Köln, Philipp von Rosen Galerie
Walter Dahn – Moving Forward in Reverse. Painting on Paper 1972-2015
Opening: January 15, 2016 at 7 pm
Exhibition: January 16 – February 20, 2016
We are proud to inaugurate – after shows in 2010 and 2012 – on January 15, 2016 with Moving Forward in Reverse. Painting on Paper 1972-2015 our third exhibition with works by Walter Dahn (*1954, lives and works in Cologne). While earlier we had mainly been showing photographs, we now exhibit paintings on paper, that is : watercolors on recycled paper, on stationery, on reverse sides of found papers: flyers, wrappings, envelopes and other used material. For Walter Dahn it is of importance not to use prefabricated drawing or painting-paper. Not because he wants to fight – out of an ideological stance – the possible bourgeois meaning of such material, but rather because technically the found papers allow him to paint better (colors are not sucked in, for instance).
Content-wise the small works deal with the human being, his housing, the landscapes in which he lives, the objects that he deals with. No clear statements can be expected but rather painted poems, atmospheres, vibes, that can be understood and experienced, but must not necessarily be analized.Comparable works on paper have been collected by the following institutions: Print Department of the Kunstmuseum Basel, Museum for Modern Art, Frankfurt am Main, Museum Weserburg Bremen, Museum Ludwig Cologne, Collection Ringier Switzerland, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.In the course of the exhibition a monograph documenting the exhibited works will be published (by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne) and presented in the gallery. The book is accomplished by poems Walter Dahn found in the estate of his late mother Helene Dahn.