Gertsch — Gauguin — Munch

Cut in Wood

MASI Lugano
12 May – 22 September 2019

Franz Gertsch
Inverno [Winter], 2016
Xilografia
Collezione privata, courtesy Galleri K, Oslo
© Franz Gertsch
Foto: Dominique Uldry

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The exhibition brings together Gertsch’s monumental woodcuts from 1988 to 2017 with woodcuts by Paul Gauguin and Edvard Munch, works selected by Franz Gertsch himself. Franz Gertsch’s choice of his kindred artists might be slightly surprising at first glance. Yet in spite of the passage of time and the stylistic differences at hand, there are profound affinities among these three artists extending far beyond their mutual expertise in the woodcut technique and the technical advancements in it that they promoted. Gertsch states that he sees ‘a kinship with Gauguin and Munch as individualists and specialists in the art of the woodcut, since all three of us have seemingly developed an entirely distinctive language when applying this technique. There is nothing similar or comparable in our three woodcut oeuvres; they are all somehow uniquely singular.’

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GALLERY

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Franz Gertsch,Natascha IV, 1988
Franz Gertsch, Natascha IV, 1988
Woodcut (three printing blocks: drawing,
contrast and ground tone) 232.5 x 182 cm
Three-colour impression on Kumohadamashi
Japan paper by Heizaburo Iwano,
ea 6/7 [= ap 6/7]
Private collection, courtesy Galleri K, Oslo
© Franz Gertsch
Ph: Dominique Uldry
2 / 9
Franz Gertsch, Triptychon Schwarzwasser, 1992
Franz Gertsch, Triptychon Schwarzwasser, 1992
Woodcut (three printing blocks, 237 x 185 cm each), 237 x 555 cm
Blue-grey impression on Kumohadamashi Japan paper by Heizaburo Iwano: three sheets of 276 x 217 cm, right and left sheet cut to c. 276 x 203 cm
Nr. 9
Private collection, courtesy Galleri K, Oslo
© Franz Gertsch
Ph: Dominique Uldry
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Franz Gertsch, Winter, 2016
Franz Gertsch, Winter, 2016
Woodcut (two printing blocks, 190 x 127.8 cm each), 190 x 255.6 cm
Dark blue impression on Kumohadamashi Japan paper by Heizaburo Iwano, 215 x 276 cm
Nr. 14
Private collection, courtesy Galleri K, Oslo
© Franz Gertsch
Ph: Dominique Uldry
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Edvard Munch, Måneskinn I [Moonlight I], 1896
Edvard Munch, Måneskinn I [Moonlight I], 1896
Colour woodcut on Japan paper
Image: 40 x 47.5 cm, sheet: 49 x 54.7 cm
Private collection, courtesy
Gallery K, Oslo
Ph: Reto Rodolfo Pedrini
5 / 9
Edvard Munch, Kyss IV [The Kiss IV], 1902
Edvard Munch, Kyss IV [The Kiss IV], 1902
Colour woodcut on Japan paper
Image: 46.8 x 47.2 cm, sheet: 52.5 x 59 cm
Private collection, courtesy
Gallery K, Oslo
Ph: Reto Rodolfo Pedrini
6 / 9
Edvard Munch, Pikene på broen
[The Girls on the Bridge], 1918
Edvard Munch, Pikene på broen [The Girls on the Bridge], 1918
Combination print with colour woodcut
and colour lithograph on wove paper
Image: 49.6 x 42.9 cm, sheet: 64.6 x 50.2 cm
Private collection, courtesy
Gallery K, Oslo
Ph: Reto Rodolfo Pedrini
7 / 9
Paul Gauguin, NAVE NAVE FENUA
[Delightful Land], 1893–1894
Paul Gauguin, NAVE NAVE FENUA [Delightful Land], 1893–1894
Colour woodcut on Japanese paper
Image: 35.6–35.7 x 20.6–20.8 cm,
sheet: 39.9 x 25 cm
Private collection, courtesy
Gallery K, Oslo
Ph: Reto Rodolfo Pedrini
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Paul Gauguin, AUTI TE PAPE
[Women at the River], 1893–1894
Paul Gauguin, AUTI TE PAPE [Women at the River], 1893–1894
Colour woodcut on Japanese paper
Image: 20.5–20.7 x 35.6–36 cm, sheet: 25 x 39.8 cm
From the suite Noa Noa
Private collection, courtesy
Gallery K, Oslo
Ph: Reto Rodolfo Pedrini
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Paul Gauguin, Bouddha (Buddha), 1895
Paul Gauguin, Buddha, 1898-1899
Woodcut on Japanese paper
Image and sheet: 30.3 x 22.78 cm
From the Vollard Suite
Private collection, courtesy
Gallery K, Oslo
Ph: Reto Rodolfo Pedrini

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