until 11.05. | #2405ARTatBerlin | Bermel von Luxburg Gallery presents from 28th March 2019 for the for the 1st year anniversary of the gallery the exhibition “Abstract Writing”. This special exhibition brings together renowned artists from Asia and Europe: Julius Bissier, Fred Eerdekens, Karl Otto Götz, Yuichi Inoue and Shiryu Morita.
Bermel von Luxburg Gallery cordially invites for the opening of the group exhibition “Abstract Writing” to discover the artworks by Julius Bissier, Fred Eerdekens, Karl Otto Götz, Yuichi Inoue and Shiryu Morita.
YU-ICHI (1916-1985) is one of the most important Japanese artists of the 20th century, whose name is mentioned in the same breath as Franz Kline, Robert Motherwell, Pierre Alechinsky, Henri Michaux. The critic Herbert Read mentions YU-ICHI in his book “A Concise History of Modern Painting”, in which one of his works is also depicted. Robert Motherwell describes him in his notes as one of the few great artists of the second half of this century.
Although his participation at the Documenta II in Kassel in 1959 and his participation in exhibitions in 1963 at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Kunsthalle Baden-Baden and in 1965 at the Galerie Zwirner in Cologne helped YU-ICHI to gain popularity, he did not exhibit regularly and concentrated his energy on his artistic work. An extremely self-critical attitude and evaluation of his works and the destruction of everything “inferior” led to his entire estate appearing in a three-volume catalogue of works.
YU-ICHI conveys his artistic energy through characters kanji, which he uses as a metaphor to communicate his artistic concern, his inner state. He is not interested in the aesthetics of the signs, but in concentrating on the free development of his inner power, which is expressed directly through writing. He overcomes traditional calligraphy in favour of radical expressivity. Early on he was internationally recognized as an artist as his participation in important exhibitions proves: documenta II, Kassel; National Museum of Modern Art, Tôkyô and Kyôto; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.
YU-ICHI is currently in the exhibition with the great informal artists of the 20th century Epic Abstraction. Pollock to Herrera. This exhibition can be seen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Works of art by Yuichi Inoue are also presented at TEFAF, which is one of the best art fairs in the world.
Bermel of Luxburg Gallery is proud to present a beautiful selection of works, mainly the artwork “Gaku” (1961) on loan for the exhibition “Julius Bissier and East Asia” at the Neues Museum Freiburg 2018.
A meeting marks the beginning of Bissier’s exploration of East Asia: in 1919 the young artist met the collector and art expert Ernst Grosse (1862-1927) and his Japanese wife Yasu (1890-1947). Through his large collection, Bissier came into contact with original works of art from Japan and China and took up these impulses in his artistic work. For Bissier, who from the 1930s was mainly interested in ink and calligraphy, East Asia was both a stimulus and a point of friction.
Bissier only achieved international fame in the late 1950s. In 1958 a large retrospective was dedicated to him in Hanover. During this period, Zen Buddhism and East Asian calligraphy received great attention outside East Asia – against this background, Bissier’s works, especially his inks, were also revalued and especially appreciated.
Bermel of Luxburg Gallery is pleased to present the famous Belgian artist Fred Eerdekens at Fasanenstrasse 29.
Eerdekens mainly works three-dimensionally with the components of language, material, light and shadow. His works are based on texts he writes himself. He often creates opposing ideas, sometimes words and meanings contradict each other, shift and turn around. His very sculptural work provides the impetus for a world that can only be experienced through words. In the shadow, where light fails, a story is often told of things that are missing, sometimes short, sometimes lyrical or longing.
In addition to these sculptural works, Eerdekens uses a variety of techniques and materials, mostly in watercolors.
Entering the art space of Fred Eerdekens transports the viewer into a semantic landscape in which what one has imagined to be stable meaning is constantly twisted and turned. Is there a better way to illustrate this than to let the audience “turn and turn” themselves to understand the objects? By screwing around the objects, they actually become direct figures of the logic game that dominates the objects. After the linguistic shift and in the wake of poststructuralist thinking, the topography of our mental landscapes has become increasingly complex. The work of Fred Eerdekens proves this and provides a conceptual map of this territory, still unknown in many places.
Karl Otto Götz
Karl Otto Götz (1914-2017) is one of the most important visual artists of post-war German history. He is regarded as one of the main representatives of the “German Informel”. In 1949 he was the only German artist to become a member of the “COBRA” artists’ group, founded in 1948, and thus maintained important contacts with the European avant-garde artists. From 1959 to 1979 he taught as a professor at the Düsseldorf Art Academy. Many German recognized artists on the international art market studied under Karl Otto Götz, among them Gotthard Graubner, Gerhard Richter and Sigmar Polke.
Morita Shiryū is one of the most important figures in Japanese contemporary calligraphy. Shiryū revolutionized the conventional thinking of traditional Japanese calligraphy, led the development of avant-garde calligraphy and spread it to an international audience. In 1952, Shiryū founded the Bokujin-kai group along with other like-minded calligraphers such as Yuichi Inoue. In addition, Shiryū initiated and edited the Bokubi magazine, which was of considerable importance in and outside Japan and had drawn great attention to Japanese avant-garde calligraphy. In the 1960s, he undertook an extensive trip to North America and Europe with lectures and demonstrations.
Bermel of Luxburg Gallery is pleased to show 2 paintings by Morita that were exhibited in 1970 on the occasion of the exhibition “Shiryu Morita at the Haus am Lützowplatz” in Berlin.
Shiryu Morita, KI (Tree), 1970
Bermel of Luxburg Gallery also invites you to celebrate the gallery’s 1st anniversary and would like to thank everyone for their incredible support. This event takes place on 28 March from 7 to 10 pm during the vernissage.
Vernissage: Thursday, 28th March 2019, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m., with celebration of the 1st anniversary of the gallery
Exhibiiton period: Thursday, 28th March – Saturday, 9th May 2019Zur Bermel von Luxburg Gallery
Image caption: Shiryu Morita, KI (Tree), 1970
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