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+ Shaped Canvases
18 July - 3 October 2021
+ Shaped Canvases
18 July - 3 October 2021

In the middle of the 20th century, rectangular, framed easel painting was put to the test. Artists questioned nearly all of its principles and features. Paint was dripped and shot, canvases were pierced and cut, painting grew into the space and changed forms. In the reorientation of the medium, so-called Shaped Canvases played a crucial role in the reorientation of the medium.
Curved, triangular or polygonal picture grounds made new perspectives possible: Content and form interacted and made the surrounding exhibition space part of the work.

To this day, the use of unusual picture formats has lost none of its appeal, which is why numerous young artists continue to develop new formats and update „Shaped Canvases“ for the 21st century. As an example of the broad spectrum of the theme, Museum Villa Rot is showing works by five artists with their different approaches.

Marco Stanke builds his canvases from standardized wedge frame elements and paints them with colour. Compared to works of previous decades, however, the Munich artist emphasizes the handmade, the imperfect, and understands his „picture things“ [Bilddinge] as parts with which he creates overall compositions in the gallery space. In this way, the wall becomes the actual picture ground.

Dominik Halmer extends his multi-material paintings into space and allows individual works to enter into dialogue with each other. With his spatial staging, he asks when one can speak of a picture at all and how it is endowed with meaning.

Colin Penno’s works are hybrids of space-specific installations, painting, sculpture and digital design. For Museum Villa Rot, he developed a work that plays on the windows of the Kunsthalle, thus making them part of the work

French artist Jonathan Binet follows a processual approach to the theme of the Shaped Canvases. Repetitive formal elements are varied and expanded by impulsive, painterly gestures. For Binet, too, working with a given location and adapting individual advertising elements to a larger context is essential.

In the Hoenes Hall, Birte Horn shows works developed specifically for the space. The artist often titles her works „stück“ [piece] or „konstrukt“ [construct], which in itself reveals an artistic approach. Horn fragments, combines, cuts up and thus creates new, overlapping pictorial spaces.

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