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

Yvaral

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)
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

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.

Axel Rohlfs

The German Axel Rohlfs is a contemporary painter of concrete art and author of concrete and visual poetry. His innovation in the field of concrete art is the forming of two partial figures into a double figure. For example, he creates double knots and double spirals, which can be discovered again and again in his works of art.

Born 1971 in Bremen; Lives and works in Bremen and Hamburg
1991-1997 Studied architecture at the TU Berlin
2003 Assistant of the artist Prof. Vera Molnar

A Exhibitions (selection)

2003 University Collections Art and Technology Dresden Dresden
2004 Museum Modern Art Hünfeld
2005 Institute for Constructive Art and Concrete Poetry
2006 Museum of Contemporary Art Moscow
2007 Kunsthalle Messmer Riegel
2009 Vasarely-Muzeum Budapest
2011 Museum in the Kulturspeicher Würzburg
2014 Academy Gallery in the Weisbach House Plauen

Collections (selection)

Museum for Concrete Art Ingolstadt
Museum in the Kulturspeicher Würzburg
Mondriaanhuis
Mobile MADI Museum
Szépmüvészeti Muzeum Budapest

Axel Rohlfs

Otto Laszlo

Laszlo Otto, Yantra-ipsum-līlāi, 2012, acrylic on canvas Ⓒ messmer foundation

Ottó László is a contemporary Hungarian artist of the abstract-constructive direction. His geometric art deals with the question of being. For him,  colour reflects the diversity of life. Furthermore, he pursues the goal of creating images that give the viewer the opportunity to experience spiritual contents.

born in 1966 in Pécs, Hungary
Studies at the Technical University of Budapest
Studies at the Free School of Art, Pécs
lives and works in Budapest

Exhibitions (Selection)

1994 Pécs Art Gallery
1998 Kozelites Gallery Pécs
2002 MEO Art Fair Budapest
2003 Suzuki Gallery Kyoto
2006 Gallery Szinyei Szalon Budapest
2009 Museum of Modern Art Hünfeld
2009 Kunsthalle Messmer Riegel
2011 Centre d’Art Contemporain Frank Popper
2012 Museum Vasarely Budapest

Collection (Selection)

Museum Gallery of Paks
Museum Modern Art Hünfeld
Universalmuseum Joanneum Graz

Ottó László

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Willy Müller-Brittnau

The Swiss artist Willy Müller-Brittnau is known for his expressive landscapes. His encounter with American action painting in 1958 was a key experience for him. He then developed a geometric visual language and made outstanding contributions to colour field painting and signal art in the 1960s and 1970s. In addition to painting, drawing and printmaking, he created numerous site-specific sculptures and developed color designs for buildings. In addition, he has assembled an excellent collection of concrete art and Pop Art himself.

born 1938 in Winterthur, died 2003 in Oftringen
1954-1955 Preliminary course at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Zurich
by 1963 Work as a retoucher, paints on the side
1976 resigns from public life
1980 Return with violent, gestural images

Exhibitions (selection)

1959 Verbindungshalle Stadtsaal Zofingen
1964 Galerie zur alten Kanzlei Zofingen
1968 Galerie 68 Strengelbach
1971 Stadthaus Olten
1985 Trudelhaus Baden
1986 Galerie Lenzburg
1990 Amtshimmel Baden
2003 Kunst im alten Schützenhaus Zofingen