Viewing Room – The Backward Glance can be a Glimpse into the Future

Viewing Room – The Backward Glance can be a Glimpse into the Future

Sep 05Nov 07 2020

von Bartha, Basel

To Make our anniversary exhibition accessible to everyone, we’ve published an Online Viewing Room on ‘The Backward Glance can be a Glimpse into the Future’, curated by Beat Wismer here. Find short bits of the history of von Bartha and anecdotes on works by Beat Wismer along the lines. All prices are including Swiss VAT and if you would like to know more, please find the ‘enquire here’ button at the bottom of the page.

Marina Adams
Dancing Barefoot, 2020
Acrylic on linen
224 x 198 cm

CHF 72‘000
Sarah Oppenheimer
S-JT.A, 2014
Aluminium, glass and existing architecture
150 x 130 x 82 cm

CHF 48‘000
- Lygia Clark, Bicho - Projeto Para um planeta-Pq, 1960, Aluminium. Dimensions variable, Private Collection
- Mike Meiré, Untitled, 2020, Ceramic, 85 x 20 x 24 cm, CHF 15‘000
- Mike Meiré, Untitled, 2020, Ceramic, 85 x 33 x 28 cm, CHF 15‘000
- Verena Loewensberg, Untitled, 1956, Oil on canvas, 101 x 51 cm, Price upon request
- Enio Iommi, Construcción, 1945, Painted iron, marble, 54 x 49 x 33.5 cm, Collection von Bartha

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A hundred years ago the young artists Lajos Kassák and Sándor Bortnyik, who had emigrated from Hungary, developed the concept of a non-objective image architecture. Around the same time in 1920, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy was becoming a constructivist artist in Berlin. Fifty years ago, in 1970, the young Hungarian Miklos von Bartha opened his first gallery in Basel together with his Swedish wife Margareta.
Beat Wismer, 2020
Karim Noureldin
MISR, 2008
16 Lambda prints on Fujiflex
16 framed photographs, each 20 x 25 cm

CHF 45‘000
Ricardo Alcaide
Aligned , 2016
Industrial lacquer on mdf
140 x 169.5 cm

CHF 20‘000
Left: Marion Baruch, Promenade sensuelle, 2017, Silk, 80 x 150 cm, CHF 10‘500
Right: Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Composition à motifs d’oiseaux, 1927-22, Watercolour, graphite , 38 x 26.5 cm, Private Collection
Richard Paul Lohse
Vertikale Teilung, 1949
Oil on canvas
71 x 71 cm

Price upon request
Auguste Herbin
Christ, 1943
35 x 23.5 cm

CHF 14‘000

The arc of the exhibition is not chronologically ordered but nonetheless far-reaching: from contemporary, rigorously conceptual works and freely autonomous painterly positions back to the pioneers of international and South American Constructivism from the half century before the gallery’s founding—but also, vice versa, from works that seem incredibly young, though factually older, to today’s positions, which for their part have benefited from and developed the potentials of classical modernism, minimalistically strict or playfully free, geometrically abstract or figurative, but always reflected and respectful.

- Gyula Kosice, Estructura luminica Madí A4, 1946, Neon, 58 x 43 x 18 cm, CHF 250‘000
- Carmelo Arden Quin, Coplanal, 1945, Lacquer on panel, H: 55 cm, Collection von Bartha
- Marina Adams, Open the Next Sky, 2020, Acrylic on linen, 249 x 198 cm, CHF 75‘000
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Christian Andersson
Olympus, 2020
Plexiglass box, glass sheet, mirror glass sheet, National Geographic magazine (October 1978)
27 x 19 x 25 cm
Ed: 1/3 + 1 AP

CHF 7‘000
Beat Zoderer
Würfel No 8, 1992
Concrete cast, framework of sheet steel
50 x 50 x 50 cm

CHF 40‘000
Left: Julia Gruner, Das Randall, 2020, Acrylic paint, Dimension variable, Price upon request
Right: Camille Graeser, Zweimal komplementär 1 : 4, 1965, Oil on canvas, 78 x 60 cm, CHF 140‘000

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The exhibition is built around the idea of the symposium: on one hand, in its contemporary sense of a conference—disparate intelligent voices from various directions participating in an open artistic conversation through a wide variety of languages—on the other, the well-considered composition of the exhibition also evokes the symposium’s original meaning, i.e. a convivial gathering appropriate to the festive anniversary occasion.

Left: Beat Zoderer, Polygoner Monolith No. 2 Blau (Serie III), 2019, Solid aluminium milled and anodized, 97 x 55 x 67 cm, CHF 25‘000

Right: Beat Zoderer, Polygoner Monolith No. 4 Schwarz (Serie III), 2019, Solid aluminium milled and anodized, 97 x 55 x 67 cm, CHF 25‘000
Barbara Stauffacher Solomon
Waves 1 of ten - Waves 10 of ten, 2012
Graphite and colored
pencil on paper
27.9 x 21.6 cm

CHF 30‘000
Sophie Taeuber-Arp,
Komposition in einem schwarzen Kreis, 1937 / 39
Gouache on paper
35 x 26 cm

Price upon request
Landon Metz
Untitled, 2016
Dye, canvas and wooden support
282.9 x 75.6 x 75.6 cm

Price upon request
Mary Heilmann
The Red Screen, 1995
Oil on white grounded paper
107 x 76 cm

CHF 95‘000

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The works on display are by some 40 artists with whom von Bartha has worked with over the past decades or is currently working with. Furthermore the gallery owner and the curator also invited a few other artists, whose works make an attractive contribution to the discourse outlined above.

Left: Terry Haggerty, Middle Ground, 2008, Acrylic on canvas, 183 x 153 cm, CHF 45‘000
Right: two objects by Anna Dickinson
Left: John Wood & Paul Harrison, This is a projector, 2019, slide projector, 81 x 35mm slides, dimensions variable, CHF 20‘000
Right: Imi Knoebel, Für Piet, Kasimir und Carmen, 1981, Acrylic, metal, mirror, 55 x 44 x 5 cm, Private Collection
Francisco Sierra
Poool, 2016/17
Oil on canvas
180 x 225 cm

CHF 30‘000
Francisco Sierra
NewExBolígrafo, 2015
Oil on board
24 x 18 cm / 21 x 18 cm

Each CHF 2‘800
Alfréd Forbát
Opus Nr. 1, 1920
Charcoal on paper
22.5 x 18 cm

CHF 40‘000
Florian Slotawa
KS.067, 2020
Lamsbwool roll, wood, lacquered metal

CHF 12‘000
- Karim Noureldin, Pi, 2020, Acrylic on wood, each 40 x 27 cm, each CHF 7‘500
- Iman Issa, Heritage Studies #22, 2016, Painted wood, vinyl text, 68 x 68 x 245 cm, Edition of 3 + 2 AP, CHF 45‘000
- Olle Baertling, Karak, 1962, Oil on canvas, 195 x 97 cm, Collection von Bartha

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