Albert Oehlen

TRANCE (solo show)
Aïshti Foundation, Beirut
22 October 2018 - End of September 2019

Albert Oehlen, installation view, Aïshti Foundation, Beirut, 2018. Photo: def image. Courtesy of the artist and Aïshti Foundation, Beirut
Albert Oehlen, installation view, Aïshti Foundation, Beirut, 2018. Photo: def image. Courtesy of the artist and Aïshti Foundation, Beirut

Aïshti Foundation is delighted to present Trance, an exhibition in three parts where Albert Oehlen plays simultaneously the role of the artist, the curator and the collector.

One of the most respected painters today, Albert Oehlen has explored the possibilities of painting since the 1980's, constantly questioning its methods and means through an ever-evolving style and technique. At the core of his practice are the limitations he imposes on himself as a point of departure, in order to have 'something to push against' and thereby expand and redefine our understanding of painting.

Oehlen's practice began with figurative paintings, which were defying the context of the 1980's were minimal and conceptual art prevailed. His provocative position, subjects and manner have been linked to the notion of Bad Painting throughout the early 1980's alongside artists such as Werner Büttner and Martin Kippenberger. Oehlen has moved towards abstract painting in the late 1980's, continuously redefining his own vocabulary. His first abstract paintings were notably followed by black and white computer-based paintings, collaged canvases with fragments of advertising posters and paint applied on top, Fingermalerei (Finger Paintings) in the 2000's and paintings fully covered with poster cutouts. The survey exhibition ranges from early figurative works from the 1980's till his 2018 series on a bright yellow background. Many of the works on display in the building designed by David Adjaye are monumental in scale.

The works demonstrate Oehlen's creative strength, seemingly questioning the legacy of the anterior generation of artists such as Gerhard Richter and Sigmar Polke who, like Oehlen, innovated and redefined painting.

Highlights of the show include the artist’s own version of the Rothko Chapel that features large rectangular collages, serving as a critique of our consumer societies, along Tree Paintings and Elevator Paintings.

Dialoguing with Oehlen works, pieces from his personal collection gathering artists he admires such as Martin Kippenberger, Daniel Richter or André Butzer are presented alongside works from Elham and Tony Salamé's collection which include works by Richard Prince, Christopher Wool, Etel Adnan, Fouad Elkoury, Franz West and Jana Schröder in a group show curated by the artist himself. 

Aïshti Foundation, Beirut


Albert Oehlen

UNFERTIG (solo show)
Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, St. Gallen
6 July - 10 November 2019

Das Trio Kippenberger, Büttner, Oehlen stand am Beginn einer Malerei, die sich als „bad painting“ genüsslich gegen modernistische Zwänge und eine neue Lust nach „wilden“ Bildern auflehnte. Die Ausstellung im Folkwang-Museum, 1984, Wahrheit ist Arbeit wurde zum Manifest, wobei Oehlen sich mehr für die Malerei interessierte, die ab da zum eigentlichen Thema seiner Arbeit wurde. Albert Oehlen (*1954 Krefeld) studierte in Hamburg bei Claus Böhmler und Sigmar Polke. Von 2000 bis 2009 hatte er eine Professur an der Kunstakademie Düsseldorf inne. Mit seiner Frau Esther Freund und seiner Tochter Maya lebt er seit 2002 in Gais. Er ist der Region dadurch eng verbunden – und dies ganz natürlich, parallel zu seiner globalen Ausstellungspraxis als einer der bedeutendsten Vertreter experimenteller Malerei.

Sein enger Bezug zur Musik und zahlreiche Kooperationen sind bezeichnend für sein Schaffen. Seine Bilder mit figurativen, abstrakten und computerbasierten Elementen sind von einer lockeren Distanziertheit, die nicht selten einen bissigen Humor verrät. Seine weite Perspektive und seine Innovationsfreude sind sprichwörtlich. In diesem Sinne wird Albert Oehlen für die Lokremise ein Projekt entwickeln, das auf ganz neuen Arbeiten basiert, die auf Materialien von 1981 ruhen.

Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, St. Gallen

Albert Oehlen

Jonathan Meese, Albert Oehlen, Daniel Richter. Works from the Hall Collection (group show)
Hall Art Foundation | Schloss Derneburg Museum, Holle
April - October 2019

Albert Oehlen, Conduction 11, 2011. Courtesy Hall Art Foundation © Albert Oehlen
Albert Oehlen, Conduction 11, 2011. Courtesy Hall Art Foundation © Albert Oehlen

The Hall Art Foundation is pleased to announce a group exhibition, Jonathan Meese, Albert Oehlen, Daniel Richter: Works from the Hall Collection, to be held at its Schloss Derneburg location. Organized in collaboration with the artists, the exhibition will include over fifty paintings, sculptures and works on paper by Jonathan Meese, Albert Oehlen and Daniel Richter from the Hall and Hall Art Foundation collections.

Hall Art Foundation

Albert Oehlen

Hyper! A Journey into Art and Music (group show)
Halle für Aktuelle Kunst, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg
1 March – 11 August 2019

Albert Oehlen, Schuhe, 2008. Photo: Jörg von Bruchhausen © Albert Oehlen/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
Albert Oehlen, Schuhe, 2008. Photo: Jörg von Bruchhausen © Albert Oehlen/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019

Sound, vision, film, a destroyed piano: What happens when musicians make use of ideas and strategies from the art world? And what kind of pictures result when painters are influenced by music? To be interested in other people’s lives, to follow the unknown, to copy it, to use it in one’s own work – in short, to cross-map between the worlds of music and the visual arts: this is the subject of the exhibition HYPER! A JOURNEY INTO ART AND MUSIC curated by Max Dax, the former editor-in-chief of Spex and Electronic Beats.

The exhibition at the Deichtorhallen Hamburg and the accompanying program of musical events at the Elbphilharmonie includes more than 40 international artists and musicians who explicitly work between ​​the disciplines of art and music and – often unnoticed by their audiences – decisively integrate references from both these areas into their art.

The multimedia exhibition will include classic works such as Peter Saville’s groundbreaking album cover for New Order’s 1983 masterpiece Power, Corruption and Lies as a mural, highlight the importance of Emil Schult’s narrative, minimalist imagery, on which the cover of Kraftwerk’s 1974 album Autobahn was based, and feature Cyprien Gaillard’s acclaimed 3D installation Night Life from 2015. The influence of Richard Wagner on the work of the performance artist Christoph Schlingensief, who died in 2010, will be shown, as well as a related video installation by Alexander Kluge. The mutual influences between music and art will be illustrated with examples by Albert Oehlen and Scooter, Thomas Scheibitz and Melvins, as well as Daniel Blumberg. Photographs and video works by Andrea Stappert, Sven Marquardt, Andreas Gursky, The KLF, Mark Leckey, and Bettina Pousttchi will lend the exhibition a documentary dimension. Significant collaborations between Tabea Blumenschein and Wolfgang Müller, Katharina Grosse and Stefan Schneider, as well as works by Rosemarie Trockel and Thea Djordjadze, Radenko Milak, and Bettina Scholz created specifically for Hyper! will make the exhibition a unique survey of the overlapping fields of music and art.

Deichtorhallen, Hamburg

Raymond Hains, Joan Mitchell, Albert Oehlen, Christopher Wool et al.

The Collection of the Fondation. A Vision for Painting (group show)
Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris
20 February - 26 August 2019

The Fondation Louis Vuitton displays a new selection of 70 works from the collection and gathers 23 international artists from the 1960s to the present day around one main theme : painting.

This takes many forms: figurative or abstract, expressive or distanced. Relief pieces are contrasted with each other. Rooms devoted to Joan Mitchell, Alex Katz, Gerhard Richter, Ettore Spalletti, Yayoi Kusama and Jesús Rafael Soto alternate with thematic collections on abstraction, space and colour. The hanging shows the ways in which painting never ceases to reinvent itself and transgress its own rules, drawing on current techniques for reproduction.

Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris