Bilbao International Art&Fashion

January 09, 2017

Albert Oehlen - Behind the image

Albert Oehlen has exhibited in institutions and galleries of international renown, both in Europe and in the USA.      

Albert Oehlen (b. Krefeld, Germany, 1954) is one of the most influential painters of the past few decades and one of the most controversial artists in post-war Germany. His painting style, which is unmistakably contemporary, draws from a blend of techniques rooted in advertising, the expressionist brushstroke, surrealist gesture, and computer-generated images. 

Oehlen is a conceptual artist who uses painting as a medium, and whose work-specifically his paintings-has contributed to the debate on the death of painting which has emerged every so often since the mid-20th century. Regarding the interpretation of his works, he states: "Think whatever you like. It is boring to talk about meaning. I’m not looking for the public’s connection or understanding. They are all free to feel." 

Over the past few years, his paintings have developed what he defines as his main topic: artistic freedom. This is made patent in his bravery and abandon when facing the canvas, using new techniques that maintain the vocabulary from the past, yet awaken a strange, paradoxical sensation that this is something new, yet familiar.

This exhibition, made up of three series, two self-portraits, and a newly-created collage-painting, does not aim to be a retrospective exercise, but rather an artistic statement.  

OCTOBER 21, 2016 - FEBRUARY 5, 2017

Museo Guggenheim Bilbao

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