|©Claude Viallat, Untitled (no. 133), 2011,|
acrylic on military tent, private collection Berlin,
© VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2014
Claude Viallat (b. 1936 in Nîmes) was one of the key pioneers of the French supports/surfaces movement. Since the 1960s, he has been scrutinizing not just themes and motifs, but also the traditional techniques and components of the painting. First, by renouncing the use of a stretcher to pull his canvasses tight, he provided them with a distinctive material quality that would later emerge as an essential feature of his work. At the same time he reduced his artistic vocabulary and was soon working exclusively with a base format that he gradually added to the canvas, by means of a stencil. Subsequently Viallat saw every conceivable material as a new challenge for his painting: bed sheets, table cloths, gunny sacks, clothing, curtains, sunshades, etc.
In France and internationally, Claude Viallat's works are represented in the collection of many important museums; in German-speaking countries, however, his work has only rarely been shown in solo exhibitions. The exhibition was conceived by the Stiftung Situation Kunst in collaboration with Claude Viallat. While it also presents the artist's historical development through several key works, emphasis will be placed on more recent and the most current developments (since around 1990).
After the Ludwig Museum in Koblenz, the exhibition will be shown by the Kunsthalle Rostock.
|Claude Viallat signing the edition.|
|Claude Viallat, "Ohne Titel", 2014.|
|Claude Viallat, Ohne Titel (n° 15), 2011,|
Acryl auf Sonnenschirm
© VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2013.