This online exhibition gathers works from some of the most important names from the contemporary art scene, which are represented in the Swiss bromer art collection. The selection displays works by artists such as Gerhard Richter, Günther Förg or Damien Hirst, that have excelled throughout time with a consistent body of work that renders them the status of icons of contemporary art. Next to them, we are presenting works by Tauba Auerbach, Walead Beshty and Jonathan Meese – a group of young but well established positions in the global art scene. All the works can be viewed live in the gallery by previous appointment.
Gerhard Richter – 9 Objekte, 1969
In 1969, Gerhard Richter created this series of nine offset prints on cardboard, based on photographs of self-made wooden objects. They depict geometric wooden constructions that appear as impossible objects with visual illusions that seem at first unfathomable to the viewer. In an interview in 1972, the artist expressed his view on the relationship between reality and deception: "I do not distrust reality, of which I know next to nothing, but the image of reality that our senses impart to us and that is imperfect ..." - Gerhard Richter, Text 1961 bis 2007. Schriften, Interviews, Briefe, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walter König, Köln 2008, p. 60.
Günther Förg – Ohne Titel, 2000
From the 1990s, Günther Förg began to create large-format window and grid paintings with hastily drawn brushstrokes of nuanced and faded colours on canvas and paper. These works have to be read in terms of geometrical architectural structures. Through his grid paintings Förg delves into the concepts of construction and organization, illustrating the essence of order and rational harmony that rules modern architecture. With the repeating lines and patterns of his paintings, Förg adds a conceptual layer to the formal abstraction of his architectural photographs.
Damien Hirst – Billy Mill Roundabout, undated
For his series of spin drawings, Hirst attaches copper plates to a spin machine installed in his studio and carves them with needles, screwdrivers and other sharp tools. This creates the concentric circular motive of the etchings, which he later reworks with drawing material. As a source of inspiration were long exposure shots, which Hirst had taken from the night sky, showing the stars in abstract patterns. Billy Mill Roundabout is one of the 23 etchings from the first volume of In a Spin, the Action of the World on Things.
Jonathan Meese – HALLO, BEWURSCHTL' DEIN BUSINESS A LITTLE FRESH, 2014
Jonathan Meese – DER ERZFRISCHESTE MARMORIERTESTE CHEF "ZUKUNFT" MURMELT "GEH WEG", 2013
Jonathan Meese’s large format paintings take up the tradition of German Neo-Expressionism and Viennese Actionism to embody powerful images full of symbols and references. Through multi-media paintings that often include collages and writings, Meese invokes German historical figures such as Wagner or Hitler, Hollywood actors and comic figures. In a very personal style, Meese presents his chaotic and obsessive worldview on matters such as war, social disenchantment or the meaning of art.
Tauba Auerbach – A Half Times A Half Times A Half (Coarse) / A Half Times A Half Times A Half (Fine), 2008
Already in the cryptic work title "A Half Times A Half Times A Half (Coarse) / A Half Times A Half Times A Half (Fine)" of the print graphics created in 2008, the artist Tauba Auerbach challenges the logical and linguistic systems of our everyday understanding. The work is defined by a rectangular white area which is arbitrarily filled with small colourful squares. Based on the standardized inks cyan, magenta, yellow and black, and their overlappings in the four-colour process printing, results in a total of seven possible colours. With this work Auerbach explores a new poetic level in the standardized printing process, which is used in almost all modern techniques for creating coloured illustrations.
Walead Beshty – FedEx (...), undated
Out of interest in how art objects gain importance through their context and travel, Walead Beshty first began producing his famous FedEx works in 2007. These are composed of glass or copper items that are packaged in standard FedEx freight boxes which are shipped around the world with FedEx's Express Service. The packaging is part of the work as well as its sculptural content. Also the FedEx consignment notes, customs documents and all shipping labels are considered part of the work.
The glass works are shipped unprotected, so that the signs of wear from their transport routes becomes visible. With his FedEx works, Beshty creates installations that are organized around their traffic and manifest visually through their movement from one place to another.