5 Nov — 6 Mar 22
Meticulous drawings in coloured pencil, large-scale watercolors – the work of Slawomir Elsner (born in 1976) is as unusual as it is multifaceted. Museum Wiesbaden presents the first comprehensive museum show devoted to this artist, who studied at the Kunsthochschule Kassel (master student of Norbert Radermacher) and lives today in Berlin.
In his coloured pencil works, Elsner translates aspects of old master painting into the drawing medium. Stroke by stroke, he approximates the historic paintings, superimposing short lines to form increasingly dense webs of colour. In the abstract watercolours, he generates luminous colour spaces through innumerable monochrome or multicoloured layers.
This exhibition honours Elsner as the recipient of the Otto Ritschl Prize for 2020. While focusing on the artist’s current works, the presentation also provides an overview of decisive milestones in his career.