Markus Lüpertz: Palazzo Loredan, is one one of the most significant exhibitions presented at this year’s Venice Biennale, as part of the collateral programme. Hosted at the grandiose Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, Venice, with the support of Michael Werner Gallery, the show features recent paintings and sculptures by the German artist Markus Lüpertz (b. 1941, Liberec, Bohemia). The sumptuous decorative libraries and halls of the extraordinary Palazzo Loredan on Campo Santo Stefano allow the paintings to shine.
The artist said, “I live with artists I routinely retrieve from the recesses of history, and then they become part of my everyday life, they are my companions, they exist for me. I deal with them as if they were alive.”
The stunning works on view explore biblical references such as Cain and Abel, Adam and Eve and St. Sebastian, the ancient myth of Dionysus, and the idyllic utopia of Arcadia and recall gestural styles of Picabia and Cubism. The artist elaborates, “Today, avant-gardism has become a credo with its own rituals. I thrive to move past that and define something new and unique. For this I often look back at Old Masters. Influences I navigate between in order to arrive at a very specific visual language, a visual language of our time.”
In recent years, major surveys by the artist have been presented at the Hirshhorn Museum and the Phillips Collection, Washington, DC; the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; The Hermitage State Museum, St. Petersburg; Kunst- und Austellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn; Haus der Kunst, Munich; Gemeentemuseum, The Hague; and most recently, the Moscow Museum of Modern Art.