Albert Oehlen

Der Ursprung II

Exhibition from April 18th, 2002 to May 18th, 2002.

It is the first time that he refers directly to a recurrent subject in history of painting:

The creation and origin.

He represents the different positions of the artist (self portrait). The artist Sleeping (on the left), the artist floating above the chair, at work, the artist in the tree who becomes the object to look at. The question of his creativity through these different self portraits. The tap water above the chair symbolizing the creation which makes feel the artist "crossed" by creaitivity.

This painting in general seems to recalls surrealists oeuvres by Dali but also "l'Atelier - L'Atelier du peintre, Allégorie réelle déterminant une phase de sept années de ma vie artistique" de Courbet (Musée d'Orsay), ambitious works which try to evoque everything.

Oehlen, played with this "surrealist style" with irony and playing around "the good and bad taste", close in that sense of his compatriots Sigmar Pole Polke and Martin Kinppenberger. He aslo talk about freedom and pleasure in its facture and composition.

Oehlen realize one smaller version, which I think, is less impressive.
It's very rare that Albert Oehlen realizes non-abstract paintings which is reinforce
This particular painting.