Following the major retrospective dedicated to Michael Biberstein at Culturgest Lisbon in 2018, the gallery presents a new exhibition of the Swiss-American artist who choose Portugal as his adopted country.This exhibition gives a deeper insight into the various stages of Michael Biberstein’s artistic life from the deconstrution in his paintings from the 1970s, when the very structure of his art was perceived as a system of signs, to his long and meticulous pictorial research starting at the end of the 1980s. Biberstein labelled his paintings as « seeing machines ». They are admiring reminiscences of Vernet, Friedrich, Turner, Monet, Cézanne and Rothko, but also secret imprints of eastern landscapes that draw in the spectator, arousing a physical, mental and spiritual effect of the sublime. Biberstein’s artistic career culminated in the painting of his 900m2, suspended, bright Sky, created for the majestic ceiling of the baroque Santa Isabel church in Lisbon. The artisted dedicated the last four years of his life to this monumental project, which was finally completed in 2016. Michael Biberstein confided to Véronique Jaeger in 2006 : A work that takes its sources in the History of Art, but which becomes a metaphysical quest and makes man a human being.
Founded by Jeanne Bucher in 1925, the gallery is among those rare international galleries that has been in existence for 90 years, with a list of artists and a roster of works that span European Art from Modernism in 20th to Contemporary art in the 21st century. Jeanne Bucher began by exhibiting the Avant-Garde Abstract, Cubist, and Surrealist painters from the prewar period. Jean-Francois Jaeger directed the gallery from 1947, showing the great European postwar Abstractionists, the new Figurative and Realist painters of the 1970s, and the great urban and environmental sculptors of the 1980s. Véronique Jaeger, daughter of Jean-François Jaeger, took over the general direction of the gallery in 2003, and continues to stage solo exhibitions of the artists who have long been associated with the gallery, both within the gallery and outside by the organization of exhibitions in international museums. Today the gallery continues to promote international contemporay artists whose work calls to reflection of spiritual kind and express a certain material and philosophical vision of the planet.
Fermin Aguayo • Michael Biberstein • Bissière • Miguel Branco • Nicolas de Staël • Jean Dubuffet • Max Ernst • Gérard Fromanger • Alberto Giacometti • Asger Jorn • Dani Karavan • André Lanskoy • Henri Laurens • Louis Le Brocquy • André Masson • Rui Moreira • Wilfrid Moser • Jean-Paul Philippe • Arthur Luiz Piza • Hans Reichel • Hanns Schimansky • Susumu Shingu • Arpad Szenes • Mark Tobey • Joaquin Torres-Garcia • Maria Helena Vieira da Silva • Paul Wallach • Yang Jiechang • Zarina • Antonella Zazzera