Scharein – Color field painting. 28.02-25.05.2016

After the great success in 2014, the GALERIE MESSMER has now for the second time the honour to exhibit impressive works by Günter Scharein. The Berlin artist’s colour fields allow visitors to immerse themselves in non-figurative colour-space surfaces consisting of light. Stroll through completely new worlds of being.

Born in 1949 in Lower Saxony, Scharein’s works today adorn the most important of all collections, such as the German Bundestag, the Daimler Collection and the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart. The speeches at his vernissages are given by popular personalities such as Dr. Gregor Gysi, among others, as was recently the case in the Berlin exhibition of the Sanofi-Aventis company – only Scharein’s paintings themselves are even more convincing.

The painter describes the color yellow as “bitchy,” thereby revealing the human aspect in his meticulous color studies. The emotional is indeed a main actor in Scharein’s works. The artist wishes “that the viewers with all their experience, sensuality, and spirituality” engage with his paintings.

At the same time, he proceeds with the greatest precision and accuracy to fathom the autonomous characteristics of each colour. The artistic process is based on the accurate application of tiny spots of colour. The pointilists already made use of the resulting effect. The minute dots blur before the eyes of the viewer into emotionally charged “colour landscapes”. Up to 17 different colored dots can be found on one (!) square centimeter.

These develop into large pulsating surfaces with a luminosity of almost unbelievable proportions. The works oscillate, vibrate and change depending on the light conditions and viewing angle. Scharein’s pictures live and radiate unbridled joy of life, vitality and variety. Let yourself be infected and enchanted!

SEO Room for you

The GALERIE MESSMER hosted a special guest this summer: the Korean artist SEO from Berlin. She is one of the stars of the contemporary art scene! Her works are a game of colours and perspectives that challenge the viewer’s sensations time and again.

Born around 1977 in Gwangju, in the province of Seoul, SEO moved to Berlin in 2001 to visit the University of the Arts. There she became a master student of Professor Georg Baselitz from 2003 to 2004.

In addition to top-class prizes such as the Beijing Art Award, the Leopold-Hoesch Museum’s Milestone, and the National Art Museum of China’s Award of Excellent Painting, SEO also received a scholarship as the best student at Cho-sun University.  She has already taken part in several biennials, such as the 54th Venice Biennial and the Animamix Biennial in Shanghai. Her works are already represented in important collections such as the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art), the Federal Chancellery, the German Embassy in Tehran and the Museo de Bellas Artes in Santander, Spain. There are also numerous solo and group exhibitions in major galleries and museums around the world, from New York to Berlin, from Beijing to Milan.

Finally, SEO describes her work as follows: “In my work, I have always focused on the theme of globalization and its impact on the environment, culture, and people. I use the techniques of collage, deconstruction, the construction of pictorial elements and motivs from Far Eastern and Western environments to approach the subject from different positions, both formally and in terms of content, while always working out the essence of things.

The exhibition of the Korean artist SEO in the GALERIE MESSMER was a great success. Mostly new works were shown, which had never been presented to the public before.

Marisa Ferreira Depth, space and colour

The last exhibition of the Portuguese Marisa Ferreira in the GALERIE MESSMER was completely sold out. Only 33 years old, the artist was already represented in many exhibitions from America to China. She is firmly established in the international art world. From 29.05.2016 her latest works will be shown again in Riegel.

Marisa Ferreira is present in many public places and collections with her large-format works. For example, there was a monumental installation on the façade of Oslo Central Station. Among the public collections in which Ferreira is represented is the Museum Stavager, Norway.

She combines the three main components of colour, form and space to create three-dimensional compositions. The viewer’s movement is challenged: only by walking around the work can the individual patterns and colour structures with their various facets be experienced sensually! The result is a space-time continuum that integrates the viewer’s point of view directly into the picture and thus goes beyond the passive visual encounter with the artwork.

Marisa Ferreira finds inspiration in scientific theories on human perception and phenomenology. In her works, which are mainly made of aluminium and plywood, she translates these into thematic sequences.

The art is inspired by Leonardo Fibonacci’s natural sequences of numbers. She remains true to her concept of “Zigzag” structures in her new works. They are also influenced by the ideas of the philosopher Maurice Merlau-Ponty and the German physicist Werner Heisenberg. Above all, Heisenberg’s model of quantum mechanics can be found in her expression of the space-time relationship. The works change according to the viewing angle. Thus the visitor becomes an active part of her work. Ferreira thus conveys social connections on the basis of Merleau-Ponty’s theses. It is emphasized that the individual subject is always in a very personal relationship to his environment and to his social environment.

Andre´ Evard Dreamscapes

AUSSTELLUNG: 20. NOVEMBER 2016 BIS 19. FEBRUAR 2017
VERNISSAGE: SONNTAG, DEN 20. NOVEMBER 2016, 11:00 UHR

The content of the paintings is often only revealed at second glance. Behind the breathtaking sunsets there are sometimes religious hints, as well as reminders of the transience of everything earthly.

The range of landscape depictions in André Evard’s work is enormous; the artistic development of this pioneer of modernism can be traced exemplarily in the works of the exhibition. Among Evard’s early paintings, for example, there are examples that are clearly influenced by Art Nouveau. Dreamy and ornamental images of real landscapes that captivate every viewer with their beauty.
This is followed by impressionist works that, like a snapshot, do not capture the landscape itself, but rather its impression in the eye of the beholder. The almost fleeting manner in which these works are painted reveals the painter’s interest in this completely new and revolutionary concept of painting.

The range of landscape depictions in André Evard’s work is enormous; the artistic development of this pioneer of modernism can be traced exemplarily in the works of the exhibition. Among Evard’s early paintings, for example, there are examples that are clearly influenced by Art Nouveau. Dreamy and ornamental images of real landscapes that captivate every viewer with their beauty.
This is followed by impressionist works that, like a snapshot, do not capture the landscape itself, but rather its impression in the eye of the beholder. The almost fleeting manner in which these works are painted reveals the painter’s interest in this then completely new and revolutionary concept of painting.

Doris Marten

The artist Doris Marten, who lives in Berlin, has made a name for herself in the past with numerous nationwide solo and group exhibitions and is now an integral part of the hotly contested art landscape of the capital.

Her abstract works, sensual compositions in fine tonal gradations, have a high recognition value. They captivate the observer as vibrating fields of colour and at the same time convey a great tranquillity despite all their movement. They captivate with their extraordinarily high precision as well as with their tender beauty and apparent fragility.

The GALERIE MESSMER presents an exhibition of 22 works from the series “Borderlines”, which has been created since 2012 and plays an important role in the work of the artist, who was born in 1971. It is constantly being supplemented by new works, some of which are now being shown for the first time as part of the “Linear Spheres” exhibition.

Mylène Mai Optical flow

From 7 May to 11 June 2017, GALERIE MESSMER presents 14 brand new and never before shown works by Mylène Mai. The expressive and captivating exhibits are paintings and sculptures at the same time and have a strong effect that the viewer can hardly escape.

Mylène Mai, a remarkable young artist with great potential, was born in France in 1988. Her works can be found in numerous renowned private collections. Her clientele is growing enormously fast and steadily, so that her last exhibitions were almost all sold out until her last work.

In her colour-intensive works, the humanities scholar, who holds a doctorate, is primarily interested in the pictorial realization of the relationship between external aesthetics and the emotions that they evoke in the viewer.
And they are indeed manifold: the sensations in experiencing these extraordinary works range from lively and dynamic to hypnotic and poetic, yet they elude any description. The emergence of their works is a process that demands a great deal of manual effort. Using various sharp tools, the young artist digs structures into thick plasterboard, the surfaces of which she then lavishly patinizes.

The monochrome works are kept in intense colours and live through the unique dynamics of the structures, which occasionally remind us of wind-whipped rain, swirling leaves, the bark of ancient trees or waves. In fact, Mylène Mai draws her inspiration from nature and uses only naturally occurring materials such as plaster and natural pigments.

The timefactor also plays a central role in the unmistakable art of the young Frenchwoman. Through artificial ageing processes, such as the simulation of signs of abrasion and wear on the surface of her works, she chooses a characteristic moment of patination for each work, which makes each work as unique as a fingerprint.

Sylvette David – The muse of Picasso

14.June 2017-12.July 2017

On the occasion of its 25th exhibition, the kunsthalle messmer is dedicating itself from 24 June 2017 to 12 November 2017 to women in the life of the great modernist painter Pablo Picasso. As inexhaustible sources of inspiration, they influenced his artistic oeuvre.

Some of Picasso’s companions were artists themselves, including the Frenchwoman Sylvette David (*1934). The artist met the then 19-year-old with the blond ponytail in spring of 1953 in Vallauris. The young girl was his model for many years. Within only three months he created his portrait series “Sylvette” with over 50 paintings and drawings of her, which made her world-famous. Well-known personalities such as Brigitte Bardot imitated her hairstyle.

The artist is now over 80 years old and renamed Lydia Corbett, She will present her own works in the GALERIE MESSMER, which have a clear stylistic reference to Picasso. Within her artistic oeuvre, she focuses on watercolour works and ceramics, whereby the motives deliberately float freely in space for the viewer. Marc Chagall’s reception is also immediately noticeable. Flowers in different shapes and colours appear again and again as a subject. The recurring adoption of religious elements also reveals her piety.

In this way he creates fantastic worlds full of light and shadow on the border between reality and fiction, in which the often undressed human figures wander about searching like scattered extras or seem to merge with the detailed pictorial ground.

Despite the withdrawn monochromy, Kirch’s works do not appear gloomy, but radiate a great calm and an unmistakable aesthetic. And the artist’s urgent message that “the one, absolute and universally valid reality” no longer exists in our world of digitization and networking.

Michel Kirch “The origin of light”

The world-renowned star photographer Michel Kirch presents a selection of his award-winning works in Germany for the first time in the GALERIE MESSMER!

Since January 2017, the long list of his international awards has also included the coveted “Best Monochrome Photographer of the Year” award. In March 2017 he won the “32nd Chelsea International Fine Art Competition (Manhattan)” and was awarded the “Creative Quarterly 2017 (Fine Art Professional)” prize. The list could be continued.

The artist, born in 1959 in Metz/France, creates impressive works, some of them monumental in size, that move beyond the conventional criteria of aesthetics. The haunting, almost disturbingly intense photographs immediately cast a spell over the viewer, triggering a veritable flood of emotions.

The main interest of the artist is not the documentation of real existing landscapes. He experiments with the subjective effect that his “inner landscapes, the geographies of the soul” trigger in the viewer.

The greatest and most exciting challenge for Kirch is the construction of a fiction from the building blocks and materials of reality – which he really succeeds in masterfully! He creates poetry from interwoven visual pictorial elements that seem surreal rather than unreal through the alienation of reality.

Kirch composes and constructs cryptic landscapes and partly apocalyptic urban sceneries, which he composes from various of his individual shots. He is always on the lookout for his “own version of reality”, a dream-like, almost mystical place hidden beneath the surface of the visible and tangible.

In this way he creates fantastic worlds full of light and shadow on the border between reality and fiction, in which the often undressed human figures wander about searching like scattered extras or seem to merge with the detailed pictorial ground.

Despite the withdrawn monochromy, Kirch’s works do not appear gloomy, but radiate a great calm and an unmistakable aesthetic. And the artist’s urgent message that “the one, absolute and universally valid reality” no longer exists in our world of digitization and networking.

Bernd Kirschner

The up-and-coming German artist Bernd Kirschner presented a selection of his new, atmospheric works in the GALERIE MESSMER! After numerous exhibitions in Berlin, Paris, Porto, Asia and the USA, Bernd Kirschner’s works are now finding their way to Riegel for the second time.

Bernd Kirschner studied fine arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart from 2000 to 2006 with study visits to Great Britain. He also received the Academy Prize in Stuttgart in 2002 and 2004. This was followed in the following years by many other prizes and scholarships, such as the Förderpreis der Stadt Konstanz, the Beijing Studio Scholarship, and the Atelierstipendium des Künstlerhaus Edenkoben. In 2015 he acted a guest lecturer in Huangzhou in China.

The artist was born in Memmingen in 1980 and now lives in Berlin, where his impressive paintings are created.

His works are mainly representational, with borrowings from metaphysical, surrealist painting and traditional Chinese painting. The motives of his acrylic and oil paintings range from peaceful, fantastic landscapes to mythological figurations behind discreet veils of mist. He also repeatedly picks up on the motive of water, which is supported by his fine palette of colours.

His aim in his paintings is not to be an imitation, but rather to be a premonition of reality and to precede it. The representations are always in the field of tension between illusion and reality.