Katia Bourdarel
Reto Leibundgut

‹PORTER À L'ENVERS›

6.4. – 19.5.2018

Opening Thursday 5.4.2018, 18-20h

Katia Bourdarel, «Le secret #3», 2018, Öl auf Leinwand, 50 x 30 cm
Katia Bourdarel, «Le secret #1», 2018, Öl auf Leinwand, 30 x 30 cm
Katia Bourdarel, «Le secret #2», 2018, Öl auf Leinwand, 50 x 30 cm
Katia Bourdarel, «Les possédées #8», 2017, Öl auf Leinwand, 30 x 30 cm
Katia Bourdarel, «Les possédées #4», 2017, Öl auf Leinwand, 100 x 70 cm
Katia Bourdarel, «Les possédées #6», 2017, Öl auf Leinwand, 60 x 40 cm
Katia Bourdarel, «Les possédées #7», 2017, Öl auf Leinwand, 60 x 40 cm
Katia Bourdarel, «Les possédées #2», 2016, Öl auf Leinwand, 100 x 70 cm
Katia Bourdarel, «Les gants #1», 2018, Öl auf Leinwand, 92 x 60 cm
Katia Bourdarel, «De ta nuque à tes reines, 2015, Oel auf Leinwand, 33 x 46 cm
Katia Bourdarel, «Idole», 2018, Öl auf Leinwand, 92 x 60 cm
Katia Bourdarel, «Détail», 2018, Öl auf Leinwand, 50 x 30 cm
Katia Bourdarel, «La belle endormie», 2018, Öl auf Leinwand, 30 x 50 cm
Katia Bourdarel, «Aurore», 2016, Öl auf Leinwand, 92 x 60 cm
Katia Bourdarel, «Drapé», 2015, Öl auf Leinwand, 91 x 54 cm
Katia Bourdarel, «Narcisse #1», 2018, Öl auf Leinwand, 30 x 30 cm
Katia Bourdarel, «Porter a l´envers», 2018, Aquarell und Tusche, 39 x 28 cm
Katia Bourdarel, «Persona», 2018, Öl auf Leinwand, 92 x 60 cm
Katia Bourdarel, «Meliane», 2016, Öl auf Leinwand, 117 x 88 cm
Katia Bourdarel, «L'Orchidée», 2018, Öl auf Leinwand, 30 x 30 cm
Reto Leibundgut, «Regenbogen III», 2018, Stoff, Holz, Glas, 68 x 50 cm
Reto Leibundgut, «Teich», 2018, Papier auf Karton, 197,5 x 105,5 cm
Reto Leibundgut, «Dreieck», 2018, Papier auf Karton, 26,5 x 26,5 cm, Auflage 10
Reto Leibundgut, «Medaillon», 2018, Stoff, Holz, Glas, 81 x 92 cm
Reto Leibundgut, «Düne», Dyptichon, 2018, Papier auf Karton, 201 x 175 cm
Reto Leibundgut, «Regenbogen II», 2018, Stoff, Holz, Glas, 76 x 58 cm
Reto Leibundgut, «Black Sun», 2018, Stoff auf Spanplatte, Glas, 121 x 140 cm
Reto Leibundgut, «Regenbogen I», 2018, Stoff, Holz, Glas, 76 x 58 cm
Reto Leibundgut, «See», 2017, Papier auf Karton, 209,5 x 112 cm
Reto Leibundgut, «Taube», 2018, Stoff, Holz, Glas, 123 x 172 cm

Katia Bourdarel and Reto Leibundgut combine the material for the joint exhibition <PORTER À L'ENVERS>; Both have dealt with their latest work with textiles, but they differ in the implementation. In her latest paintings, Katia Bourdarel paints the fabrics so virtuously that it itches in the fingers and you want to touch the folds of the fabrics and their suppleness. At Reto Leibundgut, who usually recycles old, used waste material in his work, it is obvious that he creates pictures directly from old fabrics. In addition, the two artists combine the theme of nudity in their work. 

Katia Bourdarel (born in Marseille in 1970, lives and works in Paris) obscures the models in her paintings, at least the face is not visible. The bodies are partly naked. It is not clear whether the figures adorn themselfs with beautiful colorful fabrics or whether they hide behind it. The faceless people seem to escape and float in the white space of the canvas. In addition to admiring the beautiful bodies and fabrics, Katia Bourdarel always gets a disturbing feeling. Who are these faceless characters, what do they want?

The works deal with the loss and recovery of identity, the artist plays with the presence and absence of the characters. In the new works of Katia Bourdarel a number of representational and enigmatic paintings have been created. In them stories evolve silently in a heavy and poetic atmosphere.

Reto Leibundgut (born 1966 in Büren zum Hof, Bern, lives and works in Basel) has created various textile images in which he refers to symbols derived from the religious environment and from pacifist or ecological movements. For example "Black Sun" a beautiful bright black fabric sun. As sublime as the picture seems at first glance, there is still some conventionality between the minutely ironed folds of the fabric. In another textile work, the motif of the dove appears in a sky of tiger and cheetah skin.

On large paper blackboards black-and-white fragments of bodies are collaged which, through kaleidoscope-like montage, lead to illusionistic images reminiscent of wallpaper patterns. With photographs from the collection of nudist culture of the 70s, the artist opens up a new and playful look at the female nude. Reto Leibundgut knows how to question our own view on cultural influences through its ambivalent imagery and the skilful and bizarre use of craftsmanship, while at the same time opening up new and conciliatory imagery.



Archiv Bern/PROGR:
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
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
ABOUT PAINTING - PART II 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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