Albert Oehlen, Selbstportrait mit Palette, 2005 © Albert Oehlen. Pinault Collection.

"Albert Oehlen" at Palazzo Grassi and "Albert Oehlen: Dancing with Myself" at Punta della Dogana, Venice, Italy.

On view starting April 8, 2018.

Palazzo Grassi welcomes a solo exhibition dedicated to Albert Oehlen while Punta della Dogana presents "Dancing with Myself," a collective show of works from the Pinault Collection conceived in collaboration with the Folkwang Museum in Essen, Germany.

Albert Oehlen’s solo exhibition at Palazzo Grassi is part of a cycle of monographic shows dedicated to contemporary artists—inaugurated in 2012 with Urs Fischer, and followed up with Rudolf Stingel, Irving Penn, Martial Raysse, and Sigmar Polke—presented alternately with thematic shows of works from the Pinault Collection.

Curated by Caroline Bougeois, the exhibition lays out a path dedicated to Albert Oehlen’s production through a selection of approximately 85 works, including some lesser-known ones, created between the 1980s and today. The works brought together come from the Pinault Collection as well as from other major private collections and international museums.

The unique exhibition path is not chronological but rather suggests a syncopated rhythm between various genres and periods, thereby underlining the central role played by music in the artist’s practice. Music emerges as a real metaphor of his work method, where contamination and rhythm, improvisation and repetition, density and harmony of sounds become pictorial gestures.

Albert Oehlen (1954, Krefeld, Germany) reveals himself to be a major figure of contemporary painting thanks to his artistic research in constant evolution, dedicated to experiments and to overcoming formal limits rather than to the subject represented.

The artist’s work has already be presented in exhibitions around the world, including at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana in 2017, the Cleveland Museum of Art in 2016, the New Museum in New York in 2015, the Kunstmuseum in Bonn in 2012 and the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in 2009. The show in Venice is his largest monographic one to date.

Curated by Martin Bethenod, Florian Ebner and Anna Fricke, the collective exhibition "Dancing with Myself" at Punta della Dogana stems from the collaboration between the Pinault Collection and the Folkwang Museum in Essen, where a first version of the show was presented in 2016.

"Dancing with Myself" faces the primordial importance of the artist’s role as actor and material of his own creations, from the 1970s to today. The exhibition brings together a great range of artistic practices and languages (photography, video, painting, sculpture, installation…), cultures, geographic origins, generations and experiences, to establish a tension between extremely different artistic approaches: melancholy of vanity, ironic play with identity, political biography and existential questioning, the body as sculpture, effigy or fragment of its symbolic substitute.


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