Museum Franz Gertsch, Burgdorf, Switzerland
Stephan Melzl’s fine, rather small-format oil paintings already fascinate the viewer from a distance, drawing him closer. The representational depiction of an entirely separate world unfolds there on wood in the vortex of a bewitching application of paint. Figures, solitary or multiple, and objects in landscapes or diverse spaces seem familiar and yet strange to us. Compact as regards painting, composition and content, Melzl produces
perplexing illusionary paintings that draw on the treasury of art history, popular culture and modern everyday live and often feature a “picture within the picture” effect.
In his exhibition in the museum’s Print Room, the artist presents works from the last years. The show is the Swiss artist’s first solo museum show in his native country.
Stephan Melzl was born in 1959 in Basel (CH) and studied at the Städelschule, Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Frankfurt am Main (D). The artist now lives in Frankfurt am Main and Basel. He has regularly participated in group exhibitions since 1986 and has also shown his works in solo exhibitions since 1990, for example in 2002 at the Kunstverein Freiburg and in 2014 in the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich.
The exhibition was curated by Anna Wesle in collaboration with the artist.
The exhibition catalogue will be published by modo Verlag, Freiburg i. Br.