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MATTHIAS SCHALLER. OBRA PRIMA || Photography
Temporary exhibitions room
18 January 2018 - 04 March 2018
MATTHIAS SCHALLER. OBRA PRIMA || Photography

The Arpad Szenes Vieira da Silva Foundation is presenting the exhibition Obra Prima (Das Meisterstück) of photographs by Matthias Schaller of paint palettes from over two hundred years of painting, from 18 January to 4 March 2018.

With his series Das Meisterstück Matthias Schaller considers each palette is a revelation and an indirect portrait of the painter and of his painting technique. The photographs of Schaller provide historic and unprecedented insight into the artist’s use of color, organization of space, and their brushstroke, for example. Since 2007, Schaller has been capturing the beauty of these artist’s palettes as a window into their creative genius. Through the process of capturing over two hundred palettes from over seventy painters of the Nineteenth and Twentieth century, Schaller sees each paint palette as the unconscious painting, or the painting before the painting. The palette is an abstract landscape of the painters’ artistic production.

The following artists are already in the series with at least one palette:

Jacques-Louis David, J.M.W. Turner, John Constable, Camille Corot, Eugène Delacroix, Gustave Courbet, Johan Jongkind, Gustave Moreau, Camille Pissarro, Gustave Doré, Edouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Paul Cézanne, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Giovanni Boldini, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, John Singer Sargent, Giovanni Segantini, Lovis Corinth, Georges Seurat, Alphonse Mucha, James Ensor, Edvard Munch, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Alexej von Jawlensky, Roger Fry, Wassily Kandinsky, Pierre Bonnard , Emil Nolde, Édouard Vuillard, Henri Matisse, Giacomo Balla, Piet Mondrian, Albert Marquet, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Maurice de Vlamink, Gabriele Münter, Paul Klee, Franz Marc, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, André Derain, Albert Gleizes, Fernand Léger, Natalia Goncharova, Mikhail Larionov, Carlo Carrà, Pablo Picasso, Chaïm Soutine, Francis Picabia, Georges Braque, Amadeo Modigliani, Max Beckmann, Diego Rivera, Oskar Kokoschka, Marc Chagall, Giorgio de Chirico, Jean Cocteau, Giorgio Morandi, Naum Gabo, George Grosz, Joan Miró, René Magritte, Alberto Giacometti, Frida Kahlo, Balthus, Francis Bacon, Mariano Fortuny, Ferdinand Hodler, Gino Severini, Honoré Daumier, Wols, Nicolas de Staël, Asger Jorn, Yves Klein, Vieira da Silva and Cy Twombly.

Schaller was born in Dillingen an der Donau, Germany in 1965. He currently lives in Venezia, Italy and New York City.

Das Meisterstück (The Masterpiece) was born out of an idea that came to Matthias Schaller while visiting artist Cy Twombly in Gaeta in 2007. While there, Schaller noticed one of his palettes which resembled closely Twombly’s paintings and drawings. By photographing it, Schaller commenced Das Meisterstück, the series on palettes as “indirect portraits” on artists and their production.

Matthias Schaller has been working on the concept of creating a variation on portrait or “indirect portrait” throughout his career. A selection of his past series includes: The Mill (2001-2002), photographs of the home of Bernd and Hilla Becher; Echokammer (2003), children’s rooms in Napoli, Italy; Purple Desk (2004-2008), personal offices of the Cardinals of the Roman Curia; Controfacciata (2004-2014), piano nobile interiors of Venetian palaces; Fratelli d’Italia (2005-2008), one hundred and fifty Italian opera houses; Disportraits (2008-2009) astronauts suits; Leiermann (2010-2014), on Venetian mirrors; Punk City (2012) a series on seventy of the most historically valuable early punk music vinyls.

Steidl has published four books of Schaller’s work so far: The Mill (2007) with an essay by Thomas Weski; Controfaccita (2008) with an essay by Richard Dyer; Purple Desk (2009) with an essay by Andreas Beyer and a retrospective book on Schaller’s work, edited (introduction and interview) by Germano Celant.

Matthias Schaller self-published recently his third artist book after Das Meisterstück (2015) and Leiermann (2016) in occasion of the presentation of his series Fratelli d’Italia at the Victoria & Albert museum, London. The book shows 150 Italian opera houses he photographed in Italy.

 

 

 

 

Schaller was born in Dillingen an der Donau, Germany in 1965. He currently lives in Venezia, Italy and New York City.

Das Meisterstück (The Masterpiece) was born out of an idea that came to while visiting artist Cy Twombly in Gaeta in 2007. While there, Schaller noticed one of his palettes which resembled closely Twombly’s paintings and drawings. By photographing it, Schaller commenced Das Meisterstück, the series on palettes as “indirect portraits” on artists and their production.

Matthias Schaller has been working on the concept of creating a variation on portrait or “indirect portrait” throughout his career. A selection of his past series includes: The Mill (2001-2002), photographs of the home of Bernd and Hilla Becher; Echokammer (2003), children’s rooms in Napoli, Italy; Purple Desk (2004-2008), personal offices of the Cardinals of the Roman Curia; Controfacciata (2004-2014), piano nobile interiors of Venetian palaces; Fratelli d’Italia (2005-2008), one hundred and fifty Italian opera houses; Disportraits (2008-2009) astronauts suits;

Steidl has published four books of Schaller’s work so far: The Mill (2007) with an essay by Thomas Weski; Controfaccita (2008) with an essay by Richard Dyer; Purple Desk (2009) with an essay by Andreas Beyer and a retrospective book on Schaller’s work, edited (introduction and interview) by Germano Celant.

Matthias Schaller self-published recently his third artist book after Das Meisterstück (2015) and Leiermann (2016) in occasion of the presentation of his series Fratelli d’Italia at the Victoria & Albert museum, London. The book shows 150 Italian opera houses he photographed in Italy.

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