Ian Hamilton Finlay
The Graphic Work
The Scottish artist Ian Hamilton Finlay who died recently at the age of 80 years and with whom the Kewenig Galerie has worked together for many years created an extensive opus of graphic work. Kewenig now presents an impressive overview of the versatility of Finlay's work showing the artist's fascination with European Revolution history as well as his close bonds to nature and his profound knowledge of occidental culture. Only rarely his poetry is concrete in a sense that it merely stands for an aesthetic object, its references are far more complex. Finlay takes us to a labyrinth made of wordplays, quotations and neologisms which stimulate even the most well-read beholder to put his general education to the test. At first sight Finlay seems to refer to something already known but then he leads over to his own artistic cosmos which can only partly be made accessible due to its versatility.