Le Corbusier & André Evard
from Art Nouveau to Modernism

An exhibition on the 125th birthday of Le Corbusier
and the 40th anniversary of the death of André Evard

03.03.2012 – 26.08.2012

With the famous architect, designer and visual artist Le Corbusier (1887-1965) and André Evard (1876-1972), an important representative of the Swiss avant-garde, the kunsthalle messmer presented the life and work of two avant-garde artists from Switzerland.

Ausstellungsmotiv_Le Corbusier_ Evard

The development of both artistic personalities, whose common beginnings at the School of Applied Arts in La Chaux-de-Fonds lie in the circle of Hodler’s pupil Charles L’Eplattenier (1874-1946), ranges from Art Nouveau to Constructivist Modernism.

With painting, photography and graphics, architecture and design, the exhibition depicted the spectrum of fine and applied arts in the 20th century and presented visitors with an exciting juxtaposition of two artist personalities who were friends of each other and who were jointly honoured in this form for the first time in a museum.

The exhibition was supported by loans from international institutions such as the Fondation Le Corbusier, Paris, the Musée des Beaux Arts de La Chaux-de-Fonds and the Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, and supported by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.

Marc Chagall – Poetry & Dream

02.02.13 – 21.07.13

Poetry & Dream was the motto of the exhibition about Marc Chagall. The artist, who was born in Witebsk (Belarus), is considered one of the most important painters of the 20th century and is often referred to as a “painter-poet” because of his fantastic, partly surreal pictorial language. The dreamlike and poetic pictorial worlds of the genius of the century still inspire people all over the world today.

With its twelve open rooms, the Kunsthalle was predestined to present Chagall’s different life and work cycles in chronological and thematic order. A selection of around 120 works, subdivided into twelve themes, revealed the artist’s enormous creative power.

Thanks to top-class loans from important museums and collections (including the Rosengart Collection and the Würth Collection), the most beautiful works from cycles such as The Fables of La Fontaine (1926-1952), Daphnis and Chloé (1957-1961), Thousand and One Nights (1948), The Odyssey (1974), Exodus (1966) and Circus (1967) could be shown. In addition, works on Paris and the Côte d’Azur were on show – both places influenced the artist throughout his life. In addition to oil paintings and gouaches, the Kunsthalle also presented selected works from his graphic oeuvre: hand-colored etchings, lithographs, and rare monotypes.

Marc Chagall – Poetry & Dream

02.02.13 – 21.07.13

Poetry & Dream was the motto of the exhibition about Marc Chagall. The artist, who was born in Witebsk (Belarus), is considered one of the most important painters of the 20th century and is often referred to as a “painter-poet” because of his fantastic, partly surreal pictorial language. The dreamlike and poetic pictorial worlds of the genius of the century still inspire people all over the world today.

With its twelve open rooms, the Kunsthalle was predestined to present Chagall’s different life and work cycles in chronological and thematic order. A selection of around 120 works, subdivided into twelve themes, revealed the artist’s enormous creative power.

Thanks to top-class loans from important museums and collections (including the Rosengart Collection and the Würth Collection), the most beautiful works from cycles such as The Fables of La Fontaine (1926-1952), Daphnis and Chloé (1957-1961), Thousand and One Nights (1948), The Odyssey (1974), Exodus (1966) and Circus (1967) could be shown. In addition, works on Paris and the Côte d’Azur were on show – both places influenced the artist throughout his life. In addition to oil paintings and gouaches, the Kunsthalle also presented selected works from his graphic oeuvre: hand-colored etchings, lithographs, and rare monotypes.

Werner Pawlok
photographs

01.09.2012 – 27.01.2013

A world-class photographic oeuvre as a guest in Riegel: in an extensive exhibition of works shown for the first time, the kunsthalle messmer  presented the Stuttgart photographer Werner Pawlok (born 1953). The internationally acclaimed photographer, who was honoured by the Art Directors Club New York and received the Kodak International Grammy Award for the best photo campaign worldwide, was enthusiastic with a cross-section of more than three decades of artistic work.

Dawning VIII

Elvira Bach

01.11.2013 – 30.03.2014

Elvira Bach is one of the most successful contemporary German artists and an icon of the national and international scene. With her unmistakable and powerful pictures of women, the artist has been fascinating for thirty years now. Starting in November, the kunsthalle messmer will present around 60 works of painting and sculpture as part of an extensive cross-section.

Born in 1951 in Taunus, Elvira Bach studied in the 1970s at the Hochschule der Künste in West Berlin together with the so-called “Junge Wilden” around Reiner Fetting, Helmut Middendorf and “Salomé”. 1982 saw her international breakthrough with her participation in documenta 7 in Kassel.

Her mostly large-format paintings, which are characterized by a gripping painting gesture and an intense coloration, have a unique recognition value and attract the viewer until today magically.

At the centre of her impulsive painting is the theme of woman. Her portraits of women reflect the different facets of her life. The similarity of the pictures with her own person is unmistakable. Her works embody the artist’s unrestrained will to live and at the same time reflect all levels of humanity from passion and happiness to suffering, grief, fear and loneliness.

The artist believes that man – whether woman or man – with his faith, love and hope will always be the measure of all things: Elvira Bach’s work will thus remain topical in the future.

Hundertwasser & Ernst Fuchs

An anniversary exhibition on the occasion of the Kunsthalle’s fifth anniversary

05.04.2014 – 14.09.2014

The fantastic pictorial worlds of two great Austrian artists for the first time in a large double show

Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928-2000) and Ernst Fuchs (born 1930) are regarded as the best-known artistic personalities of Austrian post-war art. From April onwards, the kunsthalle messmer will dedicate an unprecedented retrospective double show to the two Viennese artists, who had been companions for many years.

The exhibition is being created in cooperation with the Fuchs collector and gallery owner Dr. Cornelia Mensdorff-Pouilly, who was the artist’s muse and model for many years, and in coordination with the Hundertwasser charitable private foundation, and presents numerous Hundertwasser loans from private collections.

Hundertwasser is one of the world’s most famous artists due to his very own formal language. Ernst Fuchs founded the School of Fantastic Realism and was closely connected to Salvador Dalì with his surrealistic pictorial worlds.

In the exhibition, works from all periods of Hundertwasser’s and Ernst Fuchs’ oeuvre can be seen. In this way, the double retrospective illustrates the impressive life’s work of two great artists who have been companions for many years.

Exhibition flyer Hundertwasser

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China in the Mirror of Time
Art from 5 millennia

20.09.2014 – 01.03.2015

“Unique, versatile, subtle… The Chinese artists show what you can’t suspect from the outside. Great exhibition!”

The confrontation between traditional and modern art is what makes this exhibition so appealing. Become part of this stimulating encounter of past and present, Far Eastern and Western tradition!

The exhibition shows outstanding exhibits of clay and porcelain from the most important imperial dynasties: Han (206 BC – 220 AD), Tang (618-907), Song (960-1279), Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911). A special piece, in addition to the artistically manufactured Ming porcelain and the “Family Rose Vases”, for example, represents a Neolithic vessel with a human head from the Majiao-Yao culture (4500-2300 B.C.).
The sculptures and paintings of contemporary Chinese artists are juxtaposed with them and connected by the material porcelain. Ai Weiwei (born 1957 in Beijing), for example, one of the best-known contemporary Chinese artists and regime critics, is represented with his ceramic “Rock”. He stylizes Taihu stones in glazed white porcelain, which decorate traditional Chinese gardens and are highly revered. Cloud ornaments in dark cobalt blue indicate the reflection of the sky. In the summer of 2014, the artist also attracted thousands of visitors to the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin with a political work

 

D The exhibition CHINA IN THE MIRROR OF TIME shows insights into China’s multi-faceted art and culture, unites opposites and draws attention to references within the large temporal span of 5 millennia.

The vase with figures and clouds made of porcelain was commissioned by Emperor Qianlong (1736-1795). The fascinating “breakthrough work” shows on its relief-like surface the struggle for the three empires at the time of the fall of the Han dynasty (200).

Xuan Wang (*1979, Guangxi) creates in his mixed media paintings surreal-looking spaces at the highest level. He combines motifs from Chinese and European art history and fragments of still lifes, portraits and genre scenes to create complex, stage-like pictorial worlds. Wang studied in Nanning/China and at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe with Prof. Erwin Gross (master student). In 2012 he was a scholarship holder of the Graduiertenförderung des Landes Baden- Württemberg, in 2014 a scholarship holder of the Kunststiftung Baden- Württemberg.

Subi Roberto

In the cultural park Freiburg and in the kunsthalle messmer

06.06.2014 – 08.06.2014

During the Whitsun weekend you could look over the artist’s shoulder at work.

The celebrated streetart artist SUBI ROBERTO from Miami painted from Friday to Sunday, June 6 – 8, 2014 a 10 meter high wall in the Kulturpark Freiburg, which also houses the trendy Kultur-Club Schmitz Katze. The painted wall is a permanent installation and can be visited.

Address: Freiburg Culture Park, Haslacher Str. 43, 79115 Freiburg www.kulturpark-freiburg.de

Until 13 June, the artist was the artist-in-residence in Riegel. During her four-week stay in Germany, she realized wall installations on the grounds of the Kunsthalle in Riegel

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Arif Aziz
Art from Azerbaijan

07.03.2015 – 29.03.2015

Arif Aziz is one of the most important Azerbaijani painters of his generation. With the artistic abundance and versatility of his work, he decisively influenced the development of Azerbaijani art. His extensive and multi-faceted oeuvre combines the national artistic heritage of Islamic pictorial tradition with style elements of Western contemporary art in a unique way. Thus his art impressively testifies to the fruitful cultural exchange between Orient and Occident.

Arif Aziz, who was born in 1943 in the Azerbaijani capital Baku, graduated there from 1957 to 1962 from the state art academy. He then studied graphic design at Stroganov University in Moscow from 1966 to 1971. In 1973 he was awarded the Second Prize of the Youth Union of Azerbaijan in Baku and the First Prize of the International Graphic Design Competition in Vilnius, Lithuania. In 1978 he received the First Prize of the Moscow International Exhibition. During his artistic career, Arif Aziz built up a high reputation: he taught for a long time as a professor at the State University of Art and Culture in Baku, where he was prorector for painting and applied arts in 1991. In 1992 he was appointed national artist by the Azerbaijani government. The artist found great inspiration on his many study trips, which led him not only to Africa, but also to Moscow and Paris, to Turkey, to India and to many other countries in the world. The culture and nature of Senegal as well as the famous Paris Varieté “Moulin Rouge” seem to have left a special impression on Arif Aziz. Thus these places appear again and again in his pictures. His works have been exhibited worldwide for decades, including at the Senegal Embassy in Moscow in 1984 and at the Beyogly Munchipal Art Gallery in Istanbul in 1996. In 1985 he was represented at the Caucasion Biennale in Dagestan and in 2002 at the Asian Art Biennale in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Many of his works are now in major museums and collections, including the Azerbaijan State Museum of Art in Baku, the Moscow North Art Museum, the Senegal State Art Museum and the Tebriz Shaxriya State Museum in Baku.

10 years kunsthalle messmer: a life for art

20. june 2019 – 15. september 2019

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the kunsthalle messmer, a retrospective will present the heart of the Messmer Collection – the estate of the artist André Evard in an unprecedented way. In the exhibition selected works from the different creative periods of the Swiss are presented.

André Evard, Kirschbaum, 1911 © messmer foundation

In addition to sensitive Art Nouveau pictures and color-intensive landscape representations, which illustrate Evard’s engagement with the influences of the art scene of his time, symbolist still lifes are shown, which prove their pioneering position in abstract painting through their turn to the geometrization of space. Last but not least, his concrete-constructive works can also be seen.

 

 

André Evard was a universal spirit. He has enriched the art of the avantgarde with his own ideas in almost 70 years. Without being committed to a style, he has pushed painting to its limits.

 

 

André Evard (1876 – 1965)

Born in 1876 in the Bernese Jura, André Evard is characterized throughout his life by the fact that he was a little bit ahead of his fellow artists. Already in 1908, he dealt with experimental techniques, such as the collage, which found its way into the art landscape only a few years later. He has learned together with great artists, such as Le Corbusier. In the 1920s, Evard oriented himself towars Paris, an artistic stronghold of the time and maintains ties to the European avantgarde. While most are inclined to Expressionism, Evard designs ornamental-looking, color-balanced concrete-constructive works. However, not only the Constructivism and Suprematism, but also the Dutch De Stijl movement and the Bauhaus were to be found into his art. He keeps in touch with Georges Braque, Robert Delaunay and Théo van Doesburg. In 1936, together with Max Bill, Richard Paul Lohse and Leo Leuppi, he exhibits “time problems of Swiss painting and sculpture” in the Zurich exhibition. A year later, Evard joins as a tenth member in the artist group Allianz founded by Richard Paul Lohse and Leo Leuppi. In addition to Max Bill, Alberto Giacometti, Paul Klee and Hans Arp, this circle also includes Le Corbusier. Evard dies in 1972 at the age of 96 years in Le Locle, near his birthplace.

 

 

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