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Home arrow ART arrow Borderless territory. Penetrating layers of art
Borderless territory. Penetrating layers of art
Written by Mariachiara Marzari   
giovedì, 05 aprile 2018

albert-oehlen-10.jpgWhy are exhibition at Palazzo Grassi always so semantically original? It must be for the humbling, monumental space around us that channels us into the very peculiar perspective created by head curator and top expert of the Pinault Collection, Caroline Bourgeois.

 

 

Cows by the Water is the largest monograph ever produced in Italy on German artist Albert Oehlen (Krefeld, 1954), opening on April 8. Eighty-five pieces created over several decades, the 1980s to the present day, that belong to François Pinault’s own collection and to other collections and museums. “Albert Oehlen is an artist that loves to persist. If we see the same themes over and over again, it is because he fleshes them out, he tests them, he questions and treats them in a different fashion every time” says Bourgeois. A constantly evolving research on the limit of forms, rather than on the subject itself of any given piece of art.

 

Oehlen treats abstraction as gesture, or geometry, superimposed on a figurative layer. “In my work – explains the artist – I surround myself with the scariest paintings. I mean it. I see pieces of obnoxious ugliness that at the very last minute, as if by magic, turn into something beautiful.”

Albert Oehlen created a personal language out of the piled-up debris of an epoch.
 

«Albert Oehlen. Cows by the Water»
8 April-6 January 2019

Palazzo Grassi, San Samuele - Venice
www.palazzograssi.it