Evergreen Oak, Gallerie ad Albano, 1843 – 1848
Pencil drawing, partly coloured
34,5 x 44 cm
Coll. Kunstmuseen Krefeld
Photo: Volker Döhne
THE INSATIABLE EYE
THE TRAVELS OF THE LANDSCAPE PAINTER ADOLF HÖNINGHAUS

KAISER WILHELM MUSEUM
20 OCTOBER 2017 – 8 APRIL 2018

Opening: Thursday, 19 October 2017, 7 p.m.

Travel became second nature to the landscapist Adolf Höninghaus (1810/11 Krefeld – Krefeld 1882). As a classic representative of the Düsseldorf School of Painting and student of Johann Wilhelm Schirmer, he went on the Grand Tour, as was normal in the nineteenth century, extending it via the high roads and byroads as far as Sicily. The spontaneous manner in which he captured atmospheric scenes, or zoomed in on details of the countryside, and the ingenious way he composed his paintings – all this is reflected in the artist’s extensive estate, which has been in the keeping of the Kunstmuseen Krefeld ever since 1897 and now begs to be rediscovered.
The exhibition casts light on Höninghaus´s beginnings at the Düsseldorfer Kunstakademie in the 1830s, inquires into his teachers, comrades in arms and inspirations, and accompanies him on his travels to Italy - to Rome, which for many years was his adopted home, and to Sicily. No less important will be fathoming the extraordinary techniques Höninghaus used to sketch a particular play of light, as well as the singular eye with which he captured celebrated locations in Italy and back on the Lower Rhine. On show are paintings, numerous sketches in oils, and a generous selection of his drawings. Juxtaposed with works by renowned contemporaries such as J.W. Schirmer and Carl Friedrich Lessing, Caspar Scheuren, and Andreas and Oswald Achenbach, the importance of Adolf Höninghaus in the Düsseldorfer School and for the German nineteenth century landscape will be put in perspective.

The accompanying catalog will sum up the latest research on Adolf Höninghaus’s work and document his estate.
Curators: Prof. Dr. Martina Sitt, Dr. Sylvia Martin

The exhibition THE INSATIABLE EYE will be accompanied by a video piece made by a contemporary artist.

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Victor Burgin
Basilica I, 2006
Photograph, 12 x 8 cm
Courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne
© Victor Burgin
VICTOR BURGIN
VOYAGE TO ITALY

KAISER WILHELM MUSEUM
20 OCTOBER 2017 – 8 APRIL 2018

Opening: Thursday, 19 October 2017, 7 p.m.

Voyage to Italy is a suite of three works by the British artist Victor Burgin: a single screen video projection with sound, and two photo-text works. All images were made in the Basilica at Pompeii. The work stages an exchange between an architectural site, an early documentary photograph and a classic narrative film.

“The point of departure for my work is an image of a woman standing in a classical ruin. The photograph, from a nineteenth-century album of photographs of Pompeii by Carlo Fratacci, is captioned ‘Basilica’. I encountered the image in the photographic archive at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal, where I was invited to make a work in response to the collection. In Pompeii I made two 360 degree panoramic views of the Basilica: one from the position of the woman in Fratacci’s picture, the other from the point-of-view of the photographer. I also photographed each of the columns that delineate the rectangular space in which the woman stands.” Victor Burgin

Victor Burgin (born 1941) is a pioneer and theorist of conceptual art, which has given precedent to the idea over the outward material appearance of an artwork since the 1960s. The video installation Voyage to Italy enters into a dialogue with the oeuvre of the landscape painter Adolf Höninghaus, which is being presented for the first time in the exhibition The Insatiable Eye. Two artists in different centuries share the same travel destination: Italy. Both artists consequently occupy themselves with existing imagery and notions, creating in the process their own ‘picture of Italy’ by means of a reproducing gaze.

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