Pascal Danz




«Seydisfjördur 2», 2015
Oel auf Leinwand, 80 x 70 cm
«ohne Titel», 2015, Oel auf Leinwand, 70 x 80 cm
«ohne Titel», 2015, Oel auf Leinwand, 70 x 80 cm
«Nightscene 5», 2015, Oel auf Leinwand, 140 x 200 cm
«ohne Titel», 2015, Oel auf Leinwand, 70 x 80 cm
«ohne Titel», 2015, Oel auf Leinwand, 70 x 80 cm
«ohne Titel», 2015, Oel auf Leinwand, 70 x 80 cm
«ohne Titel», 2015, Oel auf Leinwand, 70 x 80 cm
«Rembrandt (R2_1)», 2015, Oel auf Leinwand, 40 x 30 cm
«Rembrandt (R2_2)», 2015, Oel auf Leinwand, 40 x 30 cm
«Rembrandt (R2_3)», 2015, Oel auf Leinwand, 40 x 30 cm
«Rembrandt (R2_4)», 2015, Oel auf Leinwand, 40 x 30 cm
«out of focus/colorfield 3», 2011, Oel auf Leinwand, 30 x 40 cm
«nuklear tourist 2», 2010, Oel auf Leinwand, 70 x 80 cm
«english landscape 1», 2009, Oel auf Leinwand, 30 x 40 cm
«english landscape 2», 2009, Oel auf Leinwand, 30 x 40 cm
«blind spot 3», 2009, Oel auf Leinwand, 30 x 40 cm
«delivery TSAR 1», 2009, Oel auf Leinwand, 30 x 40 cm
«delivery TSAR 2», 2009, Oel auf Leinwand, 30 x 40 cm
«witenesses 1», 2009, Oel auf Leinwand, 30 x 40 cm
«landscape», 2007, Oel auf Leinwand, 80 x 70 cm
«landscape», 2007, Oel auf Leinwand, 80 x 70 cm
«Firework», 2005
Oel auf Leinwand, 120 x 160 cm
«Interior Tugendhat House 2», 2004
Oel auf Leinwand, 80 x 100 cm
«Farmhouse/Watzek House», 2002
Oel auf Leinwand, 80 x 100 cm

Pascal Danz was not just an artist of the gallery but also a friend. A friend with whom one could be passionate about art and fight about it, who was well informed and who had his own opinion. When the date for his next exhibition was set, the preparations had always the same pattern: approximately half a year before the opening I went to his studio - and Pascal had there already an „idea“, which was sampled on a model of the gallery and a good part of the work for the implementation of the idea was finished. By coffee and water we discussed possible titles for the works and the exhibition, and then we went to dinner. Most of the time in one of his favorites fish restaurants next to the lake. One month before the exhibition I got appointed to the studio to examine the production and to compare with the model - a few final works were still in progress but the most were ready for the exhibition and varnished. In the last two years the varnish was for Pascal a kind of obsession, the mixtures were hold as a secret and he sampled always new formulations. He was one of the last artistes, where the term „vernissage“ (franz. Vernis for varnish) was appropriated.
In the spring-time 2015 we had the last solo exhibition in our rooms, „brain tattoos“, a wonderful confrontation between remembrances of his childhood in South Africa and opulent, large-size flower canvases. And then arrived the date of his beloved travel to Iceland. In the late summer I was once again in the studio at the lake of Zurich, about two weeks before he wanted to leave. This time we had no fish but a hearty beef salad with chips served in a little beer garden in town. He was looking forward to the new impressions and the travel by car on the volcano island. The latest paintings were already packed, among others for the planed group exhibition „About Painting“, who should take place in January 2016 at our place at the Waisenhausplatz and at the gallery Kornfeld. On the floor there were piled small boxes filled with canvas and papers, in Iceland the sight should been new captured, after an intense study with the genre of still life. And then at once Pascal had a tragic accident on his beloved Iceland; he was suddenly not here any more and left a giant gap.
In the suite I was assigned to inventory the estate of the artist for the inheritance, a very emotional business, as many artworks were companions on our common way. And there it was, that compartment in his studio, above where he had adhered a note: „Bischoff“. Pascal already finished peaces for the next exhibition in Bern. He told me in the late summer that he did not want to take the entirely work urge with him to Iceland and therefore he already had worked on oeuvres, but he did not want to show me the peaces jet. And those pictures that I have never seen before were in that compartment. A few new still lives in grisaille painting and next to them a big night picture. On that moment forward I knew: In Pascal’s honor this should be his planed exhibition, the implementation of the main features of his idea.
„Before the journey“ is a dialog between most of his final works with peaces of almost 10 years of painting. As supplement to the monographic retrospective at the Museum Franz Gertsch in Burgdorf (until 5.3.2017) our exhibition closes quasi the circle. Pascal, I miss you.

Bernhard Bischoff, November 2016


Archiv Bern/PROGR:
Christian Indermühle 2020
Peter Wüthrich - Literary Ghost 2020
Dominik Stauch - Painkillers 2019
Xerxes Ach - Secret Colors 2019
Peter Soriano Snowmelt 2019
Elsbeth Böniger - Prozesse 2004-2019
Filip Haag - Malerei und Zeichnung 2019
Pascal Danz - Works on Paper 2019
Bodo Korsig - Escape from Memory 2019
Kotscha Reist - Comptoire de Mystic 2019
Martin Kasper
Reto Camenisch 2018
Christian Denzler 2018
Martin Kasper - Im Wechsel 2018
Martin Kasper
Matchpoint 2018
Andrea Heller / Dominik Stauch 2018
Porter à l'envers 2018
Alfred Hofkunst 2018
Silvia Gertsch - Captured 2018
Winter Story 2017
Böniger / Indermühle 2017
Sereina Steinemann 2017
Xerxes Ach - inside outside 2017
Christian Indermühle - Glarea 2017
Peter Wüthrich 2017
Samuel Blaser - Skip the Pit Stop 2017
Filip Haag - Ins Auge 2017
Kotscha Reist - Painting As Usual 2017
Pascal Danz - Vor der Reise 2016
Laurent Schmid 2016
Freyschmidt/Merkisch/à Wengen 2016
Aquaréelles 2016
Com&Com - New works 2016
Reto Leibundgut - Clementine 2016
Erich Weiss feat. Otto Tschumi 2016
Dominik Stauch 2015
Christian Denzler - Neue Arbeiten 2015
Bodo Korsig - No regrets 2015
Filip Haag - Abrakadie & mehr 2015
Kotscha Reist 2015
Samuel Blaser 2015
Pascal Danz 2015
Elsbeth Böniger - Structures 2015
Catching Moments 2014
Now and Here 2014
(Hi)stories 2014
Summerproject 14
Com&Com - Sky 2014
Katia Bourdarel 2014
Otto Tschumi - Variationen 2014
Lorenz Spring - Spring im Winter 2014
En-lighted 2013
Reto Leibundgut 2013
Patterns 2013
Filip Haag - Oder nach Absprache 2013
Mit dem Körper sehen 2013
Samuel Blaser - Diptycha 2013
Originally Bern 2013
Zwischenspiel: PROGR In-House 2013
Kotscha Reist - Old Ideas 2013
Pascal Danz 2013
Dominik Stauch - Rhinestones 2012
Tiefen Wirkungen 2012
Summerproject 2012
On paper 2012
Com&Com - Clouds 2012
Arno Nollen 2012
Locking glass 2012
Raffaela Chiara - Transformer Kit 2012
X Years 2011
Dominik Stauch - Breathless 2011
Marius Lüscher 2011
Reto Leibundgut - Flora 2011
Kotscha Reist - Painting Life 2011
Microcosmes 2011
Elsbeth Böniger 2011
Laurent Schmid - Rope Tricks 2010
Reto Camenisch 2010
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