27/03 - 13/06/2011
The Berlin painter Jonas Burgert (b. 1969) is one of the whizz-kids of the German art scene. He paints life-size mystic scenarios that document existential mental states and are impressive cultural and historical testimonies as well. Figuration, integrated in myths, the grotesque and the fantastic, is central to his painting. His compositions recall epic stage designs reflecting tense interpersonal relationships. His large-format canvases are acutely sensitive personal portraits of great emotional force and urgency. We encounter kings, shamans, amazons, magicians, demons, children, warriors, hunters and gatherers in exotic costumes and dramatic lighting conditions, who meld with contemporary surroundings. The picture space displays a grand narrative whose actors express the allegories of human existence: melancholy, love, death and justice. Like timeless world-wanderers, these figures spellbind the viewer and inaugurate a dialogue between an urbane and an archaic world. Together with the Kunsthalle Tübingen we are presenting the painter’s first institutional solo exhibition with a cross section of his works since 2005.