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Art Basel Unlimited

16. Juni 2016 - 19. Juni 2016, Halle 1.0, Stand U57

Galerie Thomas presents a new wall installation with paintings by Peter Halley, especially designed for Art Basel Unlimited and titled "Weak Force". Peter Halley will install new so-called "grid" paintings from his recently started series on a wall of 4 meters height and 18 meters length approximately, decorated with a digitally printed wallpaper echoing the colour patterns of the paintings by depicting exploding colour cells. The surface design of the paintings is contrasting the recurring pattern of the wallpaper, creating an impressive colour field that challenges the viewer's perception.

Halley's work has been exploring geometrical patterns, colour and surface structures and their organisation, as an investigation in the structure of modern technological layouts of communication, architecture, supply facilities etc. The domination of digitally defined layouts in frames and layers is visible in all of his works, while in his newest paintings, Halley stresses rectangular colour fields without outlining structures as in his cells, prisons and conduits. Associations of large scale image pixels are still present in these recent works, and therefore also Halley's questions on organisation and construction of space, communication and its regulation.

Peter Halleys grid paintings obviously give a contradictory information on the overall structure which is simultaneously visible and indicates kind of a time structure. It remains unclear if this information concentrates on a certain detail in time or constellation of colour fields or if it is rather a random choice, imposing a point of view that leaves no tolerance to the viewer. Even though the strict rules of composition are clearly visible, Halley reveals how the hierarchy of information influences the rules of perception.

Peter Halley is represented in Germany by Galerie Thomas. The gallery has continuously been presenting solo exhibitions and single works by Peter Halley. The artist's project for Art Basel Unlimited combines both the clearly defined, austere geometrical painting he has been developing for more than three decades and his interest in construction patterns of space and communication. At the same time, the project marks a new phase in Peter Halley's painting and artistic approach.

  • February 16, 2016 - Fairs


April 14, 2016

This year, Raimund Thomas will be awarded the ART COLOGNE Prize for his outstanding achievements in the arts. The Munich art dealer was one of the founding members of “Kunstmarkt Köln” back in 1967.

Raimund Thomas decided to become an art dealer in 1961, after studying architecture in Munich. He spent several months in London, New York and Paris, visiting galleries, and attending art history lectures in Munich. In 1964, he opened Galerie Thomas at Maximilianstrasse 25 in Munich.

Despite the fact that the art landscape in Munich was still relatively exclusive at that time, he exhibited artists of the international avant-garde as early as the 60s and 70s, including Yves Klein, Cy Twombly, Eduardo Chillida, Piero Manzoni, but also Gerhard Richter, Joseph Beuys, Josef Albers and Gotthard Graubner. The late 60s were dominated by Pop Art – including an exhibition of Wesselmann’s “Nudes”.

Raimund Thomas soon created his initial focus by specialising in the works of German Expressionism and Classic Modern. Since then, Max Pechstein, August Macke, Gabriele Münter, Ernst Heckel, Christian Rohlfs, Otto Mueller and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner continue to be inextricably associated with the gallery’s programme.

In 1978, the gallery mounted an exhibition with a hundred never before shown works by Alexej von Jawlensky. Another milestone in the gallery’s history is the acquisition of important expressionist works from the legendary “Rheingarten Collection”. Raimund Thomas continued the tradition of his great predecessors, the art dealers Günter Franke and Otto Stangl, with exceptional exhibitions such as the “Die Blaue Vier” cycle, in which Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Alexej von Jawlensky and Lyonel Feininger were presented in turn.

In 1986, Raimund Thomas, with four other art dealers, was a founder member of the auction house Villa Grisebach in Berlin.

He championed contemporary artists such as Mimmo Paladino, Nicola De Maria, Francesco Clemente, Enzo Cucchi – as well as Jean-Michel Basquiat, the graffiti artists or the “Neue Wilden” of Berlin.

Pioneering spirit really is one of the characteristics that Raimund Thomas developed throughout his life. An example of this is the opening of his private art gallery, the A 11 Art Forum, in 1987, where, for many years, he realised his personal vision for exhibitions. Until 1990, he presented, on various floors, cross-sections from 'documenta 8' and the Venice Biennale, frequent works of young art, Beuys, but also classics such as the entire lithographic work of Picasso.

In 1995, his daughter, Silke Thomas, joined the gallery, and has managed it together with him since then.

The most important presentations of recent times include the exhibition with works by Chaim Soutine, the “Meisterwerke I-V” cycle, an series of exhibitions with outstanding works by German expressionists, but also individual exhibitions of important representatives of American Post War, such as Tom Wesselmann, Frank Stella and Jim Dine, as well as an international exhibition project to mark the 75th birthday of Fernando Botero, including the exhibition of his monumental sculptures on the museum island in Berlin in autumn 2007.

In 2009, Galerie Thomas opened a second location in Munich, the Galerie Thomas Modern, at Türkenstrasse 16, in direct vicinity of the Pinakothek der Moderne and Museum Brandhorst. It provides almost 900 square metres of space for art after 1945. The important representatives of German Post-War Art, such as Joseph Beuys and Anselm Kiefer are shown, as well as their contemporaries in the USA, like Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann, Jim Dine, Joan Mitchell, George Segal and Sam Francis, as well as internationally established artists of the younger generation, such as Marc Quinn and Peter Halley.

Since September 2015, both galleries have been located in the art district at Türkenstrasse 16.

With Raimund Thomas, the 2016 ART COLOGNE Prize is being awarded to a founder member of “Kunstmarkt Köln”, the forerunner of the present day ART COLOGNE. Since 1967, Galerie Thomas has been among the regular exhibitors at the world’s first art fair for modern and contemporary art.

The ART COLOGNE Prize is awarded annually by the Bundesverband Deutscher Galerien and Kunsthändler (German Association of Galleries and Art Dealers) and the Koelnmesse for outstanding achievements in the arts. The prize will be presented, in the presence of invited guests, on the opening day of this year’s ART COLOGNE in the historic town hall in Cologne.

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