Joep van Liefland
Christoph von Weyhe
Christoph von Weyhe, exhibition views
CHRISTOPH VON WEYHE
Opening: Saturday, March 17, 2 - 5 pm
Exhibition dates: March 20 – April 28, 2018
Christoph von Weyhe was born in Halle / Saale in 1937 and grew up close to Hamburg on a family estate. From a young age, the port of Hamburg held a special fascination with him, which he studied spellbound on his train journeys to and from the city.
In the late 1950s, he moved to France to study art at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. After graduating in 1961, he started to create pen drawings from the port of Hamburg, and it remains an artistic motif that he has never let go of. Once or twice a year, the artist, who still lives in Paris, returns to this fascinating place of his youth and produces plein air gouaches on paper. Working in the solace and silence of the night, he vibrantly captures the atmospheric mood of this unique and ever changing world with its countless cranes, shipping containers, shifting visibility and varied points of illumination.
Back in his studio in Paris, in a second act, he translates the swiftly created motifs of the gouaches onto canvases. Following a laborious work process, which can take several months, and even years, he paints using a very thin brush. He translates the seemingly abstract motifs into subtle lights and shadows, reminiscent shapes and, above all, creates a hypnotic atmospheric mood from the original „plain air“ gouaches. These paintings, which consist of multiple layers of very thin brushstrokes, look like dense sombre, illuminated tapestries.
"His gouaches and his paintings give away an increasingly hypnotic power and his glance seems deeper and deeper, so far as to pierce reality with the power of the infrared and of the X-Ray. Is it by chance that the Harbor of Hamburg has been, for twenty years, reoccurring in his work. This harbor, so familiar to him, was mostly destroyed in the time of his childhood. He seems to watch its ghostly appearance, and in the night, its lights appear as the ones that would reach us from dead stars. Christoph von Weyhe remains for me, this diver who sinks ceaselessly into the depths and silence, looking for a town of Y's and what André Breton called the gold of time." Patrick Modiano.
Christoph von Weyhe's works are part of the collection of the Museé d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (MAM), the Fonds National d'Art Contemporain (FNAC), the Städelmuseum in Frankfurt am Main and numerous international private collections.
We cordially invite you to our opening on Saturday, March 17th from 2 - 5 pm in our gallery. We show a selection of works on paper and canvases by the artist, which reflect his iconic artistic practice. This is the second solo exhibition by the artist in our gallery.