Art Basel 2024

Art Basel 2024

 
 
DANIEL BLAU is pleased to present an exhibition of outstanding artists exploring the fissures at the hinge of humanity this year at ART BASEL 2024.
Interior and exterior, landscape and mindset, chaos and form: art thrives on tracing the dichotomies of our human existence in the world, and the mid-20th century found its great artists toying with and teasing out the creative potential of our fundamental conflicts with innovative and vibrant energy.

 

 
Fair Dates:

 
Vernissage:
Wednesday, June 12, 2024
5 pm – 8 pm
 
Public Days:
June 13 – 16, 2024
11 am – 7 pm

 

Booth E16
 
Messeplatz 10
4005 Basel
 

 
 


Spring & Walk 2024 “Jensen – Penck. Geometrie und Theorie in Farbe und Form”
Alfred Jensen – A.R.Penck. Geometrie und Theorie in Farbe und Form

Die diesjährige Frühjahrsausstellung von DANIEL BLAU präsentiert zwei Werkkomplexe der renommierten Künstler Alfred Jensen (1903 – 1981) und A.R. Penck (1939 – 2017). Beide sind bekannt für ihr abstraktes Kunstschaffen, das komplexe Konzepte und gesellschaftliche sowie philosophische Ideen vereint.
 
Klare Linienführung und starke grafische Präsenz prägen ihre Werke ebenso, wie ihre kraftvolle Bildsprache. Sie erzeugen sowohl emotionale, wie intellektuelle Resonanz.
 
Alfred Jensen, bekannt für seine abstrakten, geometrischen Werke beschäftigte sich intensiv mit mathematischen Theorien, Zahlensystemen oder Kalender-Konzepten, u.a. dem Maya-Kalender. Seine Bilder sind durchdachte Darstellungen von kosmischen Ordnungen und philosophischen Ideen, und zeigen auch seine Auseinandersetzung mit der Farbenlehre Johann Wolfgangs von Goethe auf. Intellektuelle Erforschung und Komplexität treffen auf farbintensive geometrische Formen. Eine Auswahl von pastosen Gemälden und Malereien auf Papier soll einen Überblick über das Schaffen eines der bedeutendsten Vertreter des US-amerikanischen Abstrakten Expressionismus zeigen.
 
A.R. Pencks acht-teilige Tusche-Zeichnungen „Serie E“ demonstrieren seine Vielseitigkeit in der künstlerischen Ausdrucksform. Die Serie entstand im Jahr 1969 und zeichnet sich durch ihre abstrakten und grafischen Elemente sowie der Farbwahl aus. Penck verwendet in dieser Serie oft einfache Formen, wie Kreise, Quadrate und Dreiecke. Der Buchstabe „E“ stand für Penck für Existenz und Einheit. In ihrer abstrakten Art bilden die Zeichnungen diese Symbolik ebenso ab. Bei genauerer Betrachtung sind alle Zeichnungen durch eine Zäsur in der Mitte des Blattes geteilt. So drückte Penck die Spannung zwischen Kunst und Gesellschaft aus. Auch die Beschäftigung mit politischen Realitäten seiner Zeit, wie der Teilung Deutschlands ist immer wieder Gegenstand seiner Werke.
 
Die Ausstellung präsentiert Werke der beiden Künstler und ihre einzigartigen Stile und stellt sie in einen faszinierenden Dialog, zwischen Farbe und Form, Geometrie und Theorie.
 

 
DANIEL BLAU’s spring exhibition this year presents two sets of works by the renowned artists Alfred Jensen (1903 – 1981) and A.R. Penck (1939 – 2017). Both are known for their abstract pieces which combine complex concepts and social-philosophical ideas.
 
Clear line strokes and strong graphic presence shape their work as much as their powerful visual language. They resonate emotionally as well as intellectually.
 
Alfred Jensen, known for his abstract, geometrical works, was focused intensively on mathematical theories, counting systems or calendar concepts – for example, the Mayan calendar. His pictures are considered representations of strange orders and philosophical ideas, and also exhibit his examination of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s teachings on color theory. Intellectual exploration and complexity meet vividly colorful geometrical forms. A selection of paintings in oil and on paper provide an overview of the works of one of the most significant agents of American Abstract Expressionism.
 
A.R. Penck’s ‚Serie E‘ – a series of eight ink drawings – demonstrate his versatility in artistic expression. The series was made in 1969 and is characterized by its abstract and graphical elements as well as its color palette. In this series, Penck often used simple forms such as circles, squares and triangles. The letter ‚E‘ stands, for the artist, for ‚Existenz und Einheit‘ or existence and unity. Equally, the pictures deconstruct this symbolism through their abstraction. Upon closer inspection, all of the drawings are divided through the middle of the page by a central caesura, used by Penck to express the tension between art and society. His occupation with the political realities of his time, such as the division of Germany, is also a recurring subject in his works.
 
The exhibition presents works by both artists and their respective stiles, placing them in a fascinating dialogue: between color and form, geometry and theory.

 
 
 
Exhibition Dates:

 

Spring & Walk

 
April 13, 2024
presented by Initiative Münchner Galerien zeitgenössischer Kunst
 
11am – 6pm | mon – fri
Maximilianstraße 26, 80539 München

 
 

SPECIAL GUIDED TOUR 5:

Saturday, April 13, 2024
 
Meeting point:
from 3pm at Daniel Blau, Maximilianstr. 26
 
Tickets:
from the guide
 
Duration:
approx. 2 hours
 
Costs:
15,- € per person
 
Registration required:
info@muenchner-galerien.de
Tel. +49 (0) 89 288 08 509
 
Find more information about guided tours here
 

 

 
 

Alfred Jensen (1903-1981), "Sun is the Hidden Number", 1965
Alfred Jensen (1903-1981),
“Sun is the Hidden Number”, 1965,
gouache on paper cotton board,
127,0 x 101,6 cm, © Alfred Jensen, courtesy Daniel Blau, Munich
Alfred Jensen – A.R.Penck. Geometrie und Theorie in Farbe und Form

Alfred Jensen – A.R.Penck. Geometrie und Theorie in Farbe und Form

Our next exhibition, Farbe und Geometrie (Color and Geometry), will begin on 26 March and feature eleven works: four by Alfred Jensen (1903-81) and eight by A.R. Penck (1939-2017). Both artists are known for their abstract pieces which combine complex concepts with social-philosophical ideas.
 
Jensen’s work was focused on mathematical theories, numeral systems, Goethe’s teachings on color or the Mayan calendar. His drawings and paintings are considered representations of cosmic orders and philosophical ideas.
 
In the eight ink drawings from the „Serie E“, Penck uses simple forms such as circles, squares and triangles. Upon closer inspection, all of the drawings are divided by a central caesura. The tension between art and society and Penck’s occupation with the political realities of his time, like the division of Germany, are palpable.
 
The exhibition places select works by both artists into a dialogue, between color and form, geometry and their theories and demonstrates their clear line strokes and strong graphic presence..
 

 
 
Exhibition Dates:
 
March 26 – May 7, 2024
 
11am – 6pm | mon – fri
Maximilianstraße 26, 80539 München

 
 

The works in the exhibition are for sale. Please contact us for availability and prices.

 

 
 

Alfred Jensen (1903-1981), "Hekatompedon Serie, 1965", 1965
Alfred Jensen (1903-1981),
“Sun is the Hidden Number”, 1965,
gouache on paper cotton board,
127,0 x 101,6 cm, © Alfred Jensen, courtesy Daniel Blau, Munich
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