Matthias Schaller: Das Meisterstück
September 7 - December 20, 2018
The large-scale photographs that comprise German artist Matthias Schaller’s Das Meisterstück (The Masterpiece) each document the paint palettes and sometimes brushes of legendary artists—Frida Kahlo, Salvador Dalí, Claude Monet, Natalia Goncharova, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, among others. Schaller’s project began when the photographer visited Cy Twombly’s studio in Gaeta, Italy. Since 2007, Schaller has made a career of documenting over two hundred palettes from over seventy artists of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Schaller sees each image as “an indirect portrait of the painter and of his or her painting technique.” The sparse chaos of Tombly’s swirls of abstract color, or the overwhelming depth of Yves Klein’s blue, or the broad, gestural brushstrokes on Édouard Manet’s palette, or Piet Mondrian’s flat expanse of white each signal the work, style, and legacy of each individual painter. Schaller’s photographs stage a conversation between artists and between media, while providing invaluable insight into each artist’s use of color, organization of space, and facture.
The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College, 601 E. Main St., Collegeville, is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. The museum is closed on Mondays. Admission to the Berman Museum is always free. It is accessible to visitors with disabilities.
Opening reception: September 6, 2018 from 4 – 7pm
Photo: Matthias Schaller, Claude Monet, n.d. Inkjet print, Frame: 39 3/8 x 31 1/2 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Sonnabend Gallery.