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natura naturans / The Nature of Art
Norbert Bisky, Michael Sailstorfer, Alicja Kwade, Annette Kelm, ...
curated by Maria Vassileva
19.12.2018 - 02.02.2019
born 1970 in Leipzig, Germany
lives and works in Berlin, Germany
Norbert Bisky, born in Leipzig in 1970 is ranked among the best-known german painters of his generation. Since the late 90’s Bisky has attracted worldwide attention with his large scale canvases and a body of work that defies discursive interpretation and springs from various art-historical sources. Thematically his work revolves around topics such as sexuality, disaster scenarios and destruction. In the process, fragments of human bodies and figural elements disperse into abstract spaces and forms, while soft pastel shades encounter bold, vibrant colours. Norbert Bisky’s paintings are characterised by a certain presence, a special dynamic. His watercolours on the other hand, seem playful, put on paper with a light touch and a lucid chromaticity. Oftentimes groups of male nudes are positioned in front of abstract forms, which evoke associations of beaches and the seaside. Due to the inclusion of white image space, these works, often rendered in small format, create an impression of effortless ease. The individual figures are not fleshed out in detail, but rather hinted at in sketches, through virtuosic gestures. Norbert Bisky handles his media of choice in an excellent manner and with great precision, creating a strong narrative connotation, whose brilliance and mastery is unparalleled. Born in Leipzig in 1970, Norbert Bisky is one of the most renowned German painters of his generation. His works have been shown in many international solo and group exhibitions, amongst others in the Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland; in Haus am Waldsee, Berlin; in the Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga, Latvia; in the Kunsthalle Rostock; in Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin; in Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin; in the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel; in Maison Rouge Paris, France, und at the Beijing Biennial, China. His works are amongst others part of the following public collections: Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA; Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Southkorea; Kunsthalle Rostock, Germany; Museum der Bildenden Künste, Leipzig, Germany; Sammlung Deutsche Bank Frankfurt, Germany; Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, USA; Le FNAC Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, France.