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Solo show: Yüksel Ars­lan - Ar­tu­res (over)

21 April 2012 until 24 June 2012
  Yüksel Ars­lan - Ar­tu­res
Yüksel Arslan, Arture 557, 2002, 35 x 35 cm
  Kunsthalle Düsseldorf

Kunsthalle Düsseldorf
Grabbeplatz 4
40213 Dusseldorf
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The Tur­kish ar­tist Yüksel Ars­lan (born 1933, li­ves and works in Pa­ris) left his na­ti­ve coun­try in 1962 and sett­led in Pa­ris whe­re he has sin­ce ge­ne­ra­ted an crea­ti­ve oeu­vre in his ho­me ba­sed in and on the re­cep­ti­on of cul­tu­ral, so­cio­lo­gi­cal, phi­lo­so­phi­cal and ar­tis­tic li­te­ra­tu­re. The ex­hi­bi­ti­on in the Kunst­hal­le Düs­sel­dorf re­pres­ents the first pre­sen­ta­ti­on of a selec­tion of over 200 works on pa­per outside Tur­key sin­ce 1959. The show fo­cu­ses on the so-cal­led Ar­tu­res, pain­tings on pa­per pro­du­ced in a uni­que tech­ni­que wi­th spe­cial paints. The works are mar­ked by an ex­pres­siven­ess that Eugène De­lac­roix al­re­a­dy de­scri­bed as a ty­pi­cal for the Ori­ent or the Ne­ar East.

Their con­tents deal wi­th the re­la­ti­ons­hip of thought and mys­ti­cism, sci­ence and the vi­su­al arts whi­le ta­king up phi­lo­so­phi­cal, li­tera­ry and mu­si­cal cur­rents that can be de­si­gna­ted as the fo­un­da­ti­on of Wes­tern thought, knowing full well that the in­sights an­cho­red he­re would pro­bab­ly ne­ver ha­ve co­me about wi­thout the em­pi­ri­cal va­lues of others peop­les and cul­tu­res.

Ars­lan does not ma­ke use of clas­sic paints for his works, mi­xing in­s­tead pig­ments from di­ver­se her­bal extracts, bo­di­ly fluids and other na­tu­ral ele­ments such as flowers and grass in ad­di­ti­on to such sub­stan­ces as oil, co­al and sto­nes. This pro­cess is a cen­tral com­po­nent in the de­ve­lop­ment of the pic­to­ri­al in­ven­ti­on and does not re­pre­sent a dis­tinct pre­pa­ra­to­ry part of the crea­ti­ve act. Ac­cor­ding to Ars­lan, the orig­ins of pain­ting ha­ve in­crea­sin­gly be­en ne­glec­ted sin­ce mo­der­nism or, at the la­test, sin­ce the in­tro­duc­tion of in­dus­tri­al­ly ma­nu­fac­tu­red paints. Li­ke Jean Du­buf­fet, the ar­tist en­dea­vours to cast off the bal­last of the pre­sent in or­der to extract the true es­sence. Ar­lan can on­ly re­dis­co­ver the ori­gi­nal via things that ha­ve see­mingly be­en over­co­me by cul­tu­re, but in fact ha­ve on­ly dis­gui­sed by it, for ex­amp­le pro­crea­ti­on and se­xua­li­ty. He is fa­mi­li­ar wi­th cul­tu­ral "bal­last" through his long oc­cupa­ti­on wi­th mo­dern and an­ci­ent lan­gua­ges, his­to­ry, phi­lo­so­phy, mu­sic and tra­di­tio­nal cul­tu­res. But Ars­lan has co­me to the re­co­gni­ti­on that much of this does not cor­re­spond to the true es­sence of the hu­man being, and in the pro­cess, he pur­su­es the si­mi­la­ri­ties lin­king po­pu­lar ele­ments in the orig­ins of cul­tu­res around the world.

The ex­hi­bi­ti­on, which is pre­sent­ly on show at the Kunst­hal­le Zü­rich (28 Ja­nu­a­ry - 9 April 2012), can be se­en af­ter­wards at the Kunst­hal­le in Vi­en­na. The com­pre­hen­si­ve and opu­lent­ly il­lus­tra­ted ex­hi­bi­ti­on ca­ta­lo­gue pu­blis­hed by Hat­je Cantz Ver­lag fea­tures texts by Elo­die Evers, Jac­ques Val­let and Oli­ver Zy­bok and well as an in­ter­view wi­th Yüksel Ars­lan by Bea­trix Ruf.

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