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Until May 21, 2018 New Painting in the Collection

Through the 1990’ new expressive and new figurative painting experiences a renaissance.

The artists working with these themes works tradition-bound and with attention on the expressive options of the painting. Fundamental artistic problems are therefore again become parts of the agenda. Especially the relation between the surface and the space of the painting, between figuration and abstraction, form and colour, writing and gesture. 
Tal R (born 1967), Jonathan Meese (born 1970) and Daniel Richter (born 1962) are all working with this new painting. Their respectively praxis is characterized by a material and direct approach to the painterly act, where the brushstrokes witness of both an intuitive as a careful and detailed work. All three artists’ expression is sometimes violent and pastose but is often balanced with classical or pattern compositions and a sometimes surprisingly exactness.    
In connection to contemporary painting it is often said, that the painting has entert a ’post-conceptual’ phase. That means that the painting refers to a line of historical style features and ideas of art. In the same way contemporary painting often takes up motives and issues from popular culture. Finally the wish of material authenticity often involves alternative practice and materials as those we normally connect with painting. This could be photography, texts, collage and varied forms of graphic techniques 
By extending the form of the media and the content in that way, the contemporary painting points out relevant social and ideological themes, and raises questions of identity concerning where the individual and its place in the world.  
In other words the contemporary painting places itself in a deliberated ambiguous position between historical styles and material combinations and between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ taste. This also means that an equivalent position comes to existence around the role of the artist, which becomes ambiguity and chancing. Often we experience that there is a lot of humor and existential passion on the go in the works of Tal R, Jonathan Meese and Danbel Richter    

The versatile artistic practice of Jonathan Meese (b. 1970) contains numerous references to mythology, popular culture and the taboo sides of Germany’s past, in particular. Meese distorts all consensual norms, creating absurd reflections of our historical reality; but at the same time, he demonstrates that art encompasses within itself a liberating potential for the individual. 


Daniel Richter (b. 1962) is one of the key figures in German contemporary art. With a background in the 1980s anarchist punk movement, his paintings portray the modern living conditions of human beings on the edge of society. The mass media’s pictorial reality, sex, violence and political conflict are his most important focal points, on which Richter works with insistent nerve and edge. 


Tal R (b. 1967) is one of the most significant artists of his generation. He exudes an apparently inexhaustible source of creativity and offbeat narrative. Tal R creates paintings, sculptures, graphics and ceramics, which beneath their apparently harmless surface contain insightful and imaginative interpretations of the suppressed sides of life.