The exhibition Parallels: Young contemporary painting from Norway / Leipzig showed 38 paintings of ten young artists: Five Norwegian and five German.

Sverre Bjertnæs
Tilo Baumgärtel
Christer Glein
Tim Eitel
Veslemøy Sparre Jansen
Christoph Ruckhäberle
Christer Karlstad
David Schnell
Øystein Tømmerås
Matthias Weischer

The exhibition focused on the new figurative painting that has emerged since the new millennium. The German artists have all studied at the Art Academy in Leipzig. In the last decade, 'The new Leipzig school' is one of the most talked about phenomenon on the international art scene, and artists are referred to as the "the international art scene's young lions." The Norwegian artists have greater spread geographically and emerges less as a defined group.

Art political conditions, market conditions and trends creates very different starting points in our two countries. Yet  the ten artists are sharing a common attitude to painting formal and thematic possibilities of contemporary art. A striking common feature is the interest in collage; artists shows how intricate and complex imaging solutions can revitalize the new figurative painting. Another parallel is evident in the open and informal reuse of pictorial elements from art history.

Thematically, the exhibition shows great breadth. We find sober realism alongside surreal incidents. In general, the artists have an open attitude towards painting literary possibilities, and pictures convey thematic connections between reality, the subconscious, the history of art and the world of myths.

Above all the exhibition demonstrate how figurative paintings made relevant in the contemporary art scene, and how it may evolve in the future.


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