post-title Ab van Hanegem + Christian Pilz | Escaping the Dichotomy | Galerie Gilla Lörcher | 29.04.-01.07.2023

Ab van Hanegem + Christian Pilz | Escaping the Dichotomy | Galerie Gilla Lörcher | 29.04.-01.07.2023

Ab van Hanegem + Christian Pilz | Escaping the Dichotomy | Galerie Gilla Lörcher | 29.04.-01.07.2023

Ab van Hanegem + Christian Pilz | Escaping the Dichotomy | Galerie Gilla Lörcher | 29.04.-01.07.2023

until 01.07. | #3898ARTatBerlin | Galerie Gilla Lörcher shows on 29. April 2023 (Opening: 28.04.) the exhibition „Escaping the Dichotomy“ by the artists Ab van Hanegem und Christian Pilz.

Galerie Gilla Lörcher is delighted to enrich Gallery Weekend Berlin 2023 with the exhibition “Escaping the Dichotonomy”. The labyrinthine in the incredibly detailed, finely chiselled drawings of Christian Pilz and the complex architecturally constructed structures in the works of the painter Ab van Hanegem make this exhibition decidedly eventful. Encountering these two very different and at the same time obviously related formal languages in one exhibition is an inspiring challenge for the viewers, which they are best advised to actively meet. They will be able to wander endlessly through the works with their eyes.

In her text on the work of the draughtsman Christian Pilz, Manuela O’Connell writes: “The abundance of detail challenges the viewer to look more closely. His works reveal a technical skill that does not suggest that the artist works with graphite in only one degree of hardness. With his precision, he opens up millennia of culture and history to the viewer as a shifting play of order and chaos that seems to continue into infinity in the drawing.”
“In my more recent works,” writes Ab van Hanegem, “the spatiality is no longer clearly oriented towards the traditional perspective, i.e. horizon and vanishing point, but rather I use isometric perspective. The dimensions in my work are difficult to identify. I focus on spatiality, which is inspired by phenomena of topology, a branch of mathematics. My latest works are mainly expressionistic, with the material playing a greater role within the process of creation, but at the same time they are architecturally constructed. For me these ‘impossible structures’ represent special fields, you could call them ‘thinking spaces’. Fields that you can wander through endlessly, not only with your eyes, but also mentally.”

Christian Pilz is creating a large-format wall drawing especially for the exhibition. In addition, numerous of his recent small-format drawings are presented. Ab van Hanegem’s most recent works on paper and canvas can be discovered.

Dutch artist Ab van Hanegem (born 1960 in Vlissingen, NL) studied at the St. Joost Academy of Fine Arts (Breda, NL) and at the Imperial Academy of Fine Arts (Amsterdam, NL). He lives and works in Vlissingen and Berlin. Ab van Hanegem was awarded the Vordemberge-Gildewart Foundation Scholarship and the Charlotte Köhler Prize. In 2021 he received a grant from the Mondriaan Fund and in 2022 he was nominated for the Haus am Kleistpark art prize. His work has been exhibited in numerous international institutions and galleries, including. at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL; Drawing Center New York, US; Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, NL; Centraal Museum Utrecht, NL; Museum De Beijerd, Breda, NL; Museum Wiesbaden, D; Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, D; Kunstmuseum Heidenheim, D; Clemens Sels Museum, Neuss, D; Rathaus de Paauw, Wassenaar, NL; Kunstverein Malkasten Düsseldorf, D; Kunstverein Koelnberg, Cologne, D; Tekengenootschap Pictura, Dordrecht, NL; Galerie Art & Project, Slootdorp, NL; Vous etes ici, Amsterdam, NL; Galerie Gilla Lörcher, Berlin, D. He has already presented his work at Art Cologne, Art Brussels, POSITIONS Berlin art fair and art Karlsruhe and is represented in several collections, e.g. KPN, Mondstudio, Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Centraal Museum in Utrecht, Collection Sanders in Amsterdam and Bouwfonds Nederlandse Gemeenten.

The German artist Christian Pilz (born 1978 in Ascot, UK) lives and works in Berlin (D). Pilz studied at UdK Universität der Kuenste, Berlin and was a master student of Leiko Ikemura. He has been awarded numerous scholarships and prizes, including the Clara-und-Eduard-Rosenthal-Stipendium für Kunst, Jena (2010), the Märkische Stipendium, Iserlohn (2009); the Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral, Bad Ems (2016/2017); a scholarship from the Stiftung Kunstfonds, Bonn (2011); a scholarship from the Kunststiftung NRW (2019/2020) and was honoured with the Cranach-Stipendium, Lutherstadt Wittenberg in 2021.
His drawings have been shown in numerous museums, institutions and galleries: Cranach Foundation, Wittenberg (D); Kunstmuseum Moritzburg, Halle/ Saale (D); Museo Nacional de Arte La Paz (BOL); Museo de Arte del Banco de la República, Bogotá (COL); Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven (D); Villa Massimo, Rome (IT); Villa Rosenthal, Jena (D); Kunstmuseum Bonn (D); Kulturstiftung Sparkasse Unna (D); Kunsthalle Recklinghausen (D); Marta Herford, Herford (D); Städtische Galerie, Wolfsburg; Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg (D); Guardini Stiftung Galerie, Berlin (D); Kunstverein Ahlen (D).

Opening: Friday, 28. April 2023, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm. 

Exhibition dates: Saturday, 29. April – Saturday, 1. July 2023

Extended Gallery Weekend opening hours: Saturday, 29. April + Sunday, 30. April 12:00 noon – 6:00 pm.

To the gallery


Caption: Courtesy of Galerie Gilla Loercher.

Exhibition Ab van Hanegem + Christian Pilz – Galerie Gilla Lörcher | Zeitgenössische Kunst in Berlin | Contemporary Art | Ausstellungen Berlin Galerien | ART at Berlin

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