Art Karlsruhe 2024
Galerie Rothamel - Art Karlsruhe 2024
February 22 - 24, 2024
Hall 1 / A 24 and sculpture square Hall 1 / B26
Karlsruhe Trade Fair Center, Messeallee 1, 76287 Rheinstetten, Germany
Preview on Wednesday, February 21 from 2 to 7 pm.
Thursday to Saturday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday: 11 am to 6 pm.
The longing for stories is back. For us, the current edition of Art KA 2024 is all about narrative, storytelling art: painting, photography, sculpture and ceramics. All of the artists presented are masters of the means of their respective medium and convey substantial content in their works. The narratives are extraordinarily multifaceted, reach deep into art history and are at the same time highly topical.
Götze describes his art as German Pop and dates its roots back to the Humanist art of the 16th century. He has created one of the most extensive artistic
oeuvre of our time: Paintings, architectural artworks, enamels, mosaics, sculptures, objects, drawings and graphics.
He created new screen printing techniques and renewed contemporary enamel painting.
Grita Götze creates ceramics whose quality confidently transcends the boundaries of applied art: her painting is virtuoso, her technical perfection enormous. Works by the artist can be found in collections such as the August Kaestner Museum in Hanover, the Badisches Landesmuseum in Karlsruhe, the Kunstmuseum Moritzburg in Halle, the Kunstgewerbemuseum in Berlin and the Museum Ludwig.
"Anyone who wants to experience how beauty and the image of nature can mutually enhance each other in the artistic object will find fascinating visual models in Grita Götze's ceramic works. With the gesture of the self-evident, usability and decoration, vessel form and ornament are in perfect harmony in these objects."
The artist works on these vessels for weeks. They are the visible luxury of time at rest. Self-will and an astonishing degree of mastery are her unique selling points. There is no squinting to the side. This is a splendor that does not care in the least about concepts, trends, innovations and all the other current affairs.
In 2024, we will be celebrating Caspar David Friedrich's 250th birthday. Many contemporary artists have explored this great role model, but probably none as intensively as Hiroyuki Masuyama. Consequently, Masuyama is in great demand this year: he is exhibiting at the Hamburger Kunsthalle, the Bundesrat, the Alte Nationalgalerie and the Pommersches Landesmuseum in Friedrich's hometown of Greifswald. And of course with us!
Hiroyuki Masuyama focuses on space and time. He condenses their presence and flow into overwhelming yet subtle works.
For Masuyama, art is a great adventure and freedom beyond all limitations of space and time: he shows us places where all seasons reign at the same time. He proves that you can see something from all sides at the same time. He cycles through an entire year in one minute and lets us float freely in space.
A whole series of time travels leads Masuyama to Caspar David Friedrich. Using hundreds of photographic images, Masuyama recomposed the works of the great Romantic artist and allows us to experience their fascination anew in a contemporary form.
"The time levels merged in this way make it clear once again: art only ever has one present. It is the one in which thinking about it takes place." Michael Freitag
Dana Meyer's "South Pacific Expedition" has already lasted several years. To date, it has yielded a rich collection of fictitious metal insects, which the artist classifies, stores in antiquated jars and labels neatly. She lists numerous South Sea islands as the places where she found them, dating them to the first decade of the twentieth century.
Nguyen Xuan Huy
One of the most exciting positions in contemporary painting is represented by a man born in Hanoi. His works are nothing less than a proposal for a new European art. He often makes his statements in the form of mythological, philosophical or literary parables. Transcending the avant-garde, he builds a bridge from classical European art to the visual culture of the present. His paintings are cultivated and at the same time unsparing analyses of the current state of our continent and its inhabitants.
Nguyen Xuan Huy was born in 1976. He studied at the Hanoi School of Architecture, at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Bordeaux and received his diploma in painting at the HfKD Burg Giebichenstein in Halle in 2003. He lives and works in Berlin.
"Bags and acrylic on canvas" is how Thitz describes the material structure of his paintings. Vivid, tangible, immediate testimonies to a world steaming with vitality. "If you really want to paint big cities, you must not depict an imaginary city, but try to paint the perceived experience itself, with all the noises, noise, dust and smells. An infinite amount of information fits into one second of a city - I mean this city, these are my inner images," Thitz postulates.