Jean Charasse

Artworks in the collection:
Construction P4A-2018, 65 x 50 x 6 cm
Construction P4B-2018, 65 x 50 x 6 cm

Construction P4A-2018, 65 x 50 x 6 cm.
© Jean Charasse
Construction P4B-2018, 65 x 50 x 6 cm.
© Jean Charasse

Jean Charasse was born in Lapalisse, France, in 1941. His studies lead him to work in the building industry.
Self-taught, he started painting at the age of fifteen and began exhibiting in 1977. From 1990 he abandons figurative painting for Constructions in which the influence of Morandi appears in filigree; he uses all kinds of recycled materials, wood, rusty irons and fabrics; this will be his “Signaux et Balises” period.
At the Alexandre de la Salle Gallery in Saint-Paul de Vence, he discovered the work of Aurélie Nemours and met Carmelo Arden Quin (founder of the MADI Movement in 1946); a path was set for his work, that of Constructed Art.
In 2004, he became a member of the MADI Movement, simplifying his constructions and gradually abandoning the use of recycled materials in favour of wooden compositions made up of parallelepipedal elements that fit together and overlap.
In his last works, in order to favour and “soften” even more the passage from one plane to another, he covers with a fabric geometric elements in wood, which are previously fixed on a background, then he interposes between these elements and on the fabric, other geometric elements that allow to maintain the architecture of the whole.
After several layers of medium and depending on the lighting, the Construction, reveals itself in a deal between the hidden and the apparent.

Short biography:
Born in Lapalisse, France, in 1941
Starts painting at the age of fifteen
From 1977 he shows his artworks in exhibitions
From 1990 he abandons figurative painting for Constructions
In 2004, he became a member of the MADI Movement

Current exhibition

Fascination and myth

06.03.2020 – 21.06.2020

For centuries, Venice has had a very special attraction for travellers and artists from all over the world. More than 30 million tourists come to Venice every year to be enchanted by the city’s magnificent churches and palaces, its winding canals and rich cultural heritage. From March 7 to June 21, 2020, the kunsthalle messmer will be presenting the theme show “Venice – Fascination and Myth” with works by international artists who drew their inspiration from the fantastic lagoon city. The exhibition presents historical city views, paintings, photos and objects by Hundertwasser, Salvador Dalí, Joe Tilsohn, Malte Sartorius, Max Peiffer-Watenphul and Horst Janssen, among others. The focus of the wide-ranging exhibition is on modern art and contemporary art from the 20th and 21st centuries.

But the dangers that threaten the existence of this 1500-year-old World Cultural Heritage site are also discussed – for example, giant cruise ships or increasingly frequent floods that threaten to sink the city into the lagoon. A multimedia installation transmits the unique soundscape of the Serenissima to visitors and takes them virtually into the lagoon city.

More information about the city of Venice

Venice is the origin and muse of countless unforgettable works of art. With its canals connected to the sea and its 398 bridges, the lagoon city forms an inspiring backdrop. With the Renaissance and the Venetian school, the golden age of painting began. The great masters Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese and later Tiepolo, Canaletto and William Turner bear witness to the great artistic past of a city that has always attracted artists of all kinds. Until the 16th century, Venice was considered an important maritime and commercial power. The marvellous splendid architecture still bears witness today to the ancient wealth of the Serenissima. Until 1797, Venice was the official capital of the Republic of Venice. With more than 180,000 inhabitants, Venice was considered one of the largest cities in Europe. Today, the lagoon city has virtually no Venetian inhabitants and the city and the economy are increasingly focused on tourism. Even today, the lagoon city is still a destination for painters from all over the world, who are inspired and stimulated by this magical place. The Venice Biennale, in particular, is an important and major international event in the world of art.

Let yourself be carried away by the history and culture of this fascinating lagoon city!
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6. International André Evard-Award

+++ Applications possible from January 2021 +++

For the sixth time, kunsthalle messmer is offering the André Evard Prize for concrete-constructive art. This prize is dedicated to the Swiss artist André Evard (1876-1972). From 1913, Evard’s painting was concerned with geometric abstractions. He is thus one of the first non-figurative artists in Europe and one of the pioneers of Swiss constructive-geometric painting. The André Evard Prize is aimed at all those contemporary artists who have also committed themselves to constructive-concrete art. The prize is endowed with a total of 10.000,- € and is divided as follows :

1st place: 5.000,-€
2nd place: : 3.000,-€ Third place: 2.000,-€
Audience Award: 1.000,-€


Any artist can submit one work. Works of art created after 1 January 2018 are eligible. The two-dimensional works may not be larger than 140 x 140 x 15 cm . Three-dimensional works (e.g. sculptures) must not exceed a height of 250 cm and a weight of 50 kg . The submitted works must be available for the duration of the exhibition.

The preselection is done by viewing the digital material via email to

The email must have the following contents:

– WORK DETAILS (in the following order: name of the artist, title, date, technique / material, format, exhibition certificate if applicable)
– CURRICULUM Vitae with photo
– DESCRIPTION OF YOUR ART (approx. ¼ page)
– HIGH RESOLUTION PHOTOGRAPHIES (up to three color photographs of the object as jpg file – each in 300 dpi and 72 dpi)


The deadline for applications is 30 June 2021. Submissions received after this date cannot be considered. The preselection will take place until September 30th, 2021. The nominated artists will be announced on the homepage of kunsthalle messmer and informed personally. The delivery of the works of art is to take place until October 20, 2021.

Transport: The costs of delivery and return transport shall be covered by the exhibition participants.

Insurance: The exhibition participants are responsible for insuring their works during delivery and return transport. During the exhibition in the Kunsthalle, kunsthalle messmer will take over the insurance.

The legal recourse for tender and awarding of prizes is excluded.

We are looking forward for recieving your application.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time!

Contact person: Nicole Lechler, M.A.
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subject to modifications.
January 2020
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Fascination and myth

06.02.2020 – 21.06.2020

Venice has for centuries exerted a very special attraction on travellers, as also on artists from all over the world. More than 30 million tourists come to Venice every year to be enchanted by its magnificent churches and palaces, its winding canals and its rich cultural heritage.

Manfred Fischer, Venedig-Carnevale, 2011, Mischtechnik auf Papier © Galerie Signum/M.Fischer

Works by international artists who drew their inspiration from the fantastic lagoon city are presented. In addition to historical views of the magnificent buildings of Venice, you will find dreamy paintings and exciting photos and objects by Hundertwasser, Salvador Dalí, Ulrike Rosenbach, Malte Sartorius and Horst Janssen, among others. The focus of the wide-ranging thematic show is on modern art and contemporary art from the 20th and 21st centuries. Let yourself be carried away into the history and culture of this fascinating lagoon city!


Werk in der Sammlung: Yvaral, Structure Ambigue T-C-G, 1970, acrylic on wood, 49,8 x 74 cm

Yvaral, born Jean-Pierre Vasarely, was a French painter, computer artist and kineticist and representative of Op-Art. Yvaral is the son of Viktor Vasarely and was one of the co-founders of the Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visuel (GRAV) in 1960. In 1975, the artist coined the term “numerical art” to show that his art was developed or programmed according to numerical rules or algorithms. From this time on, he used the computer for the digital processing and alteration of images. He can nevertheless be described as a painter, since he paints the pre-programmed results by hand.

born 1934 in Paris
1950-1953 studies graphics and advertising at the Ecole des Arts appliqués in Paris
1960 starts working with like-minded people in the Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visuel
1964 Participation in the documenta III in Kassel
1975 coins the concept of “numerical art“
died 2002 in Paris

Manfred Emmenegger-Kanzler

Copyright by Manfred Emmenegger-Kanzler

The German sculptor Manfred Emmenegger-Kanzler works mainly with ceramics, but also with terracotta, concrete or steel. Through cuts, curvatures and folds, his sculptures playfully deal with mathematical forms. In his ceramic sculptures, the artist deals with the abstract and the constructive. From the formlessness of the raw material clay, he creates elementary bodies such as gates, towers, space signs and labyrinths, which often dynamically intertwine in space. In this way he deals with general principles such as statics and movement. Since 1988 the artist has been represented at numerous solo exhibitions as well as at various exhibitions in Germany and abroad. Furthermore he realizes projects in public space.

Born 1953 in Waldshut
Lives and works in Ottersweier.
1979-1982 Training as a ceramist
1982-1988 Studies “Design” at the Fachhochschule Niederrhein / Krefeld
1992 State Prize Baden-Württemberg, Karlsruhe
2008 Artist in residence, Intern. Keramisches Kunstmuseum, Fuping/China
Since 2013 Member of the Künstlerbund Baden-Württemberg

Exhibitions (selection)

2016 Kunstverein “Das Damianstor”, Bruchsal
2015 Yingge Museum Taipei
2011 Clayarch Gimhae Museum, Gimhae City, Südkorea
2008 Keramikmuseum Westerwald Höhr-Grenzhausen
2006 Städtische Galerie Tuttlingen
2005 Kunsthalle Will, Schweiz
2004 Biennale de la Sculpture en Ceramique, Marmer
2003 Galerie Rastatt, Fruchthalle
2002 Martin-Luther-Universität, Halle
2001 Städtische Galerie Peschkenhaus, Moers
2000 Museum het valkhof Niewegen, Niederlande
1997 Badisches Landesmuseum Karlsruhe
1989 Kunsthalle Mannheim

Collections (selection)

Stadt Bruchsal
Museum Ettlingen
International Ceramic Art Museum Fuping / China
Keramion-Museum für Zeitgenössische Keramische Kunst, Frechen
Augustinermuseum Freiburg
Keramikmuseum Westerwald
Badisches Landesmuseum, Karlsruhe
Skulpturenwanderweg Lana
Messmer Foundation, Riegel am Kaiserstuhl

Manfred Emmenegger-Kanzler

Gerhard Birkhofer

Copyright by Gerhard Birkhofer

Born1947 in Ravensburg; lives and work Gottenheim near Tuniberg
1971 – 1974 Studied art education at the University of Education Freiburg .
1982 – 1989 Studied art history at the University of Freiburg.
1981 – 2012 Lecturer in Fine Arts at the Institute of the Arts at the Freiburg University of Education.

Exhibitions (selection)

2014 Marburger Kunstverein, Marburg
2013 Kunsthalle Marburg, Marburg
2012 Galerie Birkhofer, Gottenheim
Galeria XXI, Warschau
2010 Mazowieckie Centrum Sztuki Wspólczesnej “ELEKTROWNIA”, Radom
2007 Galerie K. im Haus der Modernen Kunst, Staufen im Breisgau
2006 Kunsthalle Marburg, Marburg
2000 LOG – Lorraine Ogilvie Gallery, Marburg
1990 Städtische Galerie im Turm Donaueschingen

Sammlungen (Auswahl)

Staatsgalerie Stuttgart
Museum für Neue Kunst, Freiburg
Collection of the Museum of fine Art, Deland Florida
Sammlung des Zentrums für polnische Skulptur, Oronsko, Polen
Kunstsammlung des Landkreises Breisgau Hochschwarzwald
Regierungspräsidium Karlsruhe
Regierungspräsidium Freiburg
Oberfinanzdirektion Freiburg
Hoffmann La Roche, Basel Swiss
Sammlung Felix Schlenker
Sammlung Peter Staechelin
Sammlung Sabine und Elmar Bingel, Freiburg
messmer-foundation, Riegel am Kaiserstuhl
Sammlung Bernhard Merz, Rottweil
Elektrownia, Radom, Polen
Boszena Kowalska Collection, Polen

Gerhard Birkhofer

Ai Weiwei

Ai WeiWei, “Skirt”, 2009-2010, porcelain 117.8 x 75 x 33.7 cm (5-piece) “Skirt” quotes Taihu stones that traditionally decorate Chinese gardens as bizarrely shaped rocks© messmer foundation


Ai Weiwei kommentiert in seinem Werk die gravierenden Veränderungen, die in China seit der wirtschaftlichen Öffnung des Landes stattfinden. Er kritisiert die Verstöße gegen die Menschenrechte, wirtschaftliche Ausbeutung und Umweltverschmutzung in seiner Heimat und bezieht sich formal nicht nur auf künstlerische Traditionen Chinas, sondern auch auf den Mitbegründer der Konzeptkunst und Wegbereiter des Dadaismus Marcel Duchamp. In Installationen verwendet er Objekte wie Antiquitäten oder spirituelle Gegenstände, um sie in einen neuen Zusammenhang zu stellen. Regelmäßig nimmt er an Performances teil, auch im Rahmen seiner Ausstellungen. Ai Weiwei gehört zu den international bekanntesten Vertretern der zeitgenössischen chinesischen Kunst.
In seinem Werk beschäftigt sich Ai mit vielfältigen künstlerischen Ausdrucksformen, unter anderem schuf er Bilder, Bücher, Filme, Häuser, Installationen, Photographien und Skulpturen.

Ausstellungen (Auswahl)

2016 Konzerthaus am Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin
2015 Royal Academy of Arts, London (GB)
2014  Pérez Art Museum Miami, Florida (US)
2014; Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin
2012  Kunsthaus Graz, Graz (AT)
2011  MoMA – The Museum of Modern Art, New York (US)
2011  Tate Modern, London (GB)
2011  Pulitzer Fountain, Grand Army Plaza at Central Park
2011  Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz (AT)
2011&nbspGalerie Neugerriemschneider,
Installation innerhalb des Gallery Weekends, Berlin
2010 Haus der Kunst in München
2010  Galerie Urs Meile, Lucerne (CH)
2009 Mori Art Museum, Tokio (JP)
Groninger Museum, Groningen, Niederlande
2007 documenta 12, Kassel
2007 Tate Liverpool, Liverpool (GB)
2006 Museum für Moderne Kunst (MMK), Frankfurt am Main
2005 Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern (CH)

Christian Rudolph

Christian Rudolph is a contemporary German sculptor. He is fascinated by the idea of having a vague idea of a sculpture in his head, of constructing it, developing it further, observing it, including chance, possibly intervening in a controlling way, in order to finally execute it by hand. That’s why he rarely works with drawings and sketches, but rather with more elaborate paper models.

born. 1959 in Aschaffenburg; Lives and works in Irsee
1982-1986 Apprenticeship as goldsmith in Hildesheim
1986 Internship with sculptor Moritz Bormann in Hildesheim
1986-1991 Studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg
1991 master classes
Since 1996 Artistic examination in the field of constructive sculpture
2000 Order for the construction of the memorial “Victims of euthanasia”, Scheuern in Nassau
Since 2008 National and international exhibitions, participations in exhibitions and trade fairs in Cologne, Karlsruhe, Munich and Zurich.

Christian Rudolph

Gottfried Honegger

* 12 June 1917 in Zurich; † 17 January 2016 same day

Gottfried Honegger learned to decorate shop windows and went on his travels as a designer and graphic artist. In 1939 he moved to Paris, where his first pictures and drawings were made.

tAt the end of the 1950s, Honegger moved to New York, where he met the abstract expressionists Mark Rothko and Sam Francis as well as exponents of hard-edge painting such as Al Held. At the same time, he was interested in the pioneers of constructive and concrete art.

Around 1960 back in Paris and Zurich, Honegger continued to paint on his square, monochrome white or red New York paintings. He began to work with computers and was interested in scientific research. He dedicated his first large sculpture to the Nobel Prize winner Jacques Monod.

Honegger’s work is present in many countries, above all in Germany, France and Switzerland: in public spaces as well as in private and museum collections. One highlight is the “Fondation Albers-Honegger” opened in the summer of 2004 in Mouans-Sartoux in southern France. It houses the Gottfried Honegger Collection and opened an exhibition entitled “alpha oméga” with his works on 24 January 2016.

In France and Switzerland the artist received his most important honours: in 1985 he became the French “Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Letters”. In 1987 he was awarded the Art Prize of the City of Zurich. In the same year, on his initiative, the House for Constructive and Concrete Art, today’s Haus Konstruktiv, was opened in Zurich.