1. April 2016). The museum is located on a campus together with the the clinic and some workshops. Available from:  https://www.puk.unibe.ch/cu/museum/museumra.html [accessed 16 March 2016] I went to this exhibition out of several reasons: my interest in art therapy (my other work area), my interest in crossing…

Gallery visit – About Painting Part I & II – Bern, Switzerland

I discovered that two galleries in Bern, Switzerland had this month an exhibition called ‘About Painting‘: Galerie Kornfeld and Galerie Bischoff & Partner (see references). I thought that this would be great opportunity to open up my mind on painting and to see what could be explored as a painting (compared to a drawing). I hoped to discover new perspectives for…

Exhibitions to see – My plan for Feb/May 16

28 May 2016: I planned 8 visits to museums and galleries. I missed 2 of them. But I am satisfied with my done visits. I have to see how can continue with my 2 / month plan. Kunstmuseum Basel, CH-Basel (September 12, 2015 – March 13, 2016) Cy Twombly (1928 – 2011) – Painting & Sculpture http://www.kunstmuseumbasel.ch/en/exhibitions/current/cy-twombly/ => From my…