Eckart Hahn: MYTHOS incorporated

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Leda, 2011 Acrylic On Canvas 50x70 Cm © Courtesy Galerie Wagner + Partner, Berlin
XIV, 2011 Acrylic On Canvas 150 X 110 Cm © Galerie WAGNER + PARTNER, Berlin
Eckart Hahn: MYTHOS incorporated

Strausberger Platz 8
10243 Berlin
April 15th, 2011 - May 28th, 2011

+49 30 219 60 137
Tue - Sat 13 - 18 h and by appointment
mixed-media, surrealism


Ga­lerie Wag­ner + Part­ner is de­lighted to an­nounce the sec­ond solo ex­hi­bi­tion by Eckart Hahn (born 1971 in Freiburg) in Berlin. The ex­hi­bi­tion MYTHOS in­cor­po­rated sub­tly ques­tions the state of col­lec­tive pic­to­r­ial mem­ory to­day while pur­su­ing the icons of to­mor­row.

Against the back­drop of an ever-in­creas­ing flood of im­agery, pic­tures that once held icono­graphic sig­nif­i­cance have come to lose their func­tion. In the tra­di­tion of pass­ing on such pic­tures, they have also been known to im­part val­ues. More­over, in par­al­lel to a dif­fu­sion of these val­ues, such im­ages, myths, or sym­bols im­bued with val­ues have been bor­rowed to fur­ther mar­ket­ing aims.

Eckart Hahn has now adapted such im­ages of mythic or sym­bolic force in­scribed within pic­to­r­ial mem­ory, such as for in­stance a por­trait of the Sun King Lud­wig XIV, the Ado­ra­tion of the Magi by Rubens, or the de­pic­tion of the Mat­ter­horn. By con­sciously bring­ing at­ten­tion to these im­ages by means of painterly copy­ing, and by fur­nish­ing them with de­vices of alien­ation such as bags or pools of paint, the artist is query­ing their icono­graphic po­ten­tial for the pre­sent day. In the process of painterly re­con­struc­tion, Hahn like­wise ex­poses the time­less va­lid­ity of these uni­ver­sally ne­go­ti­ated im­ages.

MYTHOS in­cor­po­rated as­so­cia­tively leads one through a se­ries of paint­ings whose de­tails, chro­matic­ity, and am­bi­ence touch the viewer in a cal­cu­lated way, and whose re­al­is­tic man­ner of rep­re­sen­ta­tion os­cil­lates be­tween Sur­re­al­ist and re­cent neo­fig­u­ra­tive paint­ing tra­di­tions.

Within col­lec­tor cir­cles, Eckart Hahn’s paint­ings and in­stalla­tive ob­jects have in­cited a furore on an in­ter­na­tional scale. In 2010, he im­pres­sively showed his com­pre­hen­sive solo ex­hi­bi­tion Grat at the Kun­stverein Reut­lin­gen. In 2011, the Kun­st­palais in Er­lan­gen is pre­sent­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion Der schwarze Duft der Schönheit (The Black Fra­grance of Beauty) from Sep­tem­ber 15 to No­vem­ber 13.

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