The Last of Hans Hartung

The Last of Hans Hartung
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His life spanned almost the entirety of the 1900s and he was an undisputed protagonist of the art scene of the last century - Hans Hartung (1904 - 1989), master of Abstract Art, whose pictorial experiments paved the way for generations of artists to follow. Hartung was a complex and profound creator, dynamic and fluid. His complexity is the protagonist of this exhibition - that retraces three days of work in his studio, displaying the diversity of the works he created, even over the span of only a single day. This allows visitors to take in the revisions of his work, its structural complexities, the development of the artist’s language and his applied practices. The exhibition examines the last decade of the artist’s life and work, when Hartung experimented with new techniques, engaging unusual instruments, obtaining spectacular results. Among these were olive branches, the sort of trees surrounding his studio. Instead of paintbrushes, Hans Hartung dipped the branches in paint then whipped the canvas. The intensity of this gesture is reflected in the paintings, even more energetic and dynamic in this period. He created a virtual arsenal of tools referred to as ‘sulfateuse’, which he used to alter the output of spay-paints with various wonderful effects. For this reason, even in his later works, the energy of his works never waned despite his increasing age.

Chiara Vedovetto - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Shanghai