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Art exhibition of the artist Gisa Rosa on 26.03.1999 in Düsseldorf, Kolpingshaus


1999-03-26 Kunstausstellung der Kunstlerin Gisa Rosa
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Laudation by the artist Peter Valentiner, laureate of the 7th Biennale in Paris


Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends of art,

" Pittura e causa mentale" Mind"

"Painting is a matter of the mind"

Leonardo da Vinci is said to have said.


This means: before a work is created, one must think about its birth. We treat terms like creativity very lightly and think that this gift is a self-evident quality of an artist that he can set in motion on command.


In reality, the creation of a work is a painstaking process. But this law does not only apply to the creation of art objects, but to everything that man wants to create. The prerequisites are motivation, vision, will, intuition, courage, imagination, willingness to take risks, a clear head and self-confidence.


Tonight, dear friends of art, we are invited to a special exhibition based on a clear concept:


On display are four squares. The square belongs to the three basic shapes, namely:

  • Circle

  • Triangle

  • Square

These form the basis of the formal language. Of the three basic shapes, the square is the most beautiful because it is well-balanced: its four equal sides symbolise equality and unity. From all four positions it allows a clear composition.


Four is also the number of paintings exhibited here. This means that we are invited to see four variations on a theme, which take place on four surfaces. With a fifth large painting, this concept and harmony would be disturbed.


Apparently, Gisa Rosa's works contrast with the order of the squares. The focus is on the joy of the colour composition. A wild galaxy of colour spots expresses the beauty of the colour effect. A galaxy that creates movement and counter-movement in its enigmatic expansion.

These motifs invite you to a celebratory dance. - One thinks one can hear the sound of the colour. It seems to me like flamenco music, a dance full of magical powers, strongly rooted in tradition. In the history of German painting, dance was also Ernst Ludwig Kirchner's favourite theme.


The paintings shown here are to be understood as a mixed technique - with Australian pigments, by the way - which is masterfully realised. Only when one masters the technique that leads to the creation of a painting does it reach the viewer.


What the artist creates with her exhibition Zwischenräume are spaces that lie beyond our ordinary living spaces. These are spaces that we need to give free rein to our own fantasies.


I would like to close with this message and wish you much enjoyment at this vernissage.


Thank you for your attention!


Peter Valentiner

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