Exhibition

Leon Löwentraut: Believe in Progress

29 Jun 2024 – 22 Sep 2024

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Saturday
10:00 – 20:00
Monday
10:00 – 20:00
Tuesday
10:00 – 20:00
Wednesday
10:00 – 20:00
Thursday
10:00 – 20:00
Friday
10:00 – 20:00

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"Progress is not possible without change and if you can't change your mind, you can't change anything." (George Bernard Shaw, writer) LeonLöwentraut's actual theme: the past, the ephemeral and the urge to constantly reinvent oneself and thus leaving the old behind and - of course – the departure into new worlds. Leon Löwentraut in his speech at the opening: "I think change is good because you don't stand still." He continued: "I no longer have prodigy status any more, and I'm happy about that." The inner struggle that this entails, the permanent struggle with himself and his art, becomes clear, for example, in his painting "Floating Tears of an Artist" - with a fading background. Löwentraut: "I am showing the transience here by means of the technique. Transience also has a lot to do with experience, which is also transient." Other works show other stylistic elements: geometric shapes, straight lines and a flat application of paint set the stage for his figures painted with an expressive gesture - often inspired by people who are particularly close to his heart. His girlfriend Paula Partl can be seen in two of the works. Leon Löwentraut: "Her character and her aura inspire me." It's Picture Time The exhibition "Believe in Progress" comprises around 20 paintings, five of his famous charcoal drawings, two sculptures and the result of a spontaneous painting performance. Most of the unique pieces were created in his studio in Portugal. Each painting offers an insight into Löwentraut's creative process and emphasizes themes such as change and forward movement. The exhibition reflects his artistic progression and highlights his development in concept, style and technique. Leon Löwentraut: "I want my exhibitions to be an experience for my guests, to immerse them in another world." Leon Löwentraut - ultra contemporary Leon Löwentraut (born 1998) has quickly attracted attention with his striking and expressive style. His noticeably energetic works hover between figuration and abstraction. The young artist has made a name for himself in the international art world with impressive speed. Leon Löwentraut began painting at a young age and developed his own style early on. Inspired by artists such as Picasso, Basquiat and Keith Haring, he mixes influences from street art, expressionism and abstract art to create dynamic and provocative compositions. He is regarded as a pioneer of a young generation of artists and collectors who are giving the scene new impetus, literally refreshing it. The 26-year-old exceptional artist has around 900,000 followers on Instagram. The works of the artist, who lives and works near Düsseldorf and mainly in Portugal, have already been shown in international museums such as the Kunstforum Wien, the Palazzo Medici Riccardi in Florence, the historic Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana in Venice, the Bavarian National Museum in Munich, the Osthaus Museum in Hagen, the Pushkin Museum in St. Petersburg and in galleries in New York, Miami, London, Madrid, Ibiza, Copenhagen and Zurich, among others. His first gallery exhibition in Paris has just ended. His works have also been presented at important art fairs such as Art Karlsruhe, Art Miami, Art Salon Zurich and Art Toronto. The Ernst Barlach Society awarded Leon Löwentraut the Ernst Barlach Prize for Fine Arts in 2023. The prize honors artists for particularly innovative positions. In his laudatory speech, Dr. Jürgen Doppelstein, Museum Director and Chairman of the Ernst Barlach Society, said: "Leon Löwentraut shows modern man in all his isolation and fragmentation. And at the same time he makes this human being a great mystery. ... His figures often seem like masked lonely people. In this way, he touches a nerve of the present and inspires younger people in particular with his art." In 2022, teNeues Verlag published a large-format Leon Löwentraut monograph, which the publisher presented at the 2022 Frankfurt Book Fair in the presence of the artist. Kaiserslautern University of Applied Sciences awarded the Düsseldorf painter a teaching assignment in the Virtual Design course for the winter semester 2021/2022. Topic "Future Exhibition Design". The aim was to develop intelligent staging formats for the art sector in order to make analog art more tangible with digital possibilities. The jointly developed project "Volar" was awarded gold by the Art Directors Club (ADC). Background: The ADC competition honors the most creative works in German-speaking countries every year. The business magazine Forbes selected him as one of the "30 under 30" (the 30 most important personalities under the age of 30) in 2021. According to Forbes, this makes the Düsseldorf native one of the young Germans who achieved outstanding things in 2020 and are working to change society for the better. Since 2020, one of Leon Löwentraut's paintings has adorned the lobby of the state parliament in Düsseldorf. He had his first exhibition in 2013 at the "Die Schmiede" gallery in Aying near Munich - when he was just 15 years old. Further information about Leon Löwentraut: https://www.leonloewentraut.de/

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