Giò Marconi presents “Le coppie si passano la palla” – Günther Förg’s second solo exhibition at the gallery. A well-known figure in the 1980s, Förg is a key member of an influential generation of German artists including Martin Kippenberger, Albert Oehlen, and Georg Herold. Förg’s multidisciplinary practice
emphasizes a dialogue between the different media of painting, photography, architecture and sculpture. Always interested in a critical investigation of modernism and its legacy, Förg challenged artistic conventions, equally considering the frame, the pictorial field and the physical space beyond it.
The concept behind the exhibition Le coppie si passano la palla is the juxtaposition of large acrylic paintings with their identical small counterparts on wood. On display in the gallery are several of these large- and small-scale works stemming partly from Günther Förg’s iconic window paintings series and his colourful grid and dot paintings series. Numerous small paintings on wood are exhibited on their own and without the vicinity of their bigger double. Their content ranges from purely abstract brushstrokes to semi-abstract works that hint at landscapes or far away mountains to very straightforward and rare figurative paintings of a hand or a verdant tree.
Between 2003 and 2007 Günther Förg had produced several hundred small paintings on wood. All these small paintings were not only autonomous little works, they were much rather reproductions of larger-scale canvases that already existed and that the artist had painted in the past.
It is always taken for granted that artists work their way from the small sketch – be it a watercolour or a drawing – towards the large painting. Förg, however, did the exact opposite. The large works existed first. The small formats were afterthoughts and consequences of the big statements: what had just been completed by him on a large scale was shortly after reproduced in a smaller format.
By reproducing over 400 of his works from different kinds of periods Günther Förg was making paintings about paintings and was thus preparing his own retrospective on a mini scale.