Matisse | Scully
KEWENIG is especially pleased to announce the forthcoming exhibition of works by Sean Scully (b. 1945, Dublin) and a painting by Henri Matisse (1869-1954), which will open on 7 September. It is the second exhibition of the Irish-American artist in our Berlin gallery. Scully is recognised worldwide as one of the most important abstract painters of our time and has devoted most of his work to vertical and horizontal colour blocks, stripes and their relationships. He continues this motif spatially in his monumental sculptures, which will receive their first extensive presentation, running almost simultaneously (29.09.2018 - 06.01.2019), at Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield, the most significant sculptural institution in Europe. His extensive œuvre however transcends this formal vocabulary and deals, among other things, with the interrogation of interpersonal relationships, whereby the individual works develop a romantic and melancholy aura. Historic works by Scully from the 1980s up until recent paintings and works on paper will be presented in this exhibition with the painting 'Interieur in Etretat', by Henri Matisse from 1920, which has been generously loaned by the Berggruen Museum, from a private collection. This affords the exhibition the opportunity to highlight the influence of the French painter on Sean Scully's work.