until 10.10. | #2853ARTatBerlin | Crone Berlin shows from 12th September 2020 the exhibition “In Times Like These” by the artist Otto Zitko. The interview with the artist in the context of Gallery Weekend 2020 and background information on his work can be found on DEEDS.WORLD.
As part of this year’s Gallery Weekend, the gallery invites to the opening of the first solo exhibition by the Austrian artist Otto Zitko. Under the title In Times like These, Zitko will present a series of new, not yet shown works on aluminum.
Otto Zitko has achieved renown primarily through his in situ, monumental room drawings. He put his brush aside as early as the 1980s and has since then developed his formal language using the line. With an oil crayon, charcoal, or painter’s roller, he applies lines to aluminum panels, paper, and cardboard or continues them into a room.
The lines, which were still filigree at the beginning, have in recent years developed into ever wider strips of color and impenetrable surfaces. For the exhibition In Times like These, Zitko creates an orchestrated color experience in which the inherent radiance and light effect of the colors come into their own in an impressive way.
The works, with their expressive gestures and their suggestive colors, serve as a mirror of external and internal movements. The performative act of the creation process is stored in the network of lines and made visible through them. Similar to a seismograph, the traces on the white background record the physical and mental condition of the artist and directly reflect his moods and observations. They become a memory of the past weeks, as Zitko experienced, felt, and perceived them.
Otto Zitko was born in Linz in 1959 and studied at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. His monumental room drawings can be found on the walls of museums, restaurants, churches, and other institutions around the world. In 2001, he created a wall piece in the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Berlin, and in 2009 he realized a temporary room drawing for the Hamburger Bahnhof / Neue Nationalgalerie. His works have been and can be seen in numerous international art institutions and biennials, including in the Art Museum of China, Beijing, the Museum of Modern Art, Mexico City, the SMAK, Gent, the Museum of Art, Tucson (Arizona), Kunsthalle, Bern, the Secession, Vienna, in Manifesta, St. Petersburg, at the Triennale India, New Delhi, the Albertina, Vienna, and in the Deichtorhallen, Hamburg.
Vernissage: Friday, September 11, 2020, 4 – 9 p.m.
Exhibition dates: Saturday, September 12 – Saturday, October 10, 2020To the Gallery
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