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Jürgen Partenheimer at Musée Ariana, Geneva

Jürgen Partenheimer at Musée Ariana, Geneva

Jürgen Partenheimer, »Kalliope I, II, III«, 2011 | Porcelaine | H: max. 46 cm

Jürgen Partenheimer, »Kalliope I, II, III«, 2011 | Porcelaine | H: max. 46 cm

Jürgen Partenheimer »Calliope«
Musée Ariana, Geneva
Opening: Thursday, November 19, 2015, 7 pm
Exhibition until March 20, 2016

A key figure of Abstract Minimalism, the German artist Jürgen Partenheimer (b.1947), developed a series of twenty-one unique pieces in 2011-2012, at the invitation of the Nymphenburg porcelain factory, based on three forms of Vessels, producing seven different versions of each. The project is entitled Calliope, in reference to the muse of epic poetry.

Rather than simply applying decoration to predetermined models, Partenheimer immersed himself in the complex process of porcelain manufacture, playing with the possibilities of the material. Setting aside the industrial practice of casting, he had the elaborate forms of his vessels wheel-thrown to gain added resonance from the hand-made surface. The painted decoration, featuring lines or areas of colour, accentuates or distances itself from the shape of the recipients, causing the pieces to fluctuate between two- and three-dimensionality. Although belonging to the realm of sculpture, Partenheimer’s Vessels refer directly to the archetypal vase, whose components they incorporate – foot, belly, neck and lip – and in particular the essential inner void, both a vector and a repository of meaning. Partenheimer has fallen under the spell of the medium, tested its limits and heard its call. Calliope is furthermore perfectly consistent with his overall artistic approach.

The complete series, presented in its entirety for the first time and complemented by graphic works, illustrates once again contemporary artists’ fundamental contribution to the history of ceramics.

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