Category Archives: Shows

Christine Streuli

The extensive body of work of Swiss artist Christine Streuli (*1975, in Berne) appeals to viewers with colourful, mostly monumental allover paintings, which draw on a rich vocabulary of symbols, quotes, patterns, motifs and ornaments. The vividly coloured and energetic works and installations attract the audience, but also raise important, contemporary questions about nature and the craft of painting, as well as the examination of the flood of images surrounding us all.

By repetion, you start noticing details in the landscape

How do you turn a listening experience into the subject of an exhibition? How do you visually reproduce the idea that some music can be considered like painting with sounds, some films like compositions with light, and some paintings like scores whose music unfolds within us? How do you evoke forms and images that relate to the feeling of immersion within the space and time of an art gallery? By repetition, you start noticing details in the landscape is a quote by North American composer Terry Riley. It is the starting point of a project in the form of a constellation that reflects the emergence in the early 1960s in San Francisco and the Bay Area, of a music expanding into horizons and climates, fostered by the re-evaluation of the fundamental virtues of the sound phenomenon – psychophysical, spiritual and political – namely taking distance with the European academic heritage. Gathering close to fifty artists, the exhibition at Le Commun connects the works, films and archives of a group of historical personalities with works specifically produced for the occasion by upcoming artists. It also includes a selection of films at the Dynamo and Spoutnik cinemas, as well as concerts at the cave12, Alhambra and Théâtre du Galpon.

Desire Path – Works 2016 – 2019

Der in Berlin lebende Luzerner Künstler Giacomo Santiago Rogado (*1979) hat im Bereich der Malerei neue Wege gefunden. Mit seinen Gemälden, die mehrmals in musealen Einzelausstellungen gezeigt wurden, hat er früh nationale Bekanntheit erlangt. Nach seiner Ausstellung im Helmhaus Zürich, 2014, ermöglicht das Kunstmuseum Solothurn eine Übersicht neuer Werke, die neben Bildern auch Arbeiten auf Papier, Skulpturen und Installationen einschliesst. Die Verbindung von Licht und Farbe zieht sich leitmotivisch durch das Schaffen und tritt bei allen Medien auf.
Die Qualität und Wirkung von Rogados Kunst verdankt sich dem experimentellen Willen, neue Techniken des Farbauftrags zu erproben. Neben herkömmlichen Pinseln kommen Farb-Bäder, Schablonen oder chemische Stoffe zum Einsatz, mit denen sich erstaunliche Effekte erzielen lassen. Oft kommt es auch zu einer Fortsetzung des malerischen Trompe-l’oeil, bei dem Schein und Sein kaum mehr zu unterscheiden sind. Dazu gehört auch, dass die Werke zeitgenössische Möglichkeiten elektronischer Bildbearbeitung suggerieren, aber doch stets von Hand ausgeführt sind. Diese fruchtbare Spannung zeigt sich auch beim Zusammenführen von stilistischen Gegensätzen zwischen Geometrie und Zufall.

Heike Kati Barath_Ohne Titel_2016


100 paintings, objects, and films from around 40 international contemporary artists invite us to intuitively approach art from an emotional perspective.
The exhibition features contributions from the following artists:
Hans Aichinger, Jan Albers, Monika Baer, Heike Kati Barath, Vlassis Caniaris, Gregory Crewdson, Alex Da Corte, Nathalie Djurberg und Hans Berg, Drei Hamburger Frauen, Marlene Dumas, Elmgreen & Dragset, Tracey Emin, Gotthard Graubner, Wade Guyton, Thilo Jenssen, Nikita Kadan, Tadeusz Kantor, Ruprecht von Kaufmann, Mike Kelley und Paul McCarthy, Jochen Klein, Rosa Loy, Rosilene Luduvico, Stephan Melzl, Olaf Metzel, Robert Morris, Miwa Ogasawara, Catherine Opie, Laura Owens, Beate Passow, Richard Prince, Bernhard Prinz, Alexandra Ranner, Wilhelm Sasnal, Markus Schinwald, Norbert Schwontkowski, Cindy Sherman, Sam Taylor Johnson, Rosemarie Trockel, Gillian Wearing, Amelie von Wulffen and Artur Zmijewski.

Joachim Bandau_Fahrbare schwarze Sesselgruppe

The Assembled Human

In late autumn 2019, Museum Folkwang will present a show that transcends media and epochs to explore the major societal issues and upheavals of the last 150 years. The Assembled Human presents art as a mirror of industrialisation, technologisation and digitisation. It provides a cultural-historical survey that encompasses key works of painting and graphic design, early experiments in photography, installations and films, along with recent works of Post-Internet Art.

Katharina Grosse x Gotthard Graubner

Summit meeting between two great painters: Works by the internationally acclaimed painter Katharina Grosse (*1961) are juxtaposed with the famous “bodies of colour space” by Gotthard Graubner (1930-2013). Two abstract artists from two generations, each adopting a very different artistic approach, being interlinked with each other due to the years both spent at the Düsseldorf Academy of the Arts during the 1980s and the belief in the existential power of colour. The outcome is an exhibition of “attracting opposites” and an intense dialogue of colour painting.

Im Garten der Farben

Ausgehend von dem Thema Farbe zeigt die neue Ausstellung im PEAC Museum einen repräsentativen Ausschnitt aus der Sammlung des kürzlich verstorbenen Mäzens Paul Ege, dessen Interesse zeitlebens Bildern galt, die sich grundlegend mit dem Verhältnis von Materialität und Visualität auseinandersetzen.

Mural: Jackson Pollock | Katharina Grosse

Stretching nearly twenty feet wide by eight feet high, Mural (1943) is the largest painting Jackson Pollock (1912–1956) ever made, and it proved a breakthrough for the artist. Across the painting’s dense and vibrant surface, Pollock’s bold brushstrokes appear to dance rhythmically. Today, Mural is recognized as one of the pivotal achievements of Pollock’s career, the moment when he left figuration behind, expanded the scale of his work, and started to develop his signature drip technique. “I took one look at it,” the critic Clement Greenberg later said, “and I knew Jackson was the greatest painter this country had produced.”

At the MFA, Mural is presented alongside a newly commissioned work by German painter Katharina Grosse (b. 1961). Known for her large-scale site-related installations, Grosse is one of the most important painters of her generation. Since the late 1990s, she has used an industrial paint-sprayer to apply prismatic swaths of color to a variety of surfaces, eroding the distinction between two and three dimensions to create immersive visual experiences.

The unprecedented pairing of Pollock and Grosse’s work demonstrates how the artists have each transformed painting through their innovative techniques and approaches to color on a massive scale.

Writing the History of the Future (The ZKM Collection)

The collection of the ZKM | Karlsruhe is one of the largest media art collections in the world. It exemplifies the transformation of art in the face of changing production, reception and distribution technologies. Artists react to the change in the media and sometimes anticipate developments that will become self-evident for society as a whole only years later: they are the story of the future.


Blue Is the Color of Your Eyes is an exhibition where works by Louise Bourgeois guide us through an examination of issues of materiality and abstraction. The exhibition features, apart from Bourgeois, a group of internationally active artists who discuss and challenge sculptural and painterly expression in a variety of ways. The title Blue Is the Color of Your Eyes is taken from a work by Bourgeois that is on view in the exhibition.