‘Reise ans Mittelmeer – Daniel Buren, Balthasar Burkhard, Jason Martin’
Reise ans Mittelmeer Daniel Buren, Balthasar Burkhard, Jason Martin
9 Jul—14 Aug 2021

Reise ans Mittelmeer Daniel Buren, Balthasar Burkhard, Jason Martin

9 Jul—14 Aug 2021
Buchmann Galerie
Press release

Buchmann Galerie is pleased to announce the exhibition Journey to the Mediterranean Sea with works by Daniel Buren, Balthasar Burkhard and Jason Martin.

 

The works of the three artists, working in different media, take viewers on an associative journey to the sea.

 

Since Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's stays in Italy between September 1786 and May 1788 and his travel diaries, written between 1813 and 1817, or Johann Gottfried Seume's travels through (Southern) Europe at the beginning of the 19th century and their media treatment in the form of his popular books, the transfiguration of the Mediterranean region north of the Alps has begun. The works in the exhibition create an echo chamber of this European dream, of the often utopian transfigured place of the Mediterranean.

 

The exhibition invites the viewer to trace the subtle references to this place of longing in the works of the participating artists - although it should remain open whether these are intentional or occur through the interpretation of the viewer.

 

Daniel Buren's work Westwind consists of 6 narrow long flags, woven with the famous 8.5cm wide white stripes that make the French artist's work unmistakable and with which he revolutionized painting in the late 1960s. Moved by fans, they flutter gently in the wind.

 

This vent d'ouest becomes figurative in Balthasar Burkhard's photographic work Himmel (Sky): darkly brooding clouds cover the entire picture surface. Without a horizon line and working with strong contrasts of bright white to dark black, Burkhard brings the work to the edge of legibility.
The second work is a wave dissolving in the spray. Sibylline in their ambivalence toward the sea and nature, these black-and-white photographs on baryta paper by the Swiss photographer, who died in 2010, have an air of serenity. The image of sea spray in coarse-grained black and white is reminiscent of Gustave Courbet's paintings of breaking waves, such as Die Woge (The Wave) from 1869 in the Städel collection. Here, the natural force of the sea appears, which, for all its idyll, also harbors danger.

 

With their refined colors, sensual textures, and confident facture, the polychrome works of the British painter Jason Martin, who has studios in London and Portugal, appear at first to reflect mainly on painting itself. The surface of the painting Untitled (Mixed white/Brilliant yellow deep/Caribbean blue) was treated by the artist with custom-made brushes in such a way that the spatial impression of a wave may be created. Together with the delicate works on paper, whose colors evoke the water, the sand and the blazing sun, a tableau of the manifold sensual impressions of the Mediterranean Sea opens up.

 

With generous support by Stiftung Kunstfonds / Neustart Kultur.

 

For more information, please contact the gallery at any time.

‘Reise ans Mittelmeer – Daniel Buren, Balthasar Burkhard, Jason Martin’

Daniel Buren

Born 1938 Boulogne-Billancourt. Lives and works in situ.

Grants and Awards
2007 PRAEMIUM IMPERIALE AWARD 2007 - FOR PAINTINGS
The Japan Art Association, Tokio

Solo Exhibitions

2022
2020
2019
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005
2002

Group Exhibitions

2020
2019
2018
2017
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005

Balthasar Burkhard

Jason Martin

Born 1970 in Jersey, Channel Islands, UK. Lives and works in London and Melides, Portugal.

Education

1990–93 BA (Hons), Goldsmiths, London, UK

1989–90 Foundation Diploma, Chelsea School of Art, London, UK

Grants and Awards

2000 ‘Premio del Golfo’, Biennale Europea di Arti Visive, La Spezia, Italy

1999 Prizewinner, John Moores 21, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK

Solo Exhibitions

2021
2020
2019
2018
2017
2016
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004
2003
2002
2000
1999
1998
1997
1996

Group Exhibitions

2021
2020
2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004
2003
2002
2001
2000
1999
1998
1997
1996
1995
Selected Collections

Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY, USA

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, UK

Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Malaga, Malaga, Spain

Collection Group e Lhoist, Brussels, Belgium

Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO, USA

Deutsche Bank Collection, UK

Es Baluard Museum, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris, France

Government Art Collection, UK

Jersey Museum, Jersey, Channel Islands, UK

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC, USA

Institut Valencià d'Art Modern, Valencia, Spain

Museum of Contemporary Art, Salzburg, Austria

Kunsthalle Weishaupt, Ulm, Germany

Museo de Bellas Artes de Asturias, Oviedo, Spain

Museum of Modern Art, La Spezia, Italy

NatWest Art Collection, UK

Saastamoinen Foundation, EMMA Museum, Espoo, Finland

Sara Hilden Art Museum, Tampere, Finland

Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany

Städtische Galerie Nordhorn, Germany

The Schaufler Foundation, Sindelfingen, Germany

Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, Austria

Wurth Collection, Kunzelsau, Germany