Summer Exhibition 2018

Preview Friday, 27 July 2018, 5pm

28 July to 26 August 2018, daily 4 to 7pm

Rebecca Warren

Preview Friday, 27 July 2018

Günther Förg

With Works by Günther Förg from the Friedrichs Collection

Preview Friday, 27 July 2018, 5pm

28 July to 26 August 2018, daily 4 to 7pm

Jérémy Demester

Preview Friday, 27 July 2018, 5pm
28 July to 26 August 2018,
daily 4 to 7pm

Rebecca Warren

Preview Friday, 27 July 2018, 5pm

Bibliothek
Günther Förg

With Works by Günther Förg from the Friedrichs Collection

Preview Friday, 27 July 2018, 5pm
28 July to 26 August 2018,
daily 4 to 7pm

Mats Gustafsson
Sofia Jernberg
Erwan Keravec

Solo & Group Concerts
27 and 28 July 2018, from 5pm

Jérémy Demester

Preview Friday, 27 July 2018, 5pm, 28 July to 26 August 2018, daily 4 to 7pm

 

Jérémy Demester explores the nature of art and its relation with the founding myths of our world: symbolism, energies, alchemy, fate as well as sacred representations. His paintings and sculptures can never be taken at surface value as they are always layered with diverse, and sometimes cryptic, meaning. Demester's work often is the result of collaborations (with craftsmen, children, scientists, philosophers and friends, who form what he names La Demestria), and thus opens itself to the world.

For the exhibition hall in Weidingen, Demester presents an altar of an imposing scale that combines several techniques dear to the artist. When closed, the altar alludes to the artist's series Vins d'Anjou, a group of works that deal with the reproduction of the colour of blood before oxidation. Running through our veins, blood can change from bluish to yellowish, sometimes nearly translucent, nuances. Only when in contact with air does it turn into the deep red that became its main attribute. The metallic outer surface of Demester's altar diffuses colour as opposed to canvases that tend to absorb it. The inside of the altar is covered by a vivid application of bright yellow, orange, red and blue paint. Reminding of flickering flames the brushstrokes spread over the entire surface of the triptych, introducing the viewer to a dreamy, expressive landscape.

In reference to his nomadic roots, Demester describes himself a gypsy painter, a quest for identity underpins his work. As the descendant of a wandering ancestry, Demester is influenced by a wide variety of cultures and traditions. It is also an inherited Wanderlust that drew the artist to Africa in 2015, where he was invited for a residency at the Zinsou Foundation in Benin. During the residency in Cotonou, he discovered an alternate way of connecting to the world, through the power of magic, rituals and dances inspired by a keen observance and insightful knowledge of nature as well as of the spiritual world. He eventually returned to Benin in 2018 where he completed several new works that will also be on view for the first time in Weidingen.

 

VIDEO: ARTIST TALK

Rebecca Warren

Man and the dark, 2016, is a large-scale bronze and steel sculpture consisting of three main elements. The first is a pair of naked legs in full stride in high, heavy shoes. The shapes are broad, curvaceous, cartoonish. The surface is worked, thumbed, and pocked, suggestive of shimmer or some elemental exposure. Supporting this is a platform on bronze-cast wheels set at various angles, oddly, and with some pathos, counteracting the forward momentum of the legs. The third element is a high and imposing, stepped steel block, painted in a glossy milk chocolate brown, which raises the legs up to and above eye- level. Warren says of the work that she had in mind a kind of “Boccioni-type repeat form”, with the sculpture “mixing the competing trajectories and energies of human effort and folly”.

The British artist Rebecca Warren (born 1965 in London) makes sculptures, assemblages and construc- tions in a variety of materials including clay, bronze, steel and neon. She has said about her work that “it comes from a strange nowhere, then gradually something comes out into the light. There are impulses, half-seen shapes, things that might have stuck with you from decades ago, as well as more recently. It‘s all stuff in the world going through you as a filter...”

Bibliothek Günther Förg

With Works by Günther Förg from the Friedrichs Collection

Preview Friday, 27 July 2018, 5pm
28 July to 26 August 2018, daily 4 to 7pm

Günther Förg (1952–2013)

This year, Bibliothek Günther Förg will present three works by Günther Förg from the private collection of Brunhilde and Günther Friedrichs. Throughout his life, Günther Förg has built several, practically identical libraries in his studios and apartments in Switzerland and Germany. The Stiftung zur Förderung zeitgenössischer Kunst in Weidingen acquired one of these libraries with approximately 3,000 books. The newly constructed building is situated in the old inner part of Weidingen and provides space for exhibitions, reading and the library itself.

Alongside two of Förg's architecture photographs, depicting Mies van der Rohe's renowned Barcelona Pavilion, a large painting will be on view that is considered part of his so called grid paintings. An icon of Modernist abstraction, the grid – in some cases tight, in others airy – appears freed from artistic dogmas in Förg’s practice, often conjuring a window, and marks the artist's ongoing engagement with the physicality of an artwork as well as architectural structures.

Mats Gustafsson
Sofia Jernberg
Erwan Keravec

Solo & Group Concerts
27 and 28 July 2018, from 5pm

VIDEO: ONE MINUTE CONCERTS at Bibliothek Günther Förg
VIDEO: GROUP CONCERT