|At 12 noon, on Saturday, 15/09/2007, we will open our exhibition Norbert Schwontkowski Dolores.|
Schwontkowski (*1949) is among the most influential German painters of our time. Over recent years, especially, his work has received widespread international aclaim through art critics as well as the art market and it is to be found in important international collections, be they private or public.
The images of Norbert Schwontkowski appear untouched by all this. Just as in his early days as an artist, they turn towards the magic of a wisdom growing wild on the roadside rather than turning the wheel of vanity. The pictures, relying on gentle earthy and red tones, speak of the poetry of everyday life. To achieve this, the artist does not require pictorial spaces crammed with detail, but with minimal means he tells stories about strange encounters and meetings in worlds evoking the charm of the surreal …Title and image are inextricably linked. Irony is the inspector providing the pictures with an erratic lightness. No tragedy without comedy, no success without failure. Or is it the other way round? Schwontkowski's work, like an inner pulse, addresses the vital opposites in life. (from: Karin Pernegger, on the exhibition Wir in dieser Drecksbrühe at Stadtgalerie Schwaz 10/05/07 to 23/06/07)
Norbert Schwontkowski, born in Bremen in 1949, lives and works in Bremen, teaches at the Hamburg Academy of Applied Arts; recent solo exhibitions: 2007 gallery side 2, Tokyo, Kabinett für aktuelle Kunst Bremerhaven, Raucci/Santamaria Naples, Stadtgalerie Schwaz, 2006 Contemporary Fine Arts Berlin, 2005 Contemporary Fine Arts Berlin, Brandenburgische Kunstsammlung Cottbus, Kunsthalle Erfurt, 2004 Kunsthalle Bremen, Galerie Metis Amsterdam, Zonca & Zonca Gallery Milan, 2003 Produzentengalerie Hamburg, Muka Gallery Auckland
Sat, 10 November 2007, 12 noon - Udo Kittelmann in conversation with Norbert Schwontkowski. We cordially invite you to this matinee at our gallery!
In the context of its exhibition Die Kunst der Landwirtschaft. Landwirtschaft und Kunst im Alpenraum von 1875 bis heute (26/09/07 to 13/01/08) the Tyrolean State Museum Ferdinandeum presents a large-scale sculpture installation (udder) by Julia Bornefeld.
Herbert Brandl In the wake of his magnificent presentation of paintings at the Austrian Pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennial (until 21/11/2007) our exhibition Herbert Brandl at 5.30 p.m., on 23/11/2007, will kick off the Premierentage Innsbruck. At 12 noon, on 24/11, commissioner Robert Fleck, director of Deichtorhallen Hamburg, will open the exhibition together with the artist.
Since April Gunter Damisch's Weltwegbetrachter, seven metres high, forms a conspicuous landmark at Hochkogelberg near Randegg. The sculpture came about by invitation of Kunst im öffentlichen Raum Niederösterreich (Art in Public Space Lower Austria). Pictures at www.publicart.at. Private view Damisch soloshow at Galerie van de Loo München 18.10.07.
Trickster, the exhibition by Thomas Feuerstein at the Tyrolean State Museum Ferdinandeum, can still be visited until 02/09 as can the exhibition Auszeit. Kunst und Nachhaltigkeit at the Art Museum Liechtenstein in Vaduz, where Feuerstein participates with a large installation called Manna Maschine and several large Erntebilder.
Until 11/11 Günther Förg and Leiko Ikemura together exhibit at the Langen Foundation, Museum Insel Hombroich, the stunning museum built by Tadao Ando. Förg's solo show at Lelong Paris will run from 14/09 until 20/10/2007. On our suggestion, and thanks to our participation in FIAC at Paris (18 to 22/10/2007), Michael Kienzer has been invited to realise a large in situ sculpture in the grounds of the Tuileries.
Florin Kompatscher will have a large exhibition of his paintings, entitled Purple & Asphalt, at Forum Kunst Rottweil from 15/09 to 14/10/2007. The Deutsche Bank Collection will show several of his works from 1990 in the exhibition Blind Date Istanbul at Sakip Sabanci Müesi in Istanbul from 09/09 to 01/11/2007. Walter Pichler's exhibition Und es ist doch der Kopf at CFA Berlin from 02/11/2007 to 12/01/2008! September will see the publication of our book on the recent paintings of Walter Vopava, including a text by Robert Fleck.
From 01/09 to 13/10 Franz West, in the context of the Verbale organised by Herbert Fuchs, will present SOUFFLÉ-eine Massenausstellung at the Kunstraum Innsbruck, our next-door neighbour, including nearly eighty artists. Otto Zitko's installation Raumzeichnung, with eight integrated picture panels, may still be seen at the gallery until 08/09. At Lentos Kunstmuseum in Linz, itko contributes to große malerei with paintings from the 1990s.
Art fairs coming up: premiere ARTCOLOGNE Palma de Mallorca 19 to 23/09/07, FIAC Paris 18 to 22/10/07.
We are looking forward to welcoming you at the gallery!
Klaus and Elisabeth Thoman Innsbruck, August 2007
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