It is time again for Linienspiel & Farbenrausch!
Thole Rotermund Kunsthandel is pleased to present an outstanding selection of works on paper in April 2023 in the joint exhibition Linienspiel & Farbenrausch together with Artcurial and Kunkel Fine Arts!
"Wäsche am Strand", Gabriele Münter's best-known colour linocut, was created in the early phase of her work during her stay with her partner Kandinsky in Paris in 1906/07. Münter's joy in experimentation and astonishing mastery of the linocut can be excellently traced in the example of our print. Our print is a precious rarity and is one of the most sought-after and rarest prints of modern art. Apart from the three copies in the Lenbachhaus in Munich, 13 others are known - each one unique in itself, as Münter combines up to six different colour blocks each time. This additionally lends the work a serial character reminiscent of Andy Warhol's famous silkscreens.
Look forward to the powerful "Selbstbildnis" by Max Beckmann from 1936: Beckmann is one of the most important German painters and graphic artists - as masterpieces of Expressionism, his paintings fetch record sums at auctions. And his drawings are also masterly, as our remarkable sheet impressively shows: The motif concentrates on the artist's face, filling the entire picture. Beckmann completely dispenses with the depiction of space or thematic context. He succeeds in creating an expression in a few lines through the spontaneously placed pencil alone, which makes his tension palpable.
Another treasure is the drawing "Ohne Titel" by Wassily Kandinsky, 1922! As one of the pioneers of pure, object-free drawing, he opened up the world of concrete art, committed only to its own expressiveness, with a few bold ink pen strokes, thus liberating it from its centuries-old orientation to the principle of likeness. For Wassily Kandinsky, detachment from reality and creation from pure imagination meant painting like a musician: in our sheet, the strong dots, the faintly drawn lines and geometric shapes and, above all, the crossed, strong diagonal line structures literally ring out!
In 1924 Fernand Léger, together with Man Ray, directed the futuristic film "Le Ballet Méchanique", which is considered the first film without a script. Inspired by the new pictorial experience of the close-up, Léger dissolves the reference of things, his objects act for themselves in space, freed from any gravity and develop an independent, plastic beauty. This is also the case in our characteristic pencil drawing "Ohne Titel" from 1930 with the accentuated contour lines typical of Léger. On the front of the sheet there is a dedication to Margaret Scolari (wife of MOMA's founding director Alfred Barr, with whom she also worked intensively). This drawing seems to be a harbinger for the first exhibition of Léger's work at MOMA, New York, later that year.
Linienspiel und Farbenrausch
18. - 22. April 2023
Sneak Preview: Dienstag, 18. April, 17 – 19 Uhr
Vernissage: Mittwoch, 19. April, 17 - 20 Uhr
Art Talk: „Insta, Apps & Co. – Kunstmarkt im digitalen Wandel”:
Donnerstag, 20. April, 18 Uhr mit anschließendem Cocktail bis 20 Uhr
Speaker: Catharina Recker (My Art Marketing), Johannes von Mallinckrodt (Collecto), Miriam Krohne (Artcurial), Alexander Kunkel (Kunkel Fine Art), Moderation Thole Rotermund