• 大众集团有望发力电动汽车 2019-06-19
  • 税延养老保险管理办法出台 2019-06-17
  • 营销误导难绝? 保险销售实行可回溯管理 2019-06-16
  • 700亿美元大生意 美媒称西方拟建新舰队反制中国 2019-06-16
  • 开创国有企业全面从严治党新局面 2019-06-12
  • 世相【镜头中的陕西人】 2019-06-12
  • 对市人民政府推进民生基础设施项目、解决历史遗留问题情况开展专题询问 2019-05-31
  • 国丰新能源有限公司获第十二届人民企业社会责任奖年度环保奖 2019-05-31
  • 3.4米剧毒眼镜王蛇闯入农户家中赖着不走 2019-05-26
  • 【用事实说话】从农村40年巨变看改革开放 2019-05-19
  • 消除“不对位”“零差别”br创新机关党员日常管理量化考评工作 2019-05-15
  • “东方夜莺”杨学进悉尼举办上海老歌独唱音乐会 2019-05-15
  • 端午假期结束 中国接待国内游客8910万人次 2019-05-13
  • [视频]《乡村振兴战略大家谈》第五集4分钟精编版(修改版) 2019-05-13
  • 顾锋:”双一流”的建设核心在促进学科的交叉融合 2019-05-09
  • Franz Gertsch, Maria, 2001

    From Painting Patti to Cutting Wood

    After seeing Patti Smith's 'Horses' album cover, her jacket-over-shoulder ease of presence photographed by Robert Mapplethorpe, a young Swiss artist by the name of Franz Gertsch endeavored to immortalize the punk poet in a series of five larger-than-life paintings, presenting her as omnipresent yet authentic, while forging an auspicious, hyperrealistic start to his own career in art.

    In the late 1970s, when these enormous paintings were created, as well as another series featuring the eccentric Italian artist Luciano Castelli, it appeared as if Gertsch would continue to deify those in the counter-culture with monolithic, exquisite paeans. He'd already broken through the young-artist scrim earlier when he was invited to show at Documenta V in Kassel in 1972, as well as the Venice Biennale in 1978 (and again in 1999).

    But the Franz Gertsch of those massive works underwent a career transformation in the 1980s, positioning himself as a master not of painting, but of woodcutting — a rather abandoned technique in the modern era but one which, according to Gertsch, is every bit as expressive and deliberative as painting. And his woodcut prints are every bit as monumental, each piece taking about a year to complete, gouge by tiny gouge — tens of thousands of them, meticulously creating the impression, the feeling, that the viewer is one with nature, Gertsch's preferred subject matter ever since.

    Which is where a new exhibition at the MASI Museum in the art enclave of Lugano, a lakeside town on Switzerland's southern edge, comes in. In the run-up to Gertsch's 90th birthday this year, the MASI asked him to plan an exhibition of his oeuvre at the museum, which led to a surprising counter-offer. Gertsch wanted to create a visual conversation between his wood engravings and those of two other undisputed masters of the genre. And so, Gertsch - Gauguin - Munch (May 12 - September 22, 2019) showcases nine of Gertsch’s woodcut prints from 1988 to 2017 alongside those by Paul Gauguin and Edvard Munch in two adjoining galleries, selected by Gertsch with MASI director Tobia Bezzola.

    Audacious, to be sure, and surprising. After all, Gauguin's and Munch's woodcuts are much smaller in size, and characterized by deep lines and sharp color contrasts. Gertsch's, on the other hand, are vast monochrome surfaces marked by luminous galaxies of dots, each one pricked by hand. Yet, the three artists explore a number of shared themes, namely a deep sense of melancholy, the rejection of the trappings of society, and the overwhelming, mystical serenity of nature. 

    Says Gertsch (who has his own museum, also in Switzerland), “[I see] a kinship with Gauguin and Munch as individualists and specialists in the art of the woodcut, since all three of us have seemingly developed an entirely distinctive language when applying this technique. There is nothing similar or comparable in our three woodcut oeuvres — they are all somehow uniquely singular."


    Franz Gertsch, Rüschegg, 1989


    Franz Gertsch, Schwarzwasser, 1992


    Franz Gertsch, Natascha IV, 1988


    Franz Gertsch, Winter, 2016


    Franz Gertsch, Grass II, 2004


    Towards the Forest II, 1915, Edvard Munch


    Women at the River, 1893-4, Paul Gauguin





    May 19, 2019 19:19:00

    Sign up for our Email Newsletter,
    “A Little Hint”

    Daily
    Weekly

  • 大众集团有望发力电动汽车 2019-06-19
  • 税延养老保险管理办法出台 2019-06-17
  • 营销误导难绝? 保险销售实行可回溯管理 2019-06-16
  • 700亿美元大生意 美媒称西方拟建新舰队反制中国 2019-06-16
  • 开创国有企业全面从严治党新局面 2019-06-12
  • 世相【镜头中的陕西人】 2019-06-12
  • 对市人民政府推进民生基础设施项目、解决历史遗留问题情况开展专题询问 2019-05-31
  • 国丰新能源有限公司获第十二届人民企业社会责任奖年度环保奖 2019-05-31
  • 3.4米剧毒眼镜王蛇闯入农户家中赖着不走 2019-05-26
  • 【用事实说话】从农村40年巨变看改革开放 2019-05-19
  • 消除“不对位”“零差别”br创新机关党员日常管理量化考评工作 2019-05-15
  • “东方夜莺”杨学进悉尼举办上海老歌独唱音乐会 2019-05-15
  • 端午假期结束 中国接待国内游客8910万人次 2019-05-13
  • [视频]《乡村振兴战略大家谈》第五集4分钟精编版(修改版) 2019-05-13
  • 顾锋:”双一流”的建设核心在促进学科的交叉融合 2019-05-09
  • 二分彩是国家开奖吗 时时彩梭哈计算器 查看一下辽宁十一选五开奖 真人娱乐平台程序源码 浙江20选5开奖号 喜乐彩 张继伟三肖中特 打羽毛球的作文 浙江体彩飞鱼开奖号码 电子游艺套利 体彩七星彩走势图48期 双色球蓝球字迷 新疆11选5走势图001 专业彩票网站 体彩湖南幸运赛车