Exhibition

Franz Gertsch. Pictures are my biography

17 November 2018 to 24 February 2019

Franz Gertsch, Luciano und Cornelia, 1974 © Sprengel Museum Hannover, Foto: Michael Herling, Aline Herling, Sprengel Museum Hannover
Franz Gertsch, Luciano und Cornelia, 1974 © Sprengel Museum Hannover, Foto: Michael Herling, Aline Herling, Sprengel Museum Hannover

Franz Gertsch works in an unmistakable manner with the effects of close-up versus faraway perspective, and abstraction versus concrete representation. The exhibition in the Kunsthalle zu Kiel has come about in close collaboration with the artist himself. It brings to life important situations and recurring themes with a selection of his works from 1961 to the present day. Pictures are my biography displays monumental-scale portraits, group pictures, greatly enlarged details of nature and landscapes, and small watercolours from an artistic period of about 60 years.


The exhibition conveys Franz Gertsch's idiosyncratic and close connection between art and life. Due to the enormous size of the paintings and woodcuts in relation to the viewer, the exhibition offers an extraordinary visual experience. Franz Gertsch completed his most recent painting “Big Butterbur" in time for the show at the Kunsthalle zu Kiel and it will be presented to the public for the first time as part of the exhibition.

Franz Gertsch, who was born in 1930 in Switzerland, has been an honorary member of the Kiel University (CAU) since 2005. Some of his most significant works are part of the collection of the Kunsthalle zu Kiel.