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.
Roberto Matta, born in 1911 in Chile, is one of the most important and idiosyncratic artists of the 20th century. Matta, after completing his architectural studies in his homeland, came to Paris in 1933, where he worked in the studio of Le Corbusier and quickly established contact within the Surrealist circle. In 1938, he participated in the International Exhibition of Surrealism and, like many of his fellow painters, went into exile in New York in 1939.
Like André Masson and Max Ernst, Roberto Matta exerted significant influence on the evolving American Abstract Expressionism. In his paintings of the 1940s, he created interior landscapes – "inscapes" – featuring apocalyptic and cosmological panoramas of crystalline transparency. The work method that he developed at the time involved merging the Surrealist automatic structures and the color progressions of the background with a thus inspired and resultant apparitional, non-concrete scenery.