The Düsseldorf artist Simon Halfmeyer occupies himself conceptually with the dialectic of untouched and fabricated nature. The student of Bogomir Ecker and master student of Raimund Kummer outlines buildings, lanterns and staircases – as elements of the urban world – with clear, reduced ink lines and contrasts them with graphically suggested, uncontrolled exotic growth. Extending beyond the scope of genre and format, plants and skyscrapers proliferate up to the ceiling in these works that are often drawn direct on the wall. Halfmeyer employs such diverse mediums as works on paper, collages and objects in order to blur the relationship between the two and three dimensionality. The result is a stimulating play with spatial dimensions and the viewer’s perception; the medium of drawing is expanded into an experience space. Numerous exhibitions in recent years demonstrate the considerable institutional recognition of his work. We are pleased to be able to show graphic works and two wall drawings conceived especially for our spaces. A special highlight will be the large-scale space object entitled »Ich war noch nie in Herrenhausen« (I was Never in Herrenhausen,” referencing one of Hannover’s most important attractions.
Thursday, March 30, 2017, 7 p.m.
Dr. Fritz Emslander, deputy director ot the Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen
Axel Ankalm (Berlin) – Sculptures
We are pleased to be able to present the winner of the 2017 Berlin Art Prize awarded by the Akademie der Künste in our OUT-LOOK space: Axel Anklam. This prestigious prize honors a sculptor whose development we have followed over the course of recent years and presented in a 2013 double exhibition together with Matt McClune. The career of the Berlin-based artist has developed enormously since then. Axel Anklam’s sculptures fascinate the viewer with their clarity and power. Dynamic and softly flowing passages follow each other, generating tension-filled forms. The artist prefers transparent or opaque materials: stainless steel nets, epoxy, latex. Metal casings are covered with shimmering surfaces. Shifts in light lead to ever new and different perceptions. We are presenting recent works by the artist in the OUT-LOOK space and new outdoor sculptures in the courtyard.
Duration of the exhibition:
March 31 – May 6, 2017
Wednesday – Friday 10 a.m. – 6.30 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Or by appointment.
Please note: The gallery is closed for Easter from April 14 to April 17, 2017.