previews

Bern

Franz Gertsch

Kunstmuseum Bern
Hodlerstrasse 12
November 13 - March 12

Curated by Reinhard Spieler and Samuel Vitali

Also on view at Museum Franz Gertsch, Burgdorf

The Swiss Photorealist painter Franz Gertsch has recently enjoyed a much-deserved reconsideration, and on the occasion of his seventy-fifth birthday, the Kunstmuseum Bern and the Museum Franz Gertsch have assembled a retrospective. Coinciding with a renewal of interest in Photorealism and the recent currency of this painterly mode among younger artists, Gertsch’s revival becomes all the more relevant. The shows include some sixty canvases: from early favorites like At Luciano’s House, 1973, and his “Patti Smith” series (1977–79) to a new painting, Silvia III, 2003–2005. One can also survey Gertsch’s woodcuts, gouaches, and watercolors.

Travels to Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Apr.–June 2006; Kunsthalle Tübingen, July–Oct. 2006.