VAN HAM Art Estate presents "Bernard Schultze - Colour dimensions"

From 9 to 20 April 2024, VAN HAM Art Estate presents the exhibition "Bernard Schultze - Colour Dimensions", curated by Dr Renate Goldmann on the occasion of the awarding of the ART Curator's Prize. This catalogue contains a carefully curated selection of the exhibits, consisting of around 20 large-format paintings from his late work, which are flanked by sculptures and reliefs. The Art Informel artist Bernard Schultze lived in Cologne from 1968 until his death in 2005 and was a permanent fixture in the city's cultural life.

Since 2018, VAN HAM Art Estate has represented part of Bernard Schultze's estate in cooperation with the Folkwang-Museumsverein in Essen. Further information on the VAN HAM Art Estate can be found on the official homepage.

The German painter and draughtsman Bernard Schultze (1915-2005) is one of the most important representatives of gestural-abstract art of the second half of the 20th century. As part of the "Quadriga", he had a decisive influence on the development of Art Informel in Germany in the 1950s, alongside K.O. Götz, Otto Greis and Heinz Kreutz. Works by the multiple documenta participant and recipient of the Federal Cross of Merit can be found in numerous international museum collections, including the MoMA, New York, the Tate Collection, London and the Museum Ludwig, Cologne.

From a process of drawing, Bernard Schultze develops dense colour structures that proliferate across the canvas and sometimes extend sculpturally into the space. Since the 1980s, his painterly oeuvre has been dominated by sometimes monumental formats, in which he creates inner landscapes of overwhelming suggestive power despite a complete renunciation of conventional perspective. Works from this phase were commissioned not least for the furnishings of the Hammerschmidt Federal Presidential Villa in Bonn and the German Embassy in Washington designed by O.M. Ungers. In the selection of large-format works from the 1990s and 2000s presented by VAN HAM Art Estate, this very special spatial experience of the late work can be impressively experienced.

„Bernard Schultze - Colour Dimensions", curated by Dr Renate Goldmann on the occasion of the award of the ART Curator Prize 

9 to 20 April 2024

9 April 2024 at 6 pm with an introduction by Kay Heymer, curator at the MKM Museum Küppersmühle für Moderne Kunst Duisburg

Exhibition venue:
Van Ham Kunstauktionen
Hitzelerstraße 2
50968 Cologne

Opening hours
Mon – Fri 10 am – 5 pm, Sat 10 am – 1 pm

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