Upcoming Exhibitions 2017
SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS 2017
15. 09. 2018 to 13.01.2019
Francisco de Goya’s (1746-1828) prints are among the most important in art history. The Kunsthalle zu Kiel will be showing some selected prints from its own collection that belong to two famous series: the 1815/16 “Los Disparates” (The Follies) and the “Taromaquia” (Bullfighting). The joint exhibition of these two print series strikingly conveys the world view and stylistic means of an artist who observed his contemporaries, their vanities and weaknesses with great accuracy. In these series, Goya’s central motifs are the absurdity of life and social ills as well as cruelty, fear, desperation and death. The artist explored experiences on the fringes of human existence, thereby also probing the artistic and technical limits of what can be represented in an image.
Pictures are my biography
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.
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.