Art Düsseldorf 2023
Galleria Allegra Ravizza and Galerie Volker Diehl are pleased to present a selection of artworks by Günter Weseler (1930-2020) at this year’s Art Düsseldorf.
Weseler belonged to the elite of Rhineland artists – which included, among others, Joseph Beuys, Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke, Otto Piene, Heinz Mack, Günther Uecker and Jörg Immendorff – and participated with his ruffled Atemobjekt in the legendary exhibitions of the time, such as “Düsseldorfer Szene” at the Kunstmuseum in Lucerne in 1969 and “Strategy: Get Arts” at the Edinburgh College of Art in 1970.
During the 1960s, West Germany was undergoing that historical period known as the “Wirtschaftswunder“, a decade of rapid industrial growth and economic development following the Second World War.
In these years of expansion and growth, Düsseldorf became an important cultural center in the European art scene, also thanks to its famous and renowned Academy of Fine Arts which attracted hundreds of students and independent artists from all over Europe. This allowed, and still allows today, to create a network of international contacts which benefited the entire city.
The collective spirit of expressive freedom and the drive to experiment of what is now called the “Düsseldorf scene” was not only breathed in the institutional art environments, but it took over streets, pubs and the most independent galleries and associations as well.
It was precisely this fervor that made simple young artists and ordinary academia students the pillars of the pivotal change in the art of the second half of the twentieth century.
In this scenario where new energies and desire to experiment were throbbing, Günter Weseler established his own atelier, where he embarked on his artistic experience and empirical research. Combining art and life, philosophy and science, emotionality and self-control, the artist developed a path of analysis focused on rhythm and breathing, combining painting and music.
From these pictorial compositions (or acoustic paintings) on paper and masonite derive his organic kinetics works: the Atemobjekt, furry ruffled objects that breathe. With meticulous precision, Weseler transcribes movement diagrams on Cartesian coordinates while adapting to these systems small motors that determine the breathing rhythms of his works, his “organic lives”.
Galleria Allegra Ravizza
30 marzo – 02 aprile 2023
Areal Bohler, Düsseldorf