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February 7, 2012
Over a decade of bleak and beauty from the Polish master in Germany
- Text by Lea Rieck
Wilhelm Sasnal is the acclaimed Polish artist known for his bleak yet beuatiful masterpieces and now the Haus der Kunst unveils an exhibition of paintings providing an insight into his work since 1999. Stylistically, his paintings range between romantic and realism, abstraction and pop. They often recall the impression of stillness and yet they are action-loaded. This tension is characteristic.
Taken as a whole, Sasnal’s works from the last decade attest to his passion for the history of painting and his conceptual exploration of painting as a medium. This reflects as well in his range of images: from portraits of family members and friends to icons of pop culture, from chapters of Polands history such as Worl War II and the Holocaust to latest disasters such as the Tsunami disaster in Japan. Sasnal's paintings express an approach to certain things, even when they are neither descriptive nor do they aim to criticise or praise certain aspects of the world. An essential retrospective show.
Wilhelm Sasnal runs to the May 13 at Haus der Kunst @
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