I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...
The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...
The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...
Born in 1959 in Graz, Austria, lives and works in Vienna, Austria.
He studied at the University for Applied Arts in Vienna with Herbert Tasquil and Peter Weibel. In 2004, he became a professor at the Academy of Art in Düsseldorf, Germany.
Herbert Brandl’s works are characterised by an impressive presence, originality, and powerful use of colour. Oscillating between abstraction and figuration, his paintings range from mountains, rivers, forests, and hyenas to airy, abstract compositions with luminous colours. When Herbert Brandl brings nature’s atmospheric qualities into his pictures, painting and nature touch in moments of light, movement, perpetuating energy, and time. Even in his most abstract compositions, we imagine the sun breaking through the clouds, streams flowing, or leaves and meadows showing off their green. Brandl’s pictures are located at that point where the idea of a natural object and the emotionality of colour fields become one. He works with the physical conditions of colour, creating 'unintentional,' fresh pictures. His painting method is brisk, intuitive, and devoid of purposeful notions, and he 'concentrates like a Zen painter.' (Herbert Brandl) His finished works possess a striking spatiality and atmosphere, also in terms of light. They are compact, visual events of great painterly freedom as well as visionary pictures with an imaginary depth.
Herbert Brandl took part in the São Paulo Biennale in 1989 and the documenta IX in Kassel in 1992. In 2007, he represented Austria at the Venice Biennale.
Selected solo exhibtions: 1991 Kunsthalle Bern; Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Ghent; 1994 Museum Haus Esters, Krefeld; 1998 Secession, Vienna; 1999 Kunsthalle Basel; 2002 Künstlerhaus Graz und Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz; 2009 Deichtorhallen, Hamburg; 2010 Albertina, Vienna; 2012 Bank Austria Kunstforum, Vienna; 2016 Osthaus Museum Hagen; Haus der Kunst St. Josef, Solothurn.
Selected collections: Albertina, Vienna, Centre Pompidou, Paris, Kunsthaus Zürich, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris, Museu Serralves, Porto, Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna, Reina Sofia, Madrid, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, The Renaissance Society, Chicago, Universalmuseum Joanneum, Graz.
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