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.

Adriano Piu – Movimento Interlocutorio

In 2015, Arte produced a broadcast about Adriano Pius´ series Interlocutory Movement (Modular Movable Artworks), which attracted great attention in the art scene. The renowned Italian artist has been exhibiting his impressive and unique works with great success throughout Europe since 1990. From 10 December, Piu will be presenting a large selection of moving images as well as admirable stainless steel and cast bronze sculptures at the GALERIE MESSMER. Pius’ works are characterised by their unique poetic formal language and dynamic materials. He is rightly regarded as one of the most important representatives of kinetic art.

This unique series of moving pictures is the focus of the exhibition in the GALERIE MESSMER and you are cordially invited to experience the kinetic works. The exhibition in the gallery is an excellent complement to the current exhibition in the kunsthalle messmer “Licht und Bewegung”, in which four of Piu’s works can already be seen.

Piu was born in Friuli in 1954. He started painting early and already in the 70s his first exhibition took place in which his own expressive pictorial language could be seen. In the 90s Piu focused intensively on forms and materials. The artist also began to express the sculptural objects in a different way. For this purpose the artist worked with various materials such as iron, aluminium, bronze and wood. His initial stainless steel sculptures were uniquely developed through his constant experimentation. Adriano Piu takes part in numerous renowned international art fairs and his works can be seen in the collections of important public institutions as well as in private collections in Switzerland, Germany, France and Belgium.

Reinhard Roy

Reinhard Roy, born in 1948, is an internationally established artist of concrete-constructive art. He has had solo exhibitions all over the world, including in the USA, Hungary and Brazil. He is represented in more than 66 collections, including the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, the Museum Ritter, the Albertina in Vienna and the Warsaw National Museum.

The artist has been dealing with the form of the circle for decades. In his oeuvre, the circle often appears in its most minimal form – as a dot – but also as a virtual spatial phenomenon. It is astonishing that all works refer to the basic form of the circle and yet remain very varied. For several years Reinhard Roy accompanied the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, who is regarded as a pioneer of modern Brazilian architecture.

“An interesting life and encounters with Oscar Niemeyer.”

Oscar Niemeyer, born 1907 in Rio de Janeiro, where he died in 2012 at the age of 104, is one of the most creative architects of the 20th century.

He was the architectural creator of the capital Brasilia, but was also internationally successful, including the construction of the UNO building in New York together with Le Corbusier. In 2013, his architectural drawings and plans were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Ana D’Apuzzo

8. April 2018 – 8. Juli 2018

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Ana D’Apuzzo

Ana D’Apuzzo, born 1978, is a painter, architect and designer. After finishing school, she studied contemporary architecture and art in Lisbon. The UK PhD scholarship, which she subsequently received, encouraged the young artist to continue to engage with art, architecture and fashion – in theory as well as in practice. Since then she has been working with digital media, oil on canvas, acrylic and water colours and pastel colours. She has received several international awards and since 1992 her works have been presented in exhibitions worldwide, including in the USA, Serbia and Japan.

The GALERIE MESSMER shows about 30 works of the artist, which cover the last six years. Due to the light colours and the characteristic style, the works appear at first glance like watercolour or pastel paintings. But they are exclusively oil works.

All the works of Ana D’Apuzzo have a tendency towards aesthetics and harmony. The artist draws her inspiration from interdisciplinary fields: She draws inspiration for her work from nature, science or even a simple play of light, but also from certain people, such as Nikola Tesla, inventor, physicist and electrical engineer of the 20th century. Ana D’Apuzzo wants to create “useful” works of art; they should make viewers happy.

“Life is precious and beautiful,” says the artist, who wants to make this message clear in her harmonious works.

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  • Born 1978 in Krusevac, Serbien
  • 1989–1997: School for talents “Milo Milunovic”, Krusevac, Serbien
  • 1997–1998: School for talents “Sumatovacka applied art school”, Belgrad, Serbien
  • 1998–1999: ARCO Art Academy, Lissabon, Portugal
  • 1999–2004: Faculty of Technical Sciences (FTN), Universität von Novi Sad, Serbien
  • Juni 2004: Master Degree in Architecture an der FTN, Serbien
  • 2004–2006: Magister-Study in Architecture, Universität von Novi Sad, Serbien
  • Juli 2011: Opening of her studio „Studio d’arte e architettura“ in Ascona, Schweiz
  • 2016–2017: Chair of Architecture and Philosophy of art uat the Harvard Graduate School of Design, USA
  • 2017–2018: Chair of Design und Fashion-Philosophy, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA


Important awards:

  • Finalist in “Perspective Mag Award – 40 Under 40 Creatives”, Hong Kong, 2017
  • Saatchi Art “Artist of the Day”, London, UK / Santa Monica CA, USA, 2016
  • Finalist in “The Plan Awards – Special Projects”, Mailand, IT, 2015
  • First Place des “Lelo UnDesign Award – Painting”, Hong Kong, 2014
  • Finalist in “The Art & Science competition”, Los Alamos NM, USA, 2011
  • Finalist in “Prix Emil Hermes”, Paris, FR, 2010
  • Finalist in “Create the Void”, Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA, 2010
  • First Price of the “Pittori in piazza a Caviano”, APST, CH, 2010
  • Finalist in “Black&White by Coco Chanel”, Ringstraßen Galerien, Wien, A, 2010
  • Special Price for architecture in “BID Zone Krusevac – Mercy Corps”, USA, 2003
  • First Place in “Red Cross Art Contest”, Jugoslawien, 1990

Soloexhibitions (Selection):

2018: Enlightening, Akita Museum of Art, Aikita, Japan
2017: Life sensations 3, S-PAL, Sendai, Japan
2016: Life sensations, Nanshoso, Morioka, Japan
2016: Life sensations 2, Kawatoku, Morioka, Japan
2012: 3D Body Art and Fashion, Ascona, Switzerland
2011: 3D Body Architecture, Ascona, Switzerland
2013: Sketch., Fordham University Center Gallery, New York, USA
2012: 3D Body Architecture², AIST Waterfront, Tokyo, Japan
2011: Face the Architecture, Ascona, Switzerland
2010: National Theater, Novi Sad, Serbia
2008: Oktobersalon, Krusevac, Serbia
1997: Gymnasium Gallery Krusevac, Serbia

Groupexhibitions (Selection):

2016: TAE Foster Pride – Trygve Lie Gallery, New York NY, USA
2016: I.M.Kolarac – The Music Gallery, Belgrade, Serbia
2015: Perspective 2015 – MiCo, Milan, Italy
2014: Art Takes Miami, SCOPE 2014, Miami Beach, FL, USA
2014: Snap to Grid, LACDA, Los Angeles, USA
2011: Drawing Connections, Siena Art Institute, Italy
2011: Art calls Miami, SCOPE Gallery, Miami, USA
2010: Tourist Center, Vira, Switzerland
2004: Multimedia Fair, Novi Sad, Serbia
1998: ARCO gallery, Lisbon, Portugal

Marisa Ferreira – Urban Landscapes

After two successful and sold out exhibitions of her works in the GALERIE MESSMER, she now presents old and new works which emphasize the importance of architecture in her work in her third solo exhibition in Riegel .

GALERIE MESSMER GALERIE MESSMER Marisa Ferreira, Urban Series I, Acryl on Aluminium, 2014 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019 Marisa Ferreira, Urban Series V, Acryl auf Aluminium, 2016, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019 Marisa Ferreira, Urban Series I, Acryl on Aluminium, 2014, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019 Marisa Ferreira, Roof Series – Black, Powder Coated Steel, 2019 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019 Marisa Ferreira, Expanded Series Blue – II, Powder Coated Steel, 2018 Expanded Series Blue – II, Powder Coated Steel, 2018 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019

The young Portuguese is now very present internationally in the art world and is attracting attention with her installations in public spaces. Her interactive installation “Shall we dance?” was featured in The Guardian newspaper in August 2018 as one of the 10 best landscape art installations worldwide.

Ferreira’s works are always characterized by rich colors and geometric forms, two components that she combines in large-format, color-intensive installations to create three-dimensional, kinetic compositions. While her earlier works concentrated particularly on the harmonious interplay of geometry and color, her new works focus on industrial ruins as well as abandoned objects and their past.

“Everyone has their own subjective views and feelings about the city as a landscape. Urban landscapes are both an expression of identity and a means of shaping the relationships of those who inhabit them. The city is subject to constant change”.

Marisa Ferreira

The exhibition is open from 24 February to 21 April.

SCHAREIN – The power of colours – from 28 April to 30 June 2019

For the third time already, the Berlin artist SCHAREIN returns to the GALERIE MESSMER after the great public successes of 2014 and 2016. Born in Bassum in 1949, Günter Scharein gave up his teaching career in 1988 and has been working successfully as a freelance artist ever since. In addition to numerous solo exhibitions, his works are also represented in numerous public collections such as the German Bundestag, the Hoppe-Ritter Collection, Daimler, Pietzsch, IBM, Piepenbrock and the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart.

The intense colours that SCHAREIN skilfully combines interlock with harmonious colour gradients and create calmly pulsating depths as well as shimmering fields of light. With an immense amount of work, the result is highly nuanced colour tones interwoven with light, of spherical abstraction, dynamic and almost floating.

His paintings require an intensive examination of the power of colours and their individual properties, especially with regard to their miscibility. Even the slightest mistake can lead to an optical break in the finely graduated colour gradients. Only by studying the respective colour family, which SCHAREIN examines, can he fathom out its specific qualities and use them in a targeted manner.

Mylène Mai – Hypnotic Lines

07.07.19 until 09.06.19

The international well-known artist Mylène Mai exhibits once again at the GALERIE MESSMER. Her works made of natural materials were represented here already in 2017.

From 07 July 2019, the works of the young French artist will be on show in the exhibition “Hypnotic Lines”. In May 2019, the artist already presented her works with great success in the renowned exhibition Révélations under the dome of the Grand Palais in Paris.

Since 2014, the autodidact, who holds a doctorate in the humanities, has been exhibiting successfully in numerous international galleries and is represented in renowned private collections both in France and abroad.

Mai’s monochrome works are paintings and sculptures at the same time due to their elaborately created surface structure.

Mai gets her inspiration from nature. The artist orchestrates and animates the stiff material plaster through sweeping, organic lines and edges, which remind of the bark of trees or moving sea grass. Using sharp tools, the young artist digs structures into thick gypsum boards, the surfaces of which she then painstakingly and individually patinates. Each work is therefore as unique as a fingerprint.

Manfred Fischer – In Reflection

From the middle of October you can visit the fascinating works of the German artist Manfred Fischer in the GALERIE MESSMER. Born in Münsterwald in 1950, the artist first studied Law in Marburg, then after his first state law examination, he changed to study at the Berlin University of the Arts (Universität der Künste Berlin).

He completed his art studies in 1981 as a graduate from the master class. Since 1987 he has taught at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin as well as at the TU Braunschweig. His works are presented in numerous solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. Fischer’s works are represented in many public and private collections, such as in the collection of the Federal Collection of Contemporary Art or the Volkswagenwerk.


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In the 1970s, Fischer was influenced by the style of „Berlin Realism“, but in the 1980s he developed his own expressive-dynamic style that broke away from the pure realism of the previous decade. Even today, his works are characterized by expressive brushstrokes. A central motive of Fischer’s work is the human head. Fischer uses it as a symbol of human dreams and desires, but also for deeper and hidden emotions. In a complex process of colour drifting and grading, he works layer by layer to remove the motive of a head from its dynamic imagery, thus he provides a metaphor for the human’s expression into sensations and associations.