EDUARD ANGELI 2022
The Kovacek & Zetter Gallery invites you to an extensive exhibition of the work of Eduard Angeli.
For more than five years, the gallery has accompanied Eduard Angeli on his artistic path, which now leads to what is already the artist's second solo exhibition in the gallery spaces.
Eduard Angeli has long been considered one of the most important Austrian contemporaries, and his works have been honored in major exhibitions at home and abroad over the past decades. Until 1 May, the artist can be seen with key works by Robert Longo and Gottfried Helnwein at the Albertina Vienna, where his paintings will be juxtaposed with the works of Ben Willikens.
Eduard Angeli has been working for years with incredible consistency on a dense, unique body of work. His paintings are characterized by a balanced harmony and a silence that nevertheless speaks to us. They tell stories in secret, stories that take place outside our superficial perception.
Galerie Kovacek & Zetter is showing over 30 works on canvas and paper, spanning the period from the 1980s to his most recent paintings. Thematically, space is given to both deserted, atmospheric landscapes and architecturally dominated compositions. The reduction of his pictures, the sparing, thin application of paint and the meditative mood run through his entire oeuvre. In this way, Eduard Angeli creates pictorial spaces that, despite the familiar settings such as the Venice Lagoon, transform into entirely new (urban) landscapes and transport the viewer into a mysterious world seemingly freed from man.
We see vast landscapes, deserts and seas, city scenes that are lonely and deserted, enigmatic before us and yet at the same time hold so much information. We can imagine the sea lying calm and smooth, wildly agitated, and we know about its inhabitants who penetrate to unimagined depths, even if we cannot see them. An abandoned house once served its purpose, sheltered people, offered warmth and protection to its inhabitants. Perhaps it still does today, the presence of human life is palpable and imaginable. Eduard Angeli tidies up his pictures, he frees his compositions from all unnecessary ballast, he creates order.
A comprehensive, scientifically researched catalogue will be published to accompany the exhibition.