Sean Scully, Vita Duplex

Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe

25 March – 5 August 2018

Sean Scully was born in Dublin in 1945 and grew up in London. One of the leading contemporary artists, he contends that art results from the conflict between body and soul, impulse and reflection, structure and emotion, superficiality and depth.


Vita Duplex, the exhibition staged at Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, shows some one hundred works by the artist and offers a comprehensive overview of his oeuvre and his mental universe. Scully’s passionate abstract paintings perfectly reflect his poetical and philosophical approach to such subjects as metaphysics, melancholia, passion, human nature, the sorrow caused by loss, or our ability to perceive tensions, resist and overcome them and finally reconcile after conflicts.


Paintings created between the 1960s/70s and today illustrate the way Scully has reinterpreted abstract art: according to him, it is a medium and not merely a formal confrontation of the artist with colours, forms, surfaces, structures, light, rhythm and the human body — and certainly not a reflection on the history of abstract art itself. Scully’s clearly structured repertoire renders the landscapes he discovered, his frames of mind, his experiences and his day-to-day life, as well as the books he read and what he experienced with his body.


In 2019, the exhibition will move to the LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur in Münster.

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