The language of material plays an essential role in the work of Anselm Kiefer, most of whose pictures have a geological sedimentary texture. Anselm Kiefer was born in Donaueschingen in 1945, and now lives and works in Paris. For the past forty years, his work has been developing in a process of accumulation, mingling and reworking of themes, motifs and constellations which recur and overlap repeatedly in diverse media. Highly symbolic connections emerge from lead, concrete, dried plants, glass, barbed wire and other heterogeneous materials. Numerous pastose layers of muted colors lend the surface of his paintings a relief-like structure and thus an almost sculptural plasticity. Before Kiefer began his artistic career, he studied law, literature and linguistics. He then studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe, and later in Düsseldorf, where he became a student of Joseph Beuys. Since the beginning of his career in art, Kiefer has explored German post-war identity; he participated in the exhibition at the German pavilion of the 1980 Venice Biennale. In recent years, Kiefer’s main preoccupation has been analytical reflection on the functions and iconographies of the most diverse myths – whether Christian, cabbalistic or Germanic. He frequently has recourse to literary models such as Paul Celan, Ingeborg Bachmann or Louis-Ferdinand Céline, condensing their work in his art. Adrian Ghenie was born in Baia Mare, Romania in 1977. In 2001, he graduated from the University of Art and Design, Cluj, Romania. He splits his time between Cluj and Berlin, spending the majority of his time in the German capital. In 2005, Ghenie co-founded Galeria Plan B in Cluj Napoca, a production and exhibition space for contemporary art. Adrian Ghenie’s own work is gestural but unconventional in application. Opposed to the traditional tools of a painter, Ghenie’s paintings are the result of the palette knives and stencils that he uses to carve staged accidents onto and into his multi-layered painted canvases. His childhood had a profound effect on his painting, in particular the stories his parents told him of their travels across Eastern Europe during the ‘60s and ‘70s. It is not specifically these stories that provide his artistic inspiration, but the differences he finds between his parents’ accounts and his personal interpretations of them. In the broader sense, Ghenie is most intrigued by the difference between fact and memory, exploring these ideas through the means of texture in his paintings.
Adrian Ghenie has had major solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kuns (S.M.A.K.), Ghent, and the National Museum of Contemporary Art Bucharest. He represented Romania at the 56th International Art Exhibition – Venice Biennale. Adrian Ghenie joined the Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in 2015. Compatibilité avec le lecteur d'écran activée.
Saturday 26 May 2018 at 4:00 pm
Book signing by Yan Pei-Ming
Sunday 27 May 2018 at 3:00 pm
Talk by Sydney Picasso “Anselm Kiefer and Iconoclasm”
Saturday 26 May 2018 at 2:00 pm
Vernissage of Patrick Neu exhibition
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Since 1983 Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac has specialized in international contemporary art and now represents around 60 artists, including several estates of historical prominence. With spaces in Salzburg, Paris, Paris Pantin and London, the gallery is active in both the primary and secondary markets while seeking to serve as a platform for carefully curated exhibitions. The gallery is also present at all major art fairs worldwide and runs its own publishing house, producing catalogues to accompany the 40 exhibitions held each year. In addition, it welcomes satellite events, such as talks, screenings, concerts and performances with the aim of becoming a place of knowledge production.
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