Albert Oehlen, Julian Schnabel et al.
Energetic Gestures (group show)
20 October – 6 November 2022
Works by Albert Oehlen and Julian Schnabel are included in the group exhibition Energetic Gestures, on view at the Kunstsaele Berlin from 20 October until 6 November 2022. Curated by Philipp Bollmann, the show examines the concept and significance of ‘power’ in art. Here, we encounter works whose creative use of powerful gestures often transcends the category of stylistic element and becomes the content itself.
Versions of Chuck, Revisited (solo show)
Kunstmuseum Schloss Derneburg
21 October 2022 – 16 April 2023
On the occasion of the museum’s 15-year anniversary, eight monumental paintings by Julian Schnabel, first included in the Hall Art Foundation’s inaugural show at Schloss Derneburg in 2007, are on view until 16 April 2023. The subject of the paintings is a figure called Chuck – a surfer friend of the artist. Each painting depicts Chuck in various poses, centrally positioned within the canvas. While Chuck’s body is rendered in brushy and abstracted red marks, his head and facial features are precisely drawn, topped with a crown of yellow, blond hair and surrounded by a blue orb. Recalling Christian icons, Chuck takes on the appearance of an angel or saint. The artist, who began surfing as a teen, describes the act of surfing as the only physical activity that comes close to the sublime feeling of painting.
Kunstmuseum Schloss Derneburg – Hall Art Foundation
The Painter, a film by Albert Oehlen, Oliver Hirschbiegel and Ben Becker
Under the direction of Oliver Hirschbiegel, actor Ben Becker on screen impersonates the contemporary painter Albert Oehlen and re-creates a painting that Oehlen himself and in parallel is creating step by step in the background, with the actor improvising the process in front of the camera. The finished on-screen painting is an original “Oehlen” on which the artist himself never laid hands. The off screen blueprint painting was destroyed after principal shooting had finished.
Originally planned to be a performative statement the projects developed into a fully fledged feature film of 92 minutes, crossing formal boundaries and questioning the meaning of the creative process and the struggle for authenticity on various levels.
The Painter follows the artist / actor as he is struggling and suffering along this process with us watching in joyful despair and what might happen next until the white canvas has turned into a finished painting.
The outcome is a one-man rollercoaster that appears to be a documentary but in fact is a staged and guided improvisation with the “real” process happening behind the camera. The Painter is a constant flow of the artist’s journey with elements of farce and comedy topped with emotional moments of truth...in front of and behind the camera and leaving it up to us to decide what is real and/or authentic.
Watch the trailer here.
Self Portraits of Others (solo show)
The Brant Foundation, New York
9 September – 31 December 2021
The Brant Foundation is pleased to present Self Portraits of Others, a solo exhibition of new works by Julian Schnabel. Created between 2018 – 2020, this series explores the evolution of Schnabel’s artistic practice while making At Eternity’s Gate, a film about the life of Vincent van Gogh. The exhibition features twenty-five plate paintings that examine the theme of portraiture throughout art history.
The Brant Foundation
Albert Oehlen x Sven-Åke Johansson: Rhythm Ace & Slingerland
Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin is pleased to announce Rhythm Ace & Slingerland, which was recorded during a concert conceived by Albert Oehlen with percussionist Sven-Åke Johansson at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg in May 2019.
This new album, a co-production by NI VU NI CONNU and Galerie Max Hetzler, with liner notes by Max Dax is one of numerous collaborations between longstanding friends Oehlen and Johansson, following from their 2003 album Shotgun Wedding, also featuring Mayo Thompson of Red Krayola. This album explores how art infuences music and vice versa – a question often explored in Oehlen’s work.
The idea originated from Johansson’s visit to the artist’s studio in 2018. Oehlen showed the drummer his collection of rhythm machines, American and Japanese, from the 1960s onwards. Oehlen explains “I collect old drum machines because I fnd the contradiction fascinating that you collect devices that can do as little as possible. A drum machine is more attractive to me the more limited it is.”
Johansson responds to Oehlen’s musings and collection by creating the performance for Rhythm Ace & Slingerland. Johansson says of the performance “the situation was an extension of my being and also that of this device. It is a win for both: man and machine. So the experiment was successful.”
This record is available on our publications website.
Julian Schnabel – The Collector's Edition (publication)
The Collector's Edition of Julian Schnabel's monograph by Taschen is now available. Made in close collaboration with the artist, this oversized limited-edition book is the first to feature his work across all media. Each copy is numbered and signed by the artist.
Get your copy here.
on Vincent van Gogh's self-portrait
Museé d'Orsay, Paris
Julian Schnabel was invited by Musée d'Orsay to share his insights on Vincent van Gogh's self-portrait, dating 1889, which is currently on view at the museum as part of its permanent collection.
Watch the video here.
Collaboration with "Talk About Lebanon"
Galerie Max Hetzler is pleased to team up with "Talk About Lebanon" in the wake of the fatal explosion in Beirut on 4 August 2020. The first in a series of collaborations is a T-shirt featuring a painting by Albert Oehlen from his iconic "Baumbilder" (Tree Paintings) series. All proceeds from the sale will go towards the NGO "Live Love Beirut" whose mission is to provide assistance to those who cannot afford to repair their homes after the explosion.
The T-shirt can be purchased at Talkaboutlebanon.co.uk
Talk about Lebanon