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Jonas Burgert

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Blaine|Southern, Produzentengalerie Hamburg


Jonas Burgert is a German painter known for creating monumental works composed of figurative apparitions and dramatic contrasts of colour. Seemingly fluorescent areas glow amidst a backdrop of gray and pale hues, absorbing the spectator inside the canvas. What Burgert witnesses seems to be the drama of a new world order.

Burgert’s inspirations are multiple and derived from diverse ideologies and cultures. They come from post cards, literature or images of the Indian Holi Festival of Colours, or from the artist’s voyage to Egypt, where he visited the remnants of its ancient culture. Certainly, a major source of inspiration lies in art history. It has often been said that Burgert’s work picks up on strands of Late Renaissance thought, particularly the Mannerist’s love of the grotesque and the curious, of harsh and crass colour disparities and of an exaggerated, ‘unnatural’ style. Other notable inspirations are Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel, El Greco, Tintoretto, Poussin and Max Beckmann.

Jonas Burgert Biography

1969 born in Berlin, Germany

1991 - 1996 MA Academy of Fine Arts (UdK), Berlin

1997 Student of the master class of Prof. Dieter Hacker

1998 - 2000 Scholarship (NaFög) UdK, Berlin, Germany

1998 - 2000 Scholarship, travel grant for Egypt

lives and works in Berlin

Selected Exhibitions

2011 Jonas Burgert, Kunsthalle Krems, Austria (forthcoming) (solo)

2010 Produzentengalerie, Hamburg, Germany (solo)

2010 Lebendversuch, Kunsthalle Tubingen, Germany (solo)

2010 Gewalten, Laden für Nichts, Leipzig, Germany

2009 Das Unheimliche, initiated by Kunst Magazin Berlin, Modulorhaus, Berlin, Germany

2009 Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2009 Jonas Burgert. Hitting Every Head. Haunch of Venison, London, UK (cat.) (solo)

2008 Zweiter Tag Nichts at MCA DENVER, Promenade Space, curated by Cydney Payton, USA

2008 Rubben – Booked for killing a policeman (Burgert, Meese, Volkmann), Laden für Nichts, Leipzig, Germany

2008 Jonas Burgert. Kopfschluss, Stadtgalerie Schwaz, Austria (solo)

2008 Jonas Burgert: Enigmatic Narrative, Victoria H. Myhren Gallery, University of Denver, USA (solo)

2008 Arndt & Partner, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (solo)

2007 Strange Brew, curated by Wolfgang Schoppmann, Max Lang Gallery, New York, USA

2007 Weltempfänger, Galerie der Gegenwart/Kunsthalle Hamburg, Germany

2007 The Aggression of Beauty, Arndt & Partner, Berlin, Germany

2007 Rockers Island, Olbricht Collection, Folkwang Museum, Essen, Germany (cat.)

2007 Fullhouse – Malerei aus der Sammlung, Overbeck-Gesellschaft, Lübeck, Germany

2007 Wonderwall, curated by Anna-Catharina Gebbers, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2007 The Teardrop explodes, Stadtgalerie Schwaz, Austria

2006 Produzentengalerie Hamburg, Germany (cat.) (solo)

2006 The Triumph of Painting Part VI, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

2005 Rainbow; a painting show, Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Beirut, RL

2005 FRAKTALE IV, tod, Palast der Republik Berlin, Germany (cat.)

2005 Geschichtenerzähler, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Germany (cat.)

2005 Ratatouille, Galerie 20.21, Essen, Germany

2004 1. Berliner Kunstsalon, Arena Berlin, Germany (cat.)

2003 Biennale of Painting, Stockholm, Sweden (cat.)

2003 Das mystische Paradoxon in der Bildenden Kunst des 20. Jahrhunderts, Kunsthalle Erfurt, Germany (cat.)

2003 Dis-Positiv, Staatsbank Berlin, Germany

2002 Rohkunstbau, Stipendiaten, Berlin, Germany

2002 FRAKTALE III, Rohbau U Bahnhof Reichstag Berlin, Germany (cat.)

2002 IX Rohkunstbau, Wasserschloß Groß Leuthen, Germany (cat.)

2002 Hic et Nunc, Villa Manin Passariano, Italy (cat.)

2001 FRAKTALE II, Pfefferberg Berlin, Germany

2001 Nacht der Akademie, Academy of Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany

2000 Fraktale Exzerpt, Sophienhöfe Berlin, Germany

2000 Kunst am Bau, Lenze Forum, Hameln, Germany

2000 FRAKTALE I, Parochialkirche Berlin, Germany

1999 Junge Akademie, Academy of Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany (cat.)

1999 Founding of exhibition project FRAKTALE, Berlin, Germany

1998 Junge Akademie, Academy of Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany



Recent Exhibits

Jonas Burgert participated in these exhibits:

Jul, 2016 Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick
Somerset House
Feb, 2016 Group Exhibition
Blain|Southern Berlin
Sep, 2015 Arcadia Unbound
Funkhaus Berlin
Oct, 2014 Viewing Room
Crypt of Marylebone Church
Oct, 2014 Stück Hirn Blind
Blain|Southern - London Hanover Square
Jun, 2014 Out Of Our Heads
Shoreditch Town Hall Basement
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