At the heart of this exhibition planned for winter 2013/2014 stands Jean-Honoré Fragonard, not the painter, but the draughtsman. The works on paper will be enriched by a select handful of paintings that will reveal the links between his graphic and painterly works. Fragonard (1732–1806) is considered one of the finest French painters of the 18th century, and the art of drawing occupies a central role in the work of this exceptional artist.In both his nature studies and freely invented or literary-inspired scenes, Fragonard developed a pictorial idiom entirely of his own, which made use of both painterly and graphic elements and elevated unworked sections of bare paper into a core compositional element.
Franz Ackermann (b. 1963 in Neumarkt St. Veit, Bavaria) is one of the most innovative and internationally acclaimed contemporary artists. His large-scale paintings and installations, as well as small-format works on paper are characterised by strong colours, explosive forms and an inexhaustible wealth of complex pictorial structures.
For the Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Franz Ackermann has created a work, comprising 18 pieces, which he conceived especially for the display cabinets in the study room at the Kupferstichkabinett. Surrounded by historical cabinets filled with illustrated books, prints and drawings which span five centuries and have been categorised and archived according to scientific criteria, his labyrinthine, and seemingly chaotic compositions will create an impressive contrast to the art-historical “survey of the world”.
Powerful, colourful and humorous – these three words best describe the large-scale acrylics, collages and drawings by Munich artist Alexandra Huber.
Her world of simple, reduced figures is reminiscent of the art pioneered by Jean Dubuffet, known as Art Brut, which was primarily modelled on the spontaneous and direct artworks of children. Alexandra Huber is an acute observer of scenes from everyday life, moods and dreams. Viewers can often surmise the message of her works from theirtitles which are usually ambiguous. Alexandra Huber’sdepictions always incorporate pictorial and,at times, sarcastic word plays.
Alexandra Huber combines a variety of painting and drawing techniques in her art, which are an excellent source of inspiration for creating your own works of art here at the Kunsthalle. Aside from painting, you cantry out different ways to illustratewell-known sayings.