Ingmar Alge (*1971 in Höchst) is one of the most important Austrian artists of his generation. Precise observations of social realities and their contradictions are at the center of his artistic research. With a keen sense for the sociological, the artist explores society's rejects and internal emptiness. He sheds light on the magical dimensions of loneliness and melancholy, focusing their existential forms and thus working within the tradition of Romantic painting. Although his paintings are based on photographs, he changes them by adding countless, finely glazed layers, or by intensifying colors or exaggerating the composition. As a result, it is not really reality that is visible, but instead, our imaginations are stimulated.
On the occasion of the show a publication will be released. It is the first book to provide an overview of Alge's paintings through large images, explanatory essays, and an index of works. Texts by Silvia Höller (curator, Kunstbrücke Innsbruck), Rudolf Sagmeister (curator, Kunsthaus Bregenz), and Markus Stegmann (author and lecturer, Basel) provide insight and put the work in context. Numerous large illustrations and a catalogue raisonné document the development of his painting from 1999 to the present.
Opening reception / Freiday, 26. April, 19 – 21h