07.03.2016

Gottfried Honegger exhibition – Alpha Omega

Art Exposition

Exhibition from January 24th to May 22nd, 2016
Galerie du Château et Donation Albers-Honegger (exhibition room on Level -1)
Curator: Fabienne Grasser-Fulchéri, assisted by Claire Spada
Photo: © EAC

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In echo to the retrospective devoted to Gottfried Honegger by the Georges Pompidou Centre in the summer of 2015, the EAC is proposing an unprecedented face-to-face between a selection of early works and the most recent productions of this artist who passed away on January 17th, 2016. While so far apart in time and form, these two ensembles offer a mirror held up to reflect a lifework characterized by surprising evolution, since his early figurative works as an amateur to pure formal abstraction synthezing a universal vision of art developed by one of the masters of 20th century Concrete Art.

From the first landscapes and portraits painted in the 1930’s to his recent metal silhouettes with empty shapes, the path trodden by Gottfried Honegger is full of learning and conquests.
The conquest of a language to begin with, that of abstract art, definitively adopted by the artist towards 1955. An imbrication of similar or different forms which initially echo reality (and especially nature), then his total adhesion to a geometric vocabulary, under the influence of the first Concrete artists in Zurich.

The second conquest is that of space. In the late 1950’s, Honegger transformed the flat surface of a painting into a field of experimentation for relief (pictorial overlaying, marouflage using cardboard elements). Space became the central preoccupation of the artist, who then saw himself as more of a sculptor than a painter. Sculpture, bevelling, “tableaux-reliefs”, “tableaux-espaces”, “artefacts”…, all of Gottfried Honegger’s work is an on-going dialogue between painting and sculpture, which constantly questions the space in which it is presented, the function of the wall, and the role of the spectator.
Slender metal reliefs, circular or rectangular, the last pieces achieve a perfect synthesis between plane, volume and space : appeasement through reconciliation.

Z1691, 2014 : métal laqué – Ø 120 cm x 3,2 cm – Collection de l’artiste, dépôt à l’Espace de l’Art Concret
Z1649, 2014 : métal laqué – Ø 120 cm x 3,2 cm – Collection de l’artiste, dépôt à l’Espace de l’Art Concret
Cercle et Carré 2, 1961 – 1963 : acrylique sur carton découpé et collé sur toile – 150 x 150 cm – Collection Otten

Z1615, 2012 : métal laqué – 90 x 65 x 3,5 cm – Collection de l’artiste, dépôt à l’Espace de l’Art Concret
Z1688, 2014 : métal laqué – 150 x 75 x 3,2 cm – Collection de l’artiste, dépôt à l’Espace de l’Art Concret

Z1533, 2009 : métal laqué – 150 x 100 x 4,2 cm – Collection de l’artiste, dépôt à l’Espace de l’Art Concret
Z1511, 2009 : métal laqué – 67,5 x 90 x 3,5 cm – Collection de l’artiste, dépôt à l’Espace de l’Art Concret
Z1648, 2013 : métal laqué – Ø 120 cm x 3,2 cm – Collection de l’artiste, dépôt à l’Espace de l’Art Concret

Tête, 1939 : huile sur papier – 48 x 35 cm – Collection de l’artiste, dépôt à l’Espace de l’Art Concret
Portrait de Madame Junot, 1939 : huile sur papier – 50 x 37 cm – Collection de l’artiste, dépôt à l’Espace de l’Art Concret
Z1641, 2013 : métal laqué – Ø 100 cm x 3,2 cm – Collection de l’artiste, dépôt à l’Espace de l’Art Concret

Gottfried Honegger (1917 – 2016), Zurich, Switzerland
After studying at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Zurich, Gottfried Honegger became a graphic designer before deciding to devote himself entirely to painting in 1958. His point of departure lay in the first constructivist abstract art and certain options of Zurich’s concrete art, from which he freed himself in order to follow a more personal direction.
He produced relief-paintings determined by chance, creating syntheses between colour and light, then, from 1961, sculptures in lacquered metal, playing on colour and volumes. Initially small in size, his sculptures took on monumental proportions from 1970 onwards, with the Volume and Structure series. For Gottfried Honegger, art has a social part to play, by broadening awareness and liberation.
In 1990, he founded the Espace de l’Art Concret in Mouans-Sartoux.

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