Peter Roesch

Aargauer Kunsthaus

This retrospective exhibition of Peter Roesch’s works was divided into a painting section and a drawing section. The paintings dominated the exhibition; they extended like a giant frieze over the four walls of the central gallery space. Then in the dark, windowless cellar one discovered a cabinet—almost, paradoxically, like an illuminated tomb—with the same number of drawings as there had been paintings. This division is not a qualitative one; rather it demonstrates an equivalency of both mediums for Roesch. The mediums correspond so fully that one can speak of a mutuality. Also, there are no hierarchies in Roesch’s work, and so the drawings are not simply studies for the paintings. The different types of images grow out of one another; the painted image is rooted in drawing, just as the drawings are rooted in painting. The installation of the drawing cabinet might even be considered a

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