Collective and Personal Memories in the Work of Wilhelm Sasnal

Collective and Personal Memories in the Work of Wilhelm Sasnal
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Wilhelm Sasnal - one of the best-known and respected contemporary painters - presents his aesthetic/ethic, strongly influenced by photographic images from films, art reproductions, pop culture or from his own phone, in this personal exhibition in China. The point of departure of his paintings, which undergo, at various steps, levels of distortion, simplification or abstraction, are the myriad of images that surround us - while, on one hand, his works are nourished by familiar icons or pop culture, on the other, they also refer to historic events which marked the lives of millions of people, such as the Holocaust. Works in which the familiar often co-exists with the disturbing, hidden under a patina of apparent “normalcy” or in which a feeling of suspension is merely a prelude to dramatic or impactful acts on the micro- and macroscopic level. The method of Sasnal, comprised of the appropriation of diverse iconography and languages, high and low brow, is quite visibile in this exhibition at the Longlati Foundation, which offers the public a look at an artist who is an acute observer of reality and an astute selector of the most significant images of our times.

Manuela Lietti - © 2022 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Shanghai