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From 19 June 2022, the KUNSTWERK Sammlung Klein will present a solo exhibition of works by the Irish-American artist Sean Scully (*1945 in Dublin), who is one of the most important painters of his generation internationally. Under the title Bodies of Color, around 35 paintings, pastels and drawings as well as a sculpture made of coloured Murano glass will be presented.

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What shapes the radiance of Sean Scully’s work, both in his artistic position and in its illustrative reception, is the enlivening, almost animating of abstract painting by sensually conveyed, emotional and spiritual content. Since the 1980s, his paintings with orthogonally aligned forms have been characterised by a gestural signature. Blocks and strips of colour, applied in layers with a broad brush and oil paint wet-on-wet, reveal a painting process that is directed towards a specific harmony of colour: the kind of sound that makes the painting the pictorial equivalent of existential experience.

The emphasised flatness and frontality of Sean Scully’s paintings defies the traditional notion that a painting offers insights into a fictitious, illusionistic world. His works, on the contrary, have a physical presence in real space. Further promoted by the strategy of the “inset” or the picture-within-a-picture concept, Scully’s paintings take on an object-like character and develop references to the sculptural.

The exhibition’s sculpture Venice Stack, which rises on a square ground plan, illustrates that reciprocal relationships develop in the process. Related to the artist’s Landline paintings, horizontally stacked blocks of coloured Murano glass give rise to a body of light that, with painterly qualities, refers beyond what is directly seen to the transcendent.

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LOOKING BACK AT HÄNGUNG #24

Vertauschte Köpfe

In the exhibition Vertauschte Köpfe (Transposed Heads), KUNSTWERK Sammlung Klein in Eberdingen-Nussdorf is displaying central groups of pieces and current works by Andreas und Konrad Mühe. Examining the connecting link in the obviously different, this is the first joint project produced by the brothers, who live in Berlin.

PREVIEW OF HÄNGUNG #25

From 19th June 2022 KUNSTWERK Sammlung Klein presents a solo exhibition with pieces by Sean Scully (*1945 in Dublin), internationally one of the most important painters of his generation. Presented under the title Bodies of Color, it comprises around 40 paintings pastels and drawings as well as a sculpture in coloured Murano glass.

CATALOGUE VERTAUSCHTE KÖPFE

The catalogue for the Vertauschte Köpfe (Transposed Heads) exhibition shows various chapters as “books in the book” and thus summarises various perspectives in the cooperation of the two brothers. Two series of images in the works by Andreas and Konrad Mühe are surrounded by literary texts by Monika Maron and Karsten Ehlers as well as an article by journalist and freelance writer Kito Nedo on pieces by both artists. A comic, which is based on texts by Annegret Hahn and illustrated by Gregor Hinz, has also been included: an imaginary journey by “Biber” (Andreas Mühe) and “Gabel” (Konrad Mühe) along the timeline of their family history.

The catalogue, published by Jovis, is available both at KUNSTWERK and in bookshops.

Format 20.5 x 27 cm
500 pages, 200 colour illustrations
German / English

GUIDED TOURS

Guided tours every first Wednesday of the month at 3 pm and every first and third Sunday at 11.30 am and 3 pm. Public tours generally last one hour. Application is not required. Participation fee: 5 Euros.

Guided Tours in June and July

Wednesday, 22. June | 3 p.m.
Sunday, 26. June | 11.30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Sunday, 3. July | 11.30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Sunday, 17. July | 11.30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Wednesday, 20. July | 3 p.m.

Tours for private groups can be given even outside of the opening hours. Group fee (max. 15 participants): 80 Euros.
Information and application: kunstwerk@sammlung-klein.de or +49 (0) 7042-3769566.

INSIGHTS

Alison and Peter W. Klein have exhibited their art collection in the museum designed by Folker Rockel since October 2007.