Old Masters (Group Show featuring Marc Bijl, Shannon Bool, Pablo Bronstein, Billy Childish, ClĂ©ment Cogitore, Anne-Lise Coste, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Sylvie Fleury, Magnus Gjoen, Hadley+Maxwell, Simon Herkner, Thomas Locher, Robert Longo, Pia Maria Martin, Josephine Meckseper, Ilias Papailiakis, Stephen Prina, Lasse Schmidt Hansen, Yuan Shun, Mary A. Waters). 21.10.2021 – 23.12.2021  

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The Galerie Elisabeth & Reinhard Hauff is delighted to present the group show "Old" Masters, including fancy works of art by famous contemporary artists, inspired by the big masters of art history. This is a display of "Old" converted to "Young" art. The show takes a fresh or fun look at academia and museum celebrities through an interesting conglomeration of works generated as a reaction to, and confrontation with, historical masterpieces. Most of the works on view are byproducts of the represented artists’ normal signature practice. They are pure expressions of joy, inspiration, admiration, diversity and respect. To make the show a surprising and entertaining mix, we go from carpets to wallpapers, to curtains, to sculptures, to videos, photographs, paintings and works on paper. The works on view are inspired by works from circa 1400 to the 1980’s and created between 2000 and 2021. The display is traditional Petersburg Hanging, of course. Welcome to a museum without dusty atmosphere, serious silence and whispering reverence. Laugh out loud at Mr. & Mrs. Biedermeier German 19th century painting as Hans-Peter Feldmann does, or at Mondrian, as Sylvie Fleury does. Here is the list of artists that are already immortal and those that might become (text: Elisabeth Hauff):

Bernini Magnus Gjoen | Bosch Thomas Locher | Cranach Mary A. Waters | Dürer Yuan Shun | van Eyck Shannon Bool | della Francesca Clement Cogitore | van Gogh Billy Childish | Goya Ilias Papailiakis | Judd Simon Herkner | Kobro Lasse Schmidt Hansen | Leonardo Hans-Peter Feldmann | Malevich Any Idea? | Manet Stephen Prina | Matisse Anne-Lise Coste | Matisse Josephine Meckseper | Memling Magnus Gjoen | Michelangelo Hans-Peter Feldmann | Mondrian Anne-Lise Coste, Sylvie Fleury | Morandi Anne-Lise Coste | Picasso Anne-Lise Coste | Rococo Pablo Bronstein | Rothko Marc Bijl | Rubens Magnus Gjoen | Snyders Pia Maria Martin | Thorvaldsen Hadley+Maxwell | Velázquez Robert Longo | Warhol Sylvie Fleury

This show could not have come about had it not been for the generous and friendly collaboration of all the artists involved and the galleries representing them. We would like to express a heartful thanks to Galerie Kadel Willborn, Dusseldorf, Galerie Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin, Galerie Michael Sturm, Stuttgart, Galerie NoguerasBlanchard, Barcelona, Konrad Fischer Galerie, Dusseldorf, Magnus Gjoen Art, London, neugerriemschneider, Berlin, and ProjecteSD, Barcelona.

We cordially invite you to the soft opening on
Thursday, October 21st, 2021 from 2 to 8 pm.

The group exhibition
"Old" Masters is sponsored by NEUSTART KULTUR (https://www.bundesregierung.de/breg-de/bundesregierung/staatsministerin-fuer-kultur-und-medien/neustart-kultur-startet-1767056) and Stiftung Kunstfonds (https://www.kunstfonds.de).