LUCEBERT | Rebels, Gnomes, Demons
16. März - 22 Mai 2022
Alongside Asger Jorn, Karel Appel, Corneille and Pierre Alechinsky, Dutch artist Lucebert (1924-1994) ranks among the most significant representatives of the international post-war group of artists COBRA. He first worked as a draughtsman and then experienced great success as a poet by contributing with some of his verses to the famous first CoBrA exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in 1949, which he illustrated in his characteristic comic-like style. It was the hope for a new zeitgeist, the drive for freedom, that brought this generation of young artists together shortly after the Second World War. Just like his CoBrA friends, Lucebert also found inspiration for his multi-figured, evocative imagery in Picasso, Dubuffet, Klee, Ernst or Tanguy, along with his personal experiences and traumas of the Second World War. His great and powerful painterly talent, however, was not discovered until the end of the 1950s.
Lucebert's pictorial worlds, which appear to collapse on the painter himself as well as on the viewer, are ironic and humorous, imaginative and sinister, frightening and terrifying, grotesque - an unleashed pandemonium of mummery and danse macabre. The captivating, charged expressions of Lucebert's half-animal-half-human figures disclose the deepest abysses of human interactions, their facial expressions often resembling more of a scream than a conversation. Yet as cruel and absurd as Lucebert's scenery may seem, its core is profoundly humane, ironic, full of irony and imagination. Even in the deepest sense of shock, these human-animal beings keep facing each other in their gestures and postures, and not seldom a small nucleus of luminous, harmonious colour seems to dissolve the menace.
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ART KARLSRUHE SELECTIONS
May 12 - July 31, 2021
Due to the postponement of this year's edition of Art Karlsruhe because of the pandemic, DIE GALERIE proudly presents, in the context of the "Art Karlsruhe Selections" project, an exciting assortment of works that were originally intended for the actual presentation at the fair and that perfectly synthesise the gallery's wide-ranging programme. The exhibition develops in the V-Room within three main areas with different focal points: In the first room, an outstanding selection of works by contemporary German masters of painting awaits you: Volker Stelzmann and his master student Torsten Holtz, as well as Johannes Heisig and Klaus Zylla. The central room and core of the entire exhibition is dedicated to the creations of the post-war avant-garde artist group CoBrA; represented here by the works of distinguished members such as Lucebert, Asger Jorn, Corneille and Carl-Henning Pedersen. In addition to the CoBrA artists, the central room also features major representatives of Surrealism and Classical Modernism such as Max Ernst, Roberto Matta and Pablo Picasso. In the final exhibition area, the spotlight is on contemporary positions of abstract painting by German as well as international artists such as Jan Voss, Alain Clément, Amy Ernst and Kim Du Rye.
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Corneille - A Creative Journey
February 11 - March 31, 2021
The exhibition CORNEILLE – A Creative Journey presents paintings, drawings and prints by Corneille (1922-2010) executed between the years 1947 and 2004.
From 1948 – 1951, Corneille was part of the CoBrA group. In the style of the progressive-aggressive attitude of the young provocateurs of the CoBrA group, Corneille painted expressively and quickly at this time. He preserved and developed his own individual style. Journeys to Africa, Asia and America had a major influence on his pictorial language. The trip to Cuba in 1967 took a special significance since it heralded a new creative phase in his work. Corneille changed his painting style to a lyrical symbolism in which the motifs of woman, bird and palm tree played a central role. He remained true to this pictorial language until his death.
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Line, Shape, Figure
December 15, 2020 - January 31, 2021
In our first VRoom, a colourful selection of works on paper and prints by several major artists from our broad gallery programme awaits you. Despite their different backgrounds, artistic styles and periods of origin, the works exhibited here are characterised by a distinctive use of the line. Whether employed for an abstract or figurative composition, it is always the line that, in its various forms, constitutes the starting point of the artistic creation. Sometimes it develops into one or more figures, sometimes into geometrical structures, sometimes it persists in its purest form, simply as a line. And yet, every artist is able to infuse it with his or her own stylistic characteristics and thus transforms it into a living entity.
Let the works of outstanding artists such as Dorothea Tanning, Joe Tilson, Alexander Calder, Emilio Tadini, Beate Debus, Klaus Zylla and many others inspire you.
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