Julian Schnabel

Palimpsest. Printed Works

06.06.2016 until 15.08.2016

The Ludwig Museum Koblenz presents the retrospective survey of the printed works by artist Julian Schnabel from 1983 to the present. The public has now the opportunity to see an extensive view of Schnabel’s work in this medium, a significant part of his oeuvre but one that has been infrequently examined.  This is his first print exhibition ever in Germany, and it includes freshly made works created here this year. This exhibition reflects Schnabel’s unique vision, an inventor who is continuously creating ways of printing that is always a surprise. There are prints printed on velvet, maps of the world, others have collage images that have been lithographically printed and laminated to etchings.

Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1951, Schnabel’s first major solo exhibition was at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston in 1976, followed by a solo show at Mary Boone Gallery in New York City in 1979.  It was there that Schnabel exhibited his plate paintings for the first time. Paintings with broken dishes, the  "plate paintings" received a laudatory welcome, while at the same time a boisterous and controversial one.  In 1981, Schnabel was the youngest artist in A New Spirit in Painting show at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, curated by Nicholas Serota, Christos M. Joachimides and Normal Rosenthal, along with Pablo Picasso, Francis Bacon, Gerhard Richter, Georg Baselitz, Sigmar Polke, and Markus Lüpertz.
Schnabel’s interest in the ‘making of things’ has led him into the realms of other practices including filmmaking. In 1996 Schnabel wrote and directed the feature film Basquiat about fellow New York artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. The film was in the official selection of the 1996 Venice Film Festival. Schnabel’s second film, Before Night Falls, based on the life of the late exiled Cuban novelist Reinaldo Arenas, won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Coppa Volpi for best actor, Javier Bardem, at the 2000 Venice Film Festival.  In 2007 Schnabel directed his third film, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.  Schnabel received the award for Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival as well as Best Director at the Golden Globe Awards, where the film won Best Film in a Foreign Language.  The Diving Bell and the Butterfly was also nominated for four Oscars.  That same year, 2007, he made a film of Lou Reed’s Berlin concert at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn.  His most recent film, Miral, a polemical film about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, won the UNESCO as well as the UNICEF award at the 2010 Venice Film Festival. Miral was shown at the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations.

Schnabel’s work has been the subject of numerous exhibitions all over the world including Kunsthalle Basel; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Kunsthalle Düsseldorf; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; Palazzo Venezia, Rome; Schloss Derneburg, Germany; Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada; Museo Correr, Italy; CFA Berlin; J.F. Willumsen Museum, Denmark; The Brant Foundation Art Study Center, Greenwich; Dallas Contemporary; Dairy Art Centre, London; Museu de Arte de São Paulo; Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale; and the University of Michigan Museum of Art.  As well as the most prominent galleries in the world including Leo Castelli Gallery, New York; Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris; The Pace Gallery, New York; Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, St. Moritz and Zurich; Gagosian Gallery, New York and Los Angeles; Almine Rech Gallery, Paris; Blum & Poe, Los Angeles. Schnabel’s work is included in the public collections of the Kunstmuseum Basel; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Guggenheim Museum, New York and Bilbao; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, among others.

In Cooperation with Geuer & Geuer Art GmbH