20. May - 27. August 2017 Kunsthalle zu Kiel

ANITA ALBUS

Anita Albus, Der rote Brüllaffe – Alouatta seniculus, 1987, Aquarell und deckweiß auf Papier, 22 × 11,9 cm, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Dauerleihgabe der Karl-Walter Breitling und Charlotte Breitling-Stiftung, Foto: Sönke Ehlert © Anita Albus/Karl-Walter Breitling und Charlotte Breitling-Stiftung
Anita Albus, Kardinalslobelie – Lobelia fulgens Wild., 1985–1987, Aquarell und deckweiß auf Papier, 46,3 × 31,4 cm, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Dauerleihgabe der Karl-Walter Breitling und Charlotte Breitling-Stiftung, Foto: Sönke Ehlert © Anita Albus/Karl-Walter Breitling und Charlotte Breitling-Stiftung
Anita Albus, Wachtelkönig, 1997/1998, Öl auf Pergament, auf kaschierter Sperrholzplatte aufgebracht, 17,5 × 11 cm, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Dauerleihgabe der Karl-Walter Breitling und Charlotte Breitling-Stiftung, Foto: Sönke Ehlert © Anita Albus/Karl-Walter Breitling und Charlotte Breitling-Stiftung

The Art Of Seeing

With "Anita Albus, Die Kunst zu sehen" (engl. the art of seeing) the Kunsthalle zu Kiel presents until August 27 a solo exhibition of Burgundy-based artist, scientist and author Anita Albus.

The exhibition celebrates the 75. anniversary of the purchase of 63 works of the artist, which has been arranged by the Walter Breitling und Charlotte Breitling-foundation in 2016 the permanent retention at Kunsthalle Kiel.

Anita Albus deliberately takes up a premodern tradition of arts, literature and science and creates images with masterful precision. The eye-deceptive effect of the small-format originals is the result of her very accurate and time-consuming technique; she often often needs a whole month – sometimes even years – to produce one piece of art.

The wide spectrum of her works includes depictions of endangered flora and fauna as well as the genre of children’s book. Anita Albus' artworks are closely connected to her research and writings on nature and art history.

Evidence of this can be found in the books she has published, such as "The Botanical Drama. Twenty-Four Flowers Painted and Described from Life" (2007) and "On Rare Birds" (2005). Furthermore Albus takes up writings of other authors ("The Jealous Potter", 1987; "Eia popeia", 1978/87) in her works.

Albus' oevre is one of great artisitc value. She paints with technical meticulousness, using colours she herself produces, applied in many layers to create richness in detail. In this way, she reestablishes an understanding of art that appreciates craftsmanship, accuracy and quality in an artwork.

The revival of a long lost artistic knowledge is an integral part of Albus'  practice. She has extensively studied Dutch paintings – miniatures and still lifes – for example by Jan van Eyck and Rogier van der Weyden and has also published books on the subject. 

With its large number of small-scaled works of fine-grained beauty, Kunsthalle zu Kiel pays tribute to Anita Albus' importance for the spectrum of contemporary art. The sensual approach to subjects as botany, ornithology and entomology is an integral part of the artists remembrance work.

The artist has created her personal art memorial, characterized by a comprehensive study of literary, philosophical and mythological subjects. "Anita Albus - Die Kunst zu sehen", the first solo exhibition in a museum since 1980, pays tribute to Anita Albus' oeuvre as a form of solitary resistance in contemporary art.

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