Süddeutsche Zeitung vom 2. Juli 1998

Süddeutsche Zeitung from July 2, 1998

Diverse likeness

Exhibition about human images in the Posthamerhaus

Ingolstadt (DKl)
Interesting aspect of an exhibition when the famous portraitist himself is portrayed again. For example, in one of the exhibits at the Im Psthamerhaus Gallery on the topic of images of humanity in the works of artists of our time.” The exhibition shows portraits and heads of prominent and unknown contemporaries in various artistic forms of expression. A spectrum of sculpture, painting and drawing that consciously demonstrates contrasts in human depiction.
Five of the twelve portrait artists present themselves in a more traditional way in the characterizing reproduction of individual features - true to the original, but filtered through the artist's eye.
So the Munich sculptor and art professor Hans Wimmer with the bronze sculpture of the writer Anette Kolb from 1967: the impressive old face of a 97-year-old, touching the viewer.
In addition, Wimmer himself is portrayed in a large-format half-length portrait and three sensitive pencil drawings by Ulla Margarethe Scholl - a sensitive reminder of the teacher's facial expressions and posture.
Another contribution from this network of relationships is theirs
Mother, the sculptor Ulla Scholl, with a portrait bust of Thomas Mann: a speaking portrait of a man of letters, impressive in the precise elaboration of his physiognomy.
In 1957, C. 0. Müller portrayed the first Federal President Theodor Heuss using a completely different technique: with a lifelike oil painting in warm colors.
In addition to realistic portraits of his circle of friends, the painter Walter Oberhofer, a student of COMüller, also presents new, thoughtful type studies on childhood, youth and old age. Snapshots of character traits and moods, captivating in their harmonious color character.
In contrast to this in color and form, in the middle room of the gallery are neo-realistic representations such as the "Town Tramps", nine lifelike men's heads by Klaus Soppe from Munich. Misery of life captured with compassion, current events in picture form. Frederico von Rieger, who is Italian by choice, has a slightly surreal feel in his Portraits “Cain”, “Beethoven” and “The Widow”.
A clear change in style then to a different kind of human
Images: instead of individual traits, now anonymous studies of psychological behavior patterns. The master of this art is the illustrator Georg Kleber, who is very convincing with his series of small-format “heads”. Some of them are frightening faces, sometimes reduced to eyes and hollow-cheeked areas of the mouth. In clear contours, the sweeping black line is occasionally supplemented by color accents in red and pale blue .
Its large-format black one is highly expressive
Chalk drawing "Untitled": a curved body, symbol of human crouching - formally limited to the essentials.
Harry Meyer shows expressive oil paintings in the color palette of bright red, yellow, turquoise and black as an example of the new “Bavarian Real Expressionism”. Horrible faces en face, screaming open mouths in deformed head contours. Brought to the canvas with a rapid brush, in impasto application of paint. By The watercolors by Jan Preis demonstrate a similar spontaneity, but a completely different implementation: images of people with an abstract tendency in lightly dabbed brushstrokes of high quality, with funny titles such as “From my felfmade ancestral galire.” The sculptor's terracotta sculptures radiate great calm in this room Ingeborg Previn from: Head and torso, strictly reduced with a greenish patina. An interesting overview of the image of humanity in art.
Barbara Fiedler-Schrecker

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