October 27th, 2020

Victor Man at Galerie Neu

Artist: Victor Man

Venue: Galerie Neu, Berlin

Exhibition Title: Die Rose ist ohne Warum. Sie blühet weil sie blühet

Date: September 11 – October 31, 2020

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Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump.

Images:

Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Neu, Berlin. Photos by Stefan Korte.

Press Release:

By quoting Die Rose ist ohne Warum. Sie blühet weil sie blühet, a verse by Angelus Silesius, 17th century mystic and religious poet, the exhibition title sets a framework for examining an overall existential thematic that draws directly from Man’s autobiographical and intimate spiritual experience. This is his third solo exhibition with Galerie Neu and covers three years of the artist’s latest creative period.

Within a web of motifs ranging from nature and creation to personal imagery, the nine paintings on view explore the manifold shades of sentiments of love and closeness, just as they illustrate the absence or rupture thereof. Recurring themes such as spiritual development find reference in biblical topics of the temptation of sin. Divine punishment and demise are thwarted by the explicit portrayal of ultimate fertility that is a fruit of love, the birth of a child (Rózsa Victoria). Moonlight (All Nations Flag), a reflection on entering and exiting the world, is framed by two self-portraits, indicative of two pillars, titled Self Portrait With The Yellow Shadow of Christ. In concurrence, yet almost jarring in color definition and size, the surprisingly large-format paintings, Untitled (Adieu à Satan) and Flowering Ego, constitute attempts to exorcise evil.

Through this show, Victor Man maps his own progression in life and time. Led by an overpowering impetus, all his intentions find their outlet in the medium of painting and are subordinated to the same. Just as bold as Man’s quite radical individual take on existence are the violent and strong colors emerging from his typically dark palette. Influenced by poets like Georg Trakl and painters such as Pontormo, Man’s approach to art history, as seen in this exhibition, is defined by a non-linear understanding of it. He nurtures the idea of culture as a system that transcends time and feeds and builds upon itself, forming an entity of the past and the present, the here and now.

The exhibition is accompanied by an extensive publication focused on Victor Man’s portraits and black paintings. With contributions by Rachel Corbett, Enzo Cucchi, Erwin Kessler and Karl Holmqvist, published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther und Franz König and Galerie Neu.

Link: Victor Man at Galerie Neu

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