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)

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.

Alberto Magnelli

 

Work in the collection: Untitled, 1957 – oil on paper – 65 x 60 cm.

* July 1, 1888 in Florence; † April 20, 1971 in Meudon

He learns to paint as an autodidact. In fact, he does not attend school or art academy and prefers to often visit museums and churches. Until 1914, for example, he painted landscapes, people and still lifes. Then his compositions gradually became more abstract; he called them “invented pictures”. His first solo exhibition took place in 1921. In the 1920s and 1930s he painted fantasy landscapes that came close to metaphysical painting.

The artist travels to Paris at the age of 26. There Magnelli met Pablo Picasso and Fernand Léger. He achieves a much acclaimed championship. Alberto Magnelli took part in the documenta in Kassel in 1955 and 1959.

From 1931 to 1934 he began the series of “Stones”, in which he showed shapes inspired by the marble quarries of Carrara (Italy). These composite stones seem to tell a story, with the artist highlighting the soft folding of the austerity of personal architecture. From 1934 he only painted abstractly. Parallel to his painting he created a work consisting of etchings and lithographs.

In the 1940s, he made collages in which he used burnt sheet metal, packaging canvas, and paint. After the war, Magnelli preferred compositions in which geometric forms, ellipses, and lines were drawn on monochrome surfaces. Alberto Magnelli has asserted himself through numerous detours, which have gradually created his own world of expression, in the geometric abstraction that favours order and rigour.

Exhibitions (selection)

1950 Biennale Venedig
1954 Palais-des-Beaux-Arts Brüssel
1955 documenta I
1959 documenta II
1963 Kunsthaus Zürich
1968 Museum für moderne Kunst in Paris

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.

From 01.11.2013 to 30.03.2014

The uniqueness of her images of women makes Elvira Bach an icon in the German and international art world. Born in 1951 in the Taunus, Germany’s most famous painter studied in the 1970s at the University of Arts in West Berlin with the so-called “young savages”, like Reiner Fetting, with whom she was associated in her early days. The artist made his artistic breakthrough in 1982 at the Documenta in Kassel. For more than thirty years now, her portraits of women in large format have fascinated by a striking pictorial gesture that reflects all facets of human existence and expresses an irrepressible desire to live, underlined by a wide range of colours and a hypnotic frankness.

Alberto Magnelli

 

Work in the collection: Untitled, 1957 – oil on paper – 65 x 60 cm.

* July 1, 1888 in Florence; † April 20, 1971 in Meudon

He learns to paint as an autodidact. In fact, he does not attend school or art academy and prefers to often visit museums and churches. Until 1914, for example, he painted landscapes, people and still lifes. Then his compositions gradually became more abstract; he called them “invented pictures”. His first solo exhibition took place in 1921. In the 1920s and 1930s he painted fantasy landscapes that came close to metaphysical painting.

The artist travels to Paris at the age of 26. There Magnelli met Pablo Picasso and Fernand Léger. He achieves a much acclaimed championship. Alberto Magnelli took part in the documenta in Kassel in 1955 and 1959.

From 1931 to 1934 he began the series of “Stones”, in which he showed shapes inspired by the marble quarries of Carrara (Italy). These composite stones seem to tell a story, with the artist highlighting the soft folding of the austerity of personal architecture. From 1934 he only painted abstractly. Parallel to his painting he created a work consisting of etchings and lithographs.

In the 1940s, he made collages in which he used burnt sheet metal, packaging canvas, and paint. After the war, Magnelli preferred compositions in which geometric forms, ellipses, and lines were drawn on monochrome surfaces. Alberto Magnelli has asserted himself through numerous detours, which have gradually created his own world of expression, in the geometric abstraction that favours order and rigour.

Exhibitions (selection)

1950 Biennale Venedig
1954 Palais-des-Beaux-Arts Brüssel
1955 documenta I
1959 documenta II
1963 Kunsthaus Zürich
1968 Museum für moderne Kunst in Paris