Opening: June 5, 2019, 6.30 PM (we kindly ask for previous registration)
The artists are present.
Introduction by Philipp Rylands, formerly Director of the Guggenheim Collection, Venice.
Eduard Angeli: In his often large-scale canvases and works on paper, the artist makes conditions of existence visible that can hardly be represented: silence, motionlessness, melancholy, a world in the absence of man. In the void of his dreamy spaces and landscapes, the viewer feels existentially affected; by reducing, simplifying and concentrating his image content, Eduard Angeli approaches the existential question of what remains at the end of life.
Riccardo Cordero: Cordero's sculptures are inspired by celestial phenomena and bear titles such as star, meteorite, supernova or infinite cosmos. The massive material, iron, bronze, steel, which is actually held on the ground by gravity, appears to be floating in the room. The Italian sculptor explores the balance of forces; in the playful movement of forms, reminiscent of the dynamics of rotating gyros, he seems to override Newton's laws of gravitation.
Hafenrundfahrt is a perfect example of the works Johannes Heisig calls "images of his world´s feeling ".
A small, fully occupied paddle boat with three passengers floats in a dock: Mother, father and their child in the back. The father - maybe another self-representation of Heisig - holds the paddle diagonally in front of his body and has one side in the water. With his head thrown into his neck, he looks up in a seemingly disoriented way. Behind them, the prow of a huge, threatening ship rises, its deck crowded with passengers. The scenery is framed by a dramatic sunset creating a surreal atmosphere.
The artist sees the boat with its passengers as a metaphor for seclusion and loneliness. During his work on the painting, however, he also envisioned the images of refugees stranded in Europe after a long and dangerous journey. The artist's self-portrayal in a rowing boat also refers to a similar subject in a painting by his brother Walter Eisler, who died in 2015 at the age of 60. He, too, had portrayed himself sitting in a rowing boat between huge ships. Walter Eisler used to live in Hamburg. During one of his brother's last visits, Johannes Heisig and his granddaughter actually went on a harbour tour there. Heisig's private and personal experiences collide with those of society.
Johannes Heisig's Hafenrundfahrt will be part of the exhibition Point of No Return at the Museum der bildenden Künste in Leipzig from .
Starting DIE GALERIE will also be hosting an exhibition with new works by Johannes Heisig.
Take note of both dates today and don't miss the exhibitions!