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November 24, 2022 - February 25, 2023
MARINO MARINI
DIE GALERIE, Frankfurt on the Main

DIE GALERIE is particularly pleased to round off the exhibition year 2022 with a spectacular, historical show of works. We present the Italian artist Marino Marini (1901-1980) in an extensive exhibition, primarily focusing on the sculptural work with pieces from the years 1937 to 1954 and with a selection of prints, hereby presenting other creative aspects of the artist. In this way, we aim at honouring the significance and the renewed relevance of this artist. The œuvre of the Italian sculptor reflects the most critical years in the 20th century history of Europe with a visual language that, while adhering to the classical canon, still finds its own unique forms of expressing change. This becomes most evident in the artistic development of Marini’s central theme, the equestrian portrait. This type of imagery was ever-present in his work, as was its ambivalence between a representative symbol of power and an expression of harmony between the human and the natural world. Under the impact of fascism, democratization, and the simultaneous East-West conflict, Marini‘s formal style evolved significantly from an ideal image to the depiction of a distorted, unhinged world. Thus, in a time of global upheaval, Marini‘s artistic position is more modern than ever.

 

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Highlight of the month


Johannes Heisig
Vertreibung ins Paradies
Oil on canvas
140 x 300

Johannes Heisig's paintings, drawings, and prints combine the complexity of content and masterful technique with an unconcealed joy for experimentation. Heisig conveys his observations, collected with a meticulous eye, by means of an expressive, impressionistic visual language: he layers colors to create apocalyptic depictions of chaotic city life, impressive reflections on German history, as well as portraits, landscapes, and still lifes. In this way, he draws the realistic image out of the familiar, alienates and ultimately transforms it - often after months of overpainting - into something both unknown and unique for the viewer.

 

This is also the case in the large-format painting Vertreibung ins Paradies (Banishment into Paradise), created in 2019, with whose title the artist playfully draws on the Fall of Man and transfers it to a contemporary setting. Socially critical, he asks: Is this still the paradise that Christ died for on the cross? Due to its unusual perspective, the gigantic beach scene is reminiscent of drone shots, which are very popular nowadays, and therefore seems particularly up to date, as if the most modern techniques were being imitated with a paintbrush. At the same time, with its ironic title, it points to one of the primeval myths of human history and thus proves to be an extremely profound work.

Johannes Heisig's paintings, drawings, and prints combine the complexity of content and masterful technique with an unconcealed joy for experimentation. Heisig conveys his observations, collected with a meticulous eye, by means of an expressive, impressionistic visual language: he layers colors to create apocalyptic depictions of chaotic city life, impressive reflections on German history, as well as portraits, landscapes, and still lifes. In this way, he draws the realistic image out of the familiar, alienates and ultimately transforms it - often after months of overpainting - into something both unknown and unique for the viewer.