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29.09.17 - 25.02.18

We cordially invite you to the opening of the exhibition on Friday September, 29th at 7 pm

Holger Schmidhuber: Broken Territories – Unsehbar

29.09.17 – 17.12.17

CCA Andratx is pleased to present its first solo-show with the German artist Holger Schmidhuber (DE, 1970).

The exhibition will bring together the artist’s two latest series of work revealing his practice with abstract painting on multiple formats throughout his career. On the one hand, the CCA Gallery will be the second stage for Schmidhuber’s series “Carpets of the Forgotten”. Whereas the first set up at the Museum Wiesbaden in the early 2017, the carpets took over the Old Masters Collection room, at CCA those pieces will be confronted with his newest series of work “La Seu – unsehbar”.

The “Carpets of the Forgotten” comprise an extensive series of painting interventions on old oriental carpets (up-to 100 years old) and are presented as walk-through floor paintings. All the works contain short typographical statements, which occupy a central position in the works. These are text fragments from the artist's own lyric sources, such as earlier lyrics, poems and notes.

Peter Forster, curator at the Museum Wiesbaden describes: "Now the visitor can finally do something incredible! He can enter the carpets, which are actually works of art, he can stand on them, lie down or sit down. This is how Holger Schmidhuber evokes a changed body feeling in the room. But not only this newly gained physical freedom opens a new feeling for space, it changes the space itself. "

On the other hand, since 2002 Schmidhuber has been studying the phenomenon of "self-chosen blindness" or phosphenes, characterized by the experience of seeing light without actually seeing light with the eye. Contrasting to the floor pieces, “La Seu – unsehbar” comprises large format paintings on canvas resulting of Schmidhuber’s deep study of Palma’s Cathedral “La Seu”.

During the last two years, the artist has repeatedly produced studies on the interior of this magnificent building, in which the light and colour effects, as well as the spatial structures, were documented at different times of the day and seasons. The glazed round windows, in particular the largest Gothic rosette in the world with a 12-meter diameter, permeate into Schmidhuber's paintings transmitting the bright light and effects that one could see when closing the eyes after looking at it.

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