Artworks in the collection: Construction P4A-2018, 65 x 50 x 6 cm Construction P4B-2018, 65 x 50 x 6 cm
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
Venice 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!
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 :
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The email must have the following contents:
– WORKING DATA (in the following order:
name of the artist, title, date, technique / material, format, exhibition certificate if applicable)
– CURRICULUM Vitae with photo
– WORK DESCRIPTION (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!
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Venice 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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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 Galerie 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) 2008 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 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.
* 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.