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.