Jürgen Partenheimer: 16 von One Hundred Poets

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Jürgen Partenheimer: 16 von One Hundred Poets

Zürich

Jürgen Partenheimer: 16 von One Hundred Poets
to Sat 23 Oct 2021
Tue-Fri noon-6pm, Sat noon-4pm

Häusler Contemporary presents an exclusive excerpt of Jürgen Partenheimer’s long-term project «One Hundred Poets». The work is based on a personal selection of 100 poems to which the artist responds in his unique visual style. In a publication for Golden Luft Verlag, he has matched 16 passages from works by female poets to corresponding works of his own, which Häusler Contemporary is presenting for the first time.

Artworks

Die Flügel des Traums 100 Poets #96, Brentano, 2020

Oil on canvas
45 x 37 cm ( 17 3/4 x 14 5/8 inches )
Courtesy the artist and Häusler Contemporary, photo Sebastian Schaub

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Schmetterlingswolke 100 Poets #89, Meret Oppenheim, 2020

Oil on canvas
50 x 45 cm ( 19 5/8 x 17 3/4 inches )
Courtesy the artist and Häusler Contemporary, photo Sebastian Schaub

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Far from The Glare of Stars 100 Poets #99-199, Lebogang Mashile, 2020

Watercolor, ink, collage on paper
Sheet 27 x 33.5 cm ( 10 5/8 x 13 1/4 inches ) Frame 73 x 60.5 x 3.5 cm ( 28 3/4 x 23 7/8 x 1 3/8 inches )
Courtesy the artist and Häusler Contemporary, photo Sebastian Schaub

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Knee Song 100 Poets #81a-179, Anne Sexton, 2020

Watercolor, pencil, collage on paper
Sheet 39 x 49.5 cm ( 15 3/8 x 19 1/2 inches ) Frame 65 x 73.5 x 3.5 cm ( 25 5/8 x 28 7/8 x 1 3/8 inches )
Courtesy the artist and Häusler Contemporary, photo Sebastian Schaub

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Eine Strähne aus Schlaf 100 Poets #79a-176, Anja Kampmann, 2019

Pencil, watercolor on paper
Sheet 39.5 x 49 cm ( 15 1/2 x 19 1/4 inches ) Frame 51 x 73.5 x 3.5 cm ( 20 1/8 x 28 7/8 x 1 3/8 inches )
Courtesy the artist and Häusler Contemporary, photo Sebastian Schaub

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The Earth's Eye 100 Poets #76a-172, Alice Oswald, 2019

Pencil, ink, watercolor on paper
Sheet 50 x 68 cm ( 19 5/8 x 26 3/4 inches ) Frame 71.5 x 88.5 x 3.5 cm ( 28 1/8 x 34 7/8 x 1 3/8 inches )
Courtesy the artist and Häusler Contemporary, photo Sebastian Schaub

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Der Lehm der Sprache 100 Poets #63b-155, Gonca Özmen, 2019

Ink, pencil, watercolor, on paper
Sheet 26.5 x 35 cm ( 10 3/8 x 13 3/4 inches ) Frame 72.5 x 60.5 x 3.5 cm ( 28 1/2 x 23 7/8 x 1 3/8 inches )
Courtesy the artist and Häusler Contemporary, photo Sebastian Schaub

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Octaves of a Mystic Depth 100 Poets #57-146, Elizabeth Barret-Browning, 2018

Watercolor, ink, pencil on paper
Sheet 60 x 78 cm ( 23 5/8 x 30 3/4 inches ) Frame 82.5 x 98.5 x 3.5 cm ( 32 1/2 x 38 3/4 x 1 3/8 inches )
Courtesy the artist and Häusler Contemporary, photo Sebastian Schaub

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Y Queda el Negro 100 Poets #53b-140, Clara Janés, 2018

Watercolour, pencil, ink on paper
Sheet 27 x 34 cm ( 10 5/8 x 13 3/8 inches ) Frame 73 x 60.5 x 3.5 cm ( 28 3/4 x 23 7/8 x 1 3/8 inches )
Courtesy the artist and Häusler Contemporary, photo Sebastian Schaub

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Am Boden die Purpurblüte 100 Poets #35a-95, Sappho, 2017

Watercolor, pencil on paper
Sheet 39.5 x 53 cm ( 15 1/2 x 20 7/8 inches ) Frame 65 x 77.5 x 3.5 cm ( 25 5/8 x 30 1/2 x 1 3/8 inches )
Courtesy the artist and Häusler Contemporary, photo Sebastian Schaub

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Die eigentliche Zeit 100 Poets #30a-87, Sophia de Mello-Bryner, 2016

Ink, pencil on paper
Sheet 45 x 61 cm ( 17 3/4 x 24 inches ) Frame 66.5 x 81.5 x 3.5 cm ( 26 1/8 x 32 1/8 x 1 3/8 inches )
Courtesy the artist and Häusler Contemporary, photo Sebastian Schaub

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Your Glassy Wind 100 Poets #15a-40, Anne Carson, 2016

Watercolor, ink, pencil on paper
Sheet 45.5 x 61 cm ( 17 7/8 x 24 inches ) Frame 67.5 x 80.5 x 3.5 cm ( 26 5/8 x 31 3/4 x 1 3/8 inches )
Courtesy the artist and Häusler Contemporary, photo Sebastian Schaub

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Strömung 100 Poets #23b-70, Ingeborg Bachmann, 2016

Ink, watercolor, pencil on paper
Sheet 33 x 27 cm ( 13 x 10 5/8 inches ) Frame 72.5 x 60.5 x 3.5 cm ( 28 1/2 x 23 7/8 x 1 3/8 inches )
Courtesy the artist and Häusler Contemporary, photo Sebastian Schaub

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Separate Essence II 100 Poets #77, Janet Frame, 2019

Oil on canvas
62 x 72 cm ( 24 3/8 x 28 3/8 inches )
Courtesy the artist and Häusler Contemporary, photo Sebastian Schaub

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The shapes that have inscribed themselves on the 16 horizontal sheets in the exhibition have the effect of being simple, yet prearranged. Geometric elements merge with organic contours to create visual narratives. In a mysterious language that exists on an intuitive level, they tell of vibrating notions of space, of inklings and allusions, of the consolidation and disintegration of imaginary worlds.

Jürgen Partenheimer (*1947) has steadily developed his inimitable, highly evocative style of abstraction, for which he has coined the term «metaphysical realism»: his drawings, paintings and sculptures explore the zone of resonance that exists between the hint of tangibility and its ascriptive conceptualisation. It is not surprising that the artist has always had a great affinity for poetry, that form of writing that takes shape mostly «between the lines».

The works in the current exhibition are part of a series that Partenheimer began in 2015, called «One Hundred Poets», of which Häusler Contemporary has offered a glimpse in various presentations. The artist was inspired by 100 selected poems by the same number of international poets of whom he is particularly fond: «a poem and the image it evokes as a reflection and a visual inspiration at the same time».

In 2020, a year overshadowed by the pandemic, Partenheimer completed the «One Hundred Poets» series in 201 works on paper and 54 paintings. Drawings and watercolours were selected from this ensemble, each based on a poem by one of 16 female poets from 12 countries. The poets include such notable figures as Ingeborg Bachmann, Emily Dickinson and Sappho, but also others such as Clara Janés, Gonca Özmen and Alice Oswald, who are little-known in the German-speaking world. The publication by Golden Luft Verlag, which accompanies the current exhibition, juxtaposes these poems in their original language and in German translation with Partenheimer’s pictorial responses.

The works in the exhibition once again illustrate the artist’s ability to give form to that which cannot be depicted. Moreover, they testify to the unifying power of art or, as the artist puts it, to an «open and inspired conception of an imaginary dialogue with the world of poetry which transcends national, cultural and linguistic boundaries».

Deborah Keller

Courtesy the artist and Häusler Contemporary, photo Sebastian Schaub


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