until 23.11. | #2226ARTatBerlin | Köppe Contemporary presents from 19th October 2018 the exhibition Idyll & Destruction by the artist Ulrich Baehr.
Born in Bad Kösen / Saale in 1938, the Berlin-based painter Ulrich Baehr celebrates his 80th birthday this year. 1958-65 Baehr studied at the College of Fine Arts Berlin (1958-65). He was co-founder of the legendary Berlin self-help gallery, Großgörschen 35 ‘. This was followed by scholarships and study visits in Paris, New York, Levanto (Italy) and Los Angeles. Ulrich Baehr taught at the Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig. After a visiting professorship at the University of the Arts in Berlin, he was until 2006 a professor of painting and art in the Public space in Hannover. In 2006 he received the German Critics’ Award.
“Ulrich Baehr’s historical paintings and the ‘German Toirsi’, with which he became known in the 1960s and 1970s, have inscribed themselves in art history,” writes the curator Beatrice E. Stammer. Such motifs were triggered, for example, by earth-shattering ship disasters. In the series ‘The Twentieth Century’, such dramatic subjects appear as ‘a dark summary of the twentieth century’ (Simone Reber). Some work from the series will be shown in the exhibition.
Ulrich Baehr’s landscapes – the gallery shows some of the motifs created in the Berlin area – make it clear that Baehr’s art concept is about more than cultivated scenic sensations of nature or the geographical recognition of lakes and forest scenes. Again, many motifs remain subtly connected with German history – such as the time of the Cold War. Even in seemingly deserted lakes, forests or Hills are signs of former military actions. But they draw their suggestive power from the painterly confrontation between realism and abstraction as well as from the energy of their color constellations. André Lindhorst, 2018
Opening: Thursday, 18th October 2018, 7 – 10 pm
Exhibition period: Friday, 19th October – Friday, 23rd November 2018Zu Köppe Contemporary
Image caption: Roofensee im März | 2015, Öl / Leinwand, 95 x 125 cm
Exhibition Ulrich Baehr – Idyll + Destruction – Köppe Contemporary | Zeitgenössische Kunst in Berlin | Contemporary Art | Exhibitions Berlin Galleries | ART at Berlin