until 16.02. | #2257ARTatBerlin | Galerie Barbara Thumm shows from 10th November 2018 the solo exhibition The Tranquility of Peace of Mind by the artist Valérie Favre.
Galerie Barbara Thumm is pleased to announce the exhibition “Die Ruhe der Seelenruhe” (“The Tranquility of Peace of Mind”) by Valérie Favre. This is the artist’s fourth solo exhibition at Galerie Barbara Thumm since 2008.
Valérie Favre’s current paintings continue her themes of the artist’s authority and aura in society and the traditional ascription of gender roles, topics she has been exploring for many years through ever-new pictorial programmes and groups of works. The comédie tragédie of human existence – captured in myth, saturated by literature, philosophy, film and art history – now forms the focal point of her visual language.
The new paintings are constituted by an interior that lies somewhere in between a ballroom and a dollhouse. It simultaneously conveys absence and presence as well as stillness and communicative festivity through its gestural, pastose presentation on the one hand and the bright white of its colouring on the other. It is thus perhaps reminiscent of a Strindbergian dinner party.
Inspired by the painting “Letzte Generalversammlung der Eidgenössischen Bankanstalt” (“The Last General Meeting of the Swiss Bank”, 1966, Centre Dürrenmatt, Neuchâtel) by Friedrich Dürrenmatt, who lived in Valérie Favre’s home town of Neuchâtel, she refers to key artistic positions of the early 20th century, from time to time quoting the paintings and symbolism of Pierre Bonard and James Ensor as well as Odilon Redon to negotiate issues that are topical in the present day and age. For Valérie Favre, who also works in the fields of sculpture and drawing, painting is a sensual medium; it is a technique through which she can circle around and conceptually explore the issues she seeks to investigate.
b. 1959 in Biel/Bienne, CH
Since 2006 professor for painting at the Universität der Künste, Berlin
Lives and works in Berlin
Solo exhibitions (selection):
Neue Galerie, Gladbeck, DE (2018); Musée d’art et d’histoire de Neuchâtel, CH (2018); Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zürich, CH (2017); Von der Heydt-Kunsthalle, Wuppertal, DE (2016/17); Musée d’Art moderne et contemporain de Strasbourg, FR (2015); Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, DE (2013); Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, Paris (2012); Kunstmuseum Luzern, CH (2010); Susanne Vielmetter Projects, Los Angeles, USA (2008); Musée de Grenoble, FR (2007); Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, DE (2006)
Group exhibitions (selection):
Surrealismus Schweiz, Aargauer Kunsthaus, CH (2018), Pissing in a river. Again!, Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Berlin (2018); Museum für Neue Kunst, Freiburg (2017); La Maison Rouge, Paris, FR (2015); Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, FR (2012); Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, IL (2012); K21, Kunstsammlung NRW, Düsseldorf, DE (2010)
Carré d’Art – Musée d’art contemporain, Nîmes, FR
Centre National d‘art et de Culture Georges Pompidou, Paris, FR
Deutscher Bundestag, Berlin, DE
Fonds Municipal de la Ville de Paris, FR
FNAC, Paris, FR FRAC, Auvergne, FR
FRAC, Ile-de-France, FR
Kunstmuseum Luzern, CH
MACVAL, Vitry-sur-Seine, FR
MAMAC, Nice, FR
Ministère de la Culture Fond national d‘art contemporain, FR
Musée de Picardie, Amiens, FR
Musée national d’Art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, FR
NBK, Berlin, DE
SBS Schweiz, CH
Opening: Friday, 9th November 2018, 6 – 9 pm. The artist will be present.
Exhibition period: Saturday, 10th November 2018 – Saturday, 16th February 2019 – (Winter Break: 22.12.2018 – 07.01.2019)Zur Galerie Barbara Thumm
Image caption: Valérie Favre, Am Tisch, 2018, Öl auf Leinwand / Oil on canvas, 130 x 170 cm – Courtesy the artist and Galerie Barbara Thumm – Photo: Uwe Walter
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