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WELT AM SONNTAG
March 4, 2018
... For Klee, the talented violinist since his early youth, the structural principle of music was also a stimulus for visual art. That is proven by Galerie Thomas’s show, furnished with international loans ... . Klee transposed the rhythm, the mathematical, into melodically interwoven lines and surfaces. His love of theatre is exquisitely documented by the watercolour "Eine Blume tritt auf” ("A Flower Performs") of 1934, composed in warm, soothing brown tones. It is one of the few works for sale ... : At the centre of the boards, which represent the world, the flower head stands on a delicate stalk between delicately billowing lengths of fabric. ...
... The roughly 40 paintings, watercolours and drawings created between 1914 and 1939 show how intensively the theme of music occupied the artist in his works, to the extent of influencing their structure and design. At the focus is the work Die Sängerin L. als Fiordiligi (The Singer L. as Fiordiligi) from 1923. Inspired by Mozart’s opera Così fan tutte, Klee created the motif several times, including in a lithograph, which he bestowed upon selected collectors. ...
February 27, 2018
... A fabulous exhibition by Galerie Thomas shows the huge importance of music in the life and work of the painter Paul Klee. ... As we know, the artist turned to pictures; the over 10,000 works that he left on his death in 1940 speak an abundantly clear language. However, we are still amazed by how sensitively, masterly and occasionally amusingly Klee smuggled music - so fundamentally important to him - into his works. This is now demonstrated in a fabulously concentrated form by Galerie Thomas’s exhibition. ... At the centre of this sonorous round stands a prima donna. "Die Sängerin L. als Fiordiligi" ("The Singer L. as Fiordiligi") (1923) is one of the Klees you can instantly fall in love with. That, at any rate, was the experience of the gallerist Raimund Thomas...
February 24, 2018
... The inspiration that [Klee] experienced in music can be closely observed in the fabulous exhibition at Galerie Thomas. In the illuminated display cabinets, Paul Klee’s pictures are presented like precious objects. The first impulse for the extensive exhibition was provided by Klee’s most famous opera picture "Die Sängerin L. als Fiordiligi" ("The Singer L. as Fiordiligi") (1923). “My encounter with the picture was spontaneous love at first sight”, writes the Munich gallerist Raimund Thomas in the foreword to the lavish catalogue. Around it, the curator Christine Hopfengart ... has grouped 40 works, mostly top-flight loans from museums and private collections. ...
February 22, 2018
... We’re justified in calling it a drum roll, this exhibition. Or else a clarion call. Not only because it centres around the theme of music. But also because the brilliant Paul Klee presentation at Galerie Thomas in Munich has become a veritable museum-like thematic showcase - with top-flight loans from museums and private collections, as well as an opulent catalogue book. In illuminated display cabinets, the pictures are presented in subdued lighting, not entirely without good reason, like showpieces from a treasure chamber. “Paul Klee. Music and Theatre in Life and Work” is the name of the exhibition, curated by Christine Hopfengart; with this theme, it also represents a milestone in Klee research. ...
MONOPOL BAVARIA - ART AND CULTURE
... Drawing on 40 paintings created between 1914 and 1940, the exhibition at Thomas demonstrates how Klee’s landscapes, architectures and abstract compositions reflect rhythms and melodies, how his figurative scenes are often also based on the pathos and wit of the theatrical stage. ...
July 23, 2015
It was only a matter of time until Galerie Thomas left its premises in Maximilianstrasse. And yet: after 50 years, a traditionale company is leaving the street that, as a prime location, was once the dream of every gallerist. But times have changed. Maximilianstrasse has lost importance to the same degree that the art district has increased in attractiveness. In addition, the gallery, with its contemporary spin-off Thomas Modern, has already had a presence in the art district for five years. And now it is also moving its business in Expressionists and Classical Modernists here.
April 19, 2015
At Thomas, of Munich, Simon Schubert is given a stimulating contemporary position His paper foldings do not exhaust themselves in virtuosity; in their ambivalent mediumship, they create a mood that is just as conflicted, and which characterises Schubert as a successor of the Symbolists.
January 20, 2015
Wherever the multimedia artist, filmmaker and poet Rebecca Horn sets up her installations, she touches the viewers with her mythically shaded imagery and clear poetry. That is true just as much at her first Munich exhibition at Galerie Thomas Modern as at the great museums of New York, Moscow and Berlin. Here, the 70-year-old has left nothing to chance. She travelled here personally to arrange the works into a show of museum quality.
September 6/7, 2014
Galerie Thomas, now located both at Maximilianstrasse 25 and Türkenstrasse 16 (as Galerie Thomas Modern), is celebrating its half century. Raimund Thomas (born in 1938) and, since 1996, his daughter Silke (born in 1966), together with the two directors, offer top-flight works such as Classical Modernists, Expressionists and Post-War Artists à la Tom Wesselmann or Anselm Kiefer, but also “outliers” such as young art.
June 21, 2014
Galerie Thomas appears in a white cube. But the two entrances, with a Kiefer-Segal installation on one side and an Indiana-Baselitz-Warhol combination on the other, give the impression that they are rolling out the red carpet.
Art experts and gallerists like Thomas were quick to recognise the artist’s talent. From 1999, his works were shown continuously at a total of 70 exhibitions in nine different countries. In addition, his untiring accomplishment has already been rewarded with five distinctions, including the “ZVAB Phoenix Art Award” in 2008.
NEUE ZÜRCHER ZEITUNG
December 7, 2013
In the field of Classical Modernism, for example, Galerie Thomas makes a strong appearance with Max Beckmann. His portrait of two women with a cat, of 1949, majestically dominates the stand of the Munich-based gallery, and with such a presence, even the price seems reasonable.
Women were often the focal point of Tom Wesselmann’s oeuvre, as shown by the famous “Great American Nudes” among others. Provocatively, the American (1931 - 2004), one of the most important of the founders of Pop Art, presented his nude women as commodities, relying on key visual stimuli and avoiding portraying the models' personal characteristics. From February 22 to May 11, 2013, Galerie Thomas Modern of Munich presents a stimulating selection of Tom Wesselmann’s pictures from all phases of his creative work.
December 6, 2012
Galerie Thomas is holding a double exhibition of museum quality dedicated to Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Edvard Munch. This raises the question about how functions should be shared between a museum and the art market.
He was ready to admit that Dürer served as his role model. But Ernst Ludwig Kirchner had an allergic reaction when told that Edvard Munch had influenced him.
[...] a direct confrontation of his work with that of Munch had never been seen before in such a concentration. A major commercial art gallery has thus taken on the function of a museum, presenting a display supervised by academics, and accompanied by a catalogue. Galerie Thomas’s book accompanying the Munch-Kirchner exhibition also contains articles by art historians: the Munch curator Dieter Buchhart and the acknowledged Kirchner expert Gerd Presler.
November 13, 2012
Edvard Munch and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner not only have a lot in common in artistic terms, a fact they were reluctant to accept. Now they are juxtaposed with one another in an exhibition. Galerie Thomas has made the interesting attempt to compare the two artists, who had a crucial influence on Expressionism.
September 13, 2012
Thomas excels once again with a compilation that aspires to museum-quality.. The big five names in contemporary German art are assembled here: Baselitz . Kiefer . Knoebel . Polke . Richter. A show definitely not to be missed, in rooms that would do credit to an art museum".
May 26, 2012
Now, Galerie Thomas in Munich is showing how Emil Nolde managed to get at the essence in his portraits and nature paintings. This wonderful example of Nolde’s radical treatment of clashing colour shades can currently be seen at Galerie Thomas in Munich. The proprietor and Nolde expert Silke Thomas has single-handedly compiled a fine selection of Nolde’s work.
December 22, 2011
In the style of Joseph Beuys. A magnificent and opulent show is dedicated to the epoch-making alchemist of fat-and-felt at the premises of Thomas Modern (Tuerkenstrasse 16).
FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG
September 10, 2011
Works by all the aforementioned, and other works by related or privately linked artists are shown by Galerie Thomas in the “Familienbande” exhibition, divided between its two locations in Maximilianstrasse and Tuerkenstrasse. It’s a bit like reading the gossip magazines: Who is with whom? What is their ex doing? You don’t hear much of Ulay since Marina Abramovic gave him his marching orders. Who’s rebelling? Jeanne-Claude, for example, who insisted on taking her share of her husband Christo’s fame. We already knew that it was usually the women who drew the short straw when, like Sonja Delaunay-Terk, they work at least on equal terms with their partner and then he was thought to be the “brains” of the partnership. But the show doesn’t want to prove anything. Most of all there is a lot of good art on offer.
September 9, 2011
With his bright and garish geometrical paintings, the US artist Peter Halley has made a name for himself worldwide. With his shapes, which he calls “Prison” and “Cells”, the New Yorker addresses the “geometrization of social space”. For his sensational canvases, the artist, who also lectures at the renowned Yale University, uses acrylic paints or fluorescent industrial paints – to distance his paintings from any form of naturalness. “I wanted my pictures to look like shopping malls", the artist told the press agency dpa. From this Friday, his latest works will be on display at Galerie Thomas Modern in Munich.
NEW YORK OBSERVER
August 29, 2011
Mr. Halley, 57, who recently stepped down as director of Graduate Studies in Painting at Yale, has an enviably stable midlife career. A Halley installation is included in this year's Venice Biennale, and he has his first show at Galerie Thomas Modern in Munich this September: eleven canvases and one huge digital wall installation - a multipaneled grid of exploding cells.
June 24, 2011
Business was also buzzing at Munich's Galerie Thomas, which sold Robert Dealunay's Orphist "Reflied-disques" from 1936, in gouache and sand over pencil and cardboard, to a Swiss collector. and Anselm Kiefer's "Sonnenreste (Remains of the Sun)" from 1998, a work of mixed media and photography on paper that was attached to plywood, to another Swiss collector.
"It's a very strong opening day," said the gallery's Silke Thomas.
Raimund and Silke Thomas have acquired a master of 1980s US Neo-Geo Pop Art for the Gallery Modern. Peter Halley, whose fluorescent canvases appear to transcend the rooms, despite their geometrical severity.
March 7, 2011
Enthusiasm for colour. Sam Francis makes them glow in his pictures at Galerie Thomas Modern. Seen through the eyes of the fool, what is naturally disclosed here is something like the epicentre of the great days showered with confetti. But don’t worry, these pictures have even withstood Ash Wednesday. “Colour is light on fire”, is the name of Sam Francis’s exhibition. Born in 1923, he studied botany, medicine and psychology in California, before coming into contact with Action Painting and Abstract Expressionism.
ART MAGAZIN ONLINE
January 26, 2011
Threshold sculptures and works on paper by the German-French artist Hans Arp are now presented at Galerie Thomas, Munich. Both the collages of silhouettes and the three-dimensional threshold sculptures are on show as independent groups of works, however clear parallels can be seen. Both create something familiar from abstract geometry: human bodies and organic forms.
The brilliant diptych ROW ROW was executed with energetic strokes in seeminlgy endless combinations of bright hues, in which an intense blue dominates. The work, which Mitchell completed in 1982, was the only painting not from the '50s here, but it shows that the artist never lost her power to impress.
March 13, 2010
Tefaf of Maastricht is the art fair of superlatives – and a temporary museum The Classical Modernists have a strong presence at Galerie Thomas (Munich) with Edvard Munch’s “Seated Young Woman” of 1916.
March 12, 2010
Joan Mitchell is at the vanguard of Abstract Expressionism. But in Germany, this American artist is still an insider tip. In high, well-lit rooms, Galerie Thomas of Munich is dedicating an overview of the “Roaring Fifties” to the artist – impressively and informatively presented. These are excellent examples of Mitchell’s soberly composed “allover paintings” – painted with a brush guided by strong emotions – from the period when she first matured as an artist.
FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG
February 9, 2010
In Europe, George Segal didn’t have a solo show dedicated to him for over twenty years. Galerie Thomas of Munich has now put an end to this situation and has filled its new spacious rooms in the Pinakothek district with paintings and sculptures by the famous artist. Dancing, walking, seated – a white crowd of life-size shapes populate the gallery as though they had always been at home here. Body parts cast in plaster of Paris indicate that there is something in the interior that has to be supported and protected.
FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG
November 21, 2009
The fact that a market leader like Munich’s Galerie Thomas, with a presence in fairs around the world, has a strong stand here, goes to show that confidence is returning to the region; noteworthy examples from its programme are George Segal’s “Girl Standing in Nature” of 1976 (…) and also a homage to the location, a magnificent “Farbraumkörper“ (“colour-space body”) in earthy tones by Gotthard Graubner from 1974.
October 8, 2009
Tomorrow, Raimund Thomas is opening a second gallery. Thomas Modern offers the ambience of a museum. If any proof was needed of the attractiveness and charisma of Munich’s art district, it was conclusively provided with the opening of “Thomas Modern”. And although the first exhibition, as a visiting card, has of course been thought out with great care and effectiveness – if the gallery continues in this vein then there will be another exhibition venue for contemporary art alongside the Pinakothek der Moderne and the Brandhorst Museum – enriching Munich with a small but exquisite cultural attraction.
September 10, 2009
With the sculptor Alexander Archipenko, born in 1887 in Kiev and died in 1964 in New York, Galerie Thomas is plunging deep into the origins of Modernism. From the artist’s estate in America, Thomas has put together a high-quality sales exhibition, which comes close to a new discovery and highlights the surprising artistic qualities of this artist, who is orientated to classical examples.
Munich will be enriched with a gallery for modern and contemporary art - one that we can eagerly await. On the 45th anniversary of their Gallery for German Expressionism and Classical Modernism at Maximilianstrasse 25, Silke Thomas and Raimund Thomas opened a branch in Munich’s museum district on October 10, Galerie Thomas Modern. Well situated opposite the Pinakothek der Moderne and the Brandhorst Collection, the gallery, in its spacious rooms, presents works by Pop Artists and Abstract American Artists from the 1950s to 1980s, and the Minimalists. The opening exhibition explores more recent artists - Joseph Beuys, Anselm Kiefer and Cy Twombly.
April 15, 2009
This artist (Chaim Soutine), who is hardly represented in German museums, now has an exhibition dedicated to him by Galerie Thomas, Munich, with the aid of numerous loans, which are not for sale: a notable undertaking. Special praise is due to the gallery: understanding is made easier by something that is lacking in Munich museums but has been practiced by the Vienna Kunsthistorisches Museum for some time – every picture is accompanied by an explanation at its side.
WELT AM SONNTAG
March 29, 2009
The auction houses, too, are full of praise for the Soutine exhibition: “What I like about it is that a German art dealer has managed to put together a one-man show with a French master of Classical Modernism,” enthuses Andreas Rumbler, managing director of Christie’s Deutschland. “Like an Alfred Flechtheim or a Herwarth Walden 100 years ago – it’s magnificent.”
March 29, 2009
In Germany, on the other hand, there are just three Soutine paintings in three museums. Now, Galerie Thomas wants to increase the painter’s profile here in Germany, too. At its Munich premises, it is showing 18 landscapes, still-lifes and portraits of museum quality. Such museum-quality exhibitions can be used to demonstrate one’s own quality standards at times when sales are slow.
INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE
March 14-15, 2009
Raimund Thomas was something of a pioneer when he founded a gallery showing avant-garde and contemporary art in Munich more than 40 years ago. With time, he came to concentrate on German Expressionism and built Galerie Thomas into a leading specialist in the field.