Albert Oehlen at the Serpentine Gallery

Albert Oehlen at the Serpentine Gallery
#Exhibitions

At the centre of the Serpentine Gallery, an installation marks the start of the process of interpretation of the Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas, on the part of the German artist Albert Oehlen. Four new paintings - the same size as the four horizontal paintings in the Chapel - were realised specifically for this exhibition. Next to the central installation, a selection of works by Oehlen from the last two decades accompany visitors, as a soundtrack plays in loop at regular intervals during the itinerary. Through expressionist brushstrokes and surrealist gestures, Albert Oehlen manages the history of painting itself, pushing its essential components to new audacious extremes. Deconstructing painting into its primary elements - colour, line, movement and time - the German artist follows an investigative line which has brought him to notable variations from one work to the next, mixing abstract and figurative styles, while using a wide range of techniques, from oil painting to spray paint, from digital printing to collages. His artistic language, characterised by surprise and wise disorder, channels his desire for a certain degree of pictorial liberty, while aiming to affirm himself within the limits of the actual history of the art that precedes him.
Samantha De Martin - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London