We presented the Spanish sculptor Samuel Salcedo for the first time at the Galerie Robert Drees four years ago. The response to his small hyperrealistic figures, the multi-part objects and the over-life-sized face-shaped sculptures at that time was enormous; their quality was enthusiastically received by our visitors. Samuel Salcedo trained at the University of Barcelona and later spent several guest semesters in England at Manchester Metropolitan University. While the artist initially focuses on painting, his many years working as an assistant to Jaume Plensa, one of Spain’s leading contemporary sculptor, lead to a reorientation of his own work in this direction. His oeuvre is characterized by its striking technical execution and his own very personal mixture of humorous lightness and profound contents. His virtuoso dealings with very different materials – ranging from bronze and wood to modern industrial materials – is similarly characteristic of his artistic work. Please look forward to the spectacular large-format sculptures as well as the quiet contemplative works on show in our exhibition. This “rock star” of Barcelona’s young sculptural scene is a master of both.
Thursday, May 26, 2016, 7 p.m
Marc Wellmann, artistic director of the »Haus am Lützowplatz«, Berlin
Stefan Kauffungen (Zurich, CH) – Objects
Parallel to our exhibition of works by Samuel Salcedo we will be presenting the Zurich painter Stefan Kauffungen in our OUT-LOOK space. A teacher at Zurich’s Hochschule der Künste, his tranquil concrete works dissect classic panel painting down to its individual components, projecting the layer of paint that usually lay two-dimensionally on the support into the space. As such, “depth” is no longer suggested by means of illusionistic painting but unfolds rather in an equally ingenious and subtle architecture of built monochromic color fields.
Duration of exhibition:
May 27 – July 9, 2016
Wednesday – Friday 10 a.m. – 6.30 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The gallery is closed from July 11 to 31, 2016. We will be back for you on August 2, 2016.