Joachim Kaak (Ed.)
Contemporary German sculptor Olaf Metzel (b. 1952) engages the work of the controversial 19th-century artist Hans von Marées (1837–1887) from a contemporary perspective in Olaf Metzel – Hans von Marées. Some consider von Marees a foundational figure in German modernism; others consider him a failed artist. The double exhibition and accompanying catalog present Metzel’s provocative sculptures next to von Marees’s figurative and mythological Roman-style paintings. Installation shots and details of both artists’ works in this compact publication confidently allow political worlds to collide: Metzel’s large aluminum work Lampedusa (2015), built of newspaper articles on the refugee issue, are juxtaposed with the poetic and divine gardens of von Marees’s historical painting. Olaf Metzel brings the oeuvre of his colleague up-to-date while at the same time proving the never-ending excitement of artistic provocation. Contributions by Michael Diers, Joachim Kaak, Konrad Laudenbacher, Bernhard Maaz, Olaf Metzel, Frank Schmidt and Bernhard Schwenk.
English & German / Softcover
6 ½ x 8 in. / 192 pp / 100 color
Retail Price: $45.00
NEUE PINAKOTHEK, MUNICH