Pia Fries at Museum Kurhaus Kleve

October 5, 2017

Pia Fries, Museum Kurhaus Kleve

Pia Fries, corpus transludi D7, 2017, acrylic paint, colored pencil and screen print on stone paper on wood

Pia Fries, Museum Kurhaus Kleve

Pia Fries, corpus transludi A7, 2017, acrylic paint, colored pencil and screen print on stone paper on wood

Museum Kurhaus Kleve will present Hendrick Goltzius and Pia Fries: Proteus and Polymorphia opening on October 8, 2017. The exhibition presents the work of late 16th and early 17th century Dutch-born German copper engraver, draftsman and painter, Hendrick Goltzius alongside the work of contemporary painter, Pia Fries. The exhibition marks the 400th anniversary of Goltzius’ death as well as the 20th anniversary of the opening of the museum, for which Fries was the inaugural exhibition in 1997.

 

Known for her incorporation of art history into her paintings, Fries has been intensively engaged with the work of Hendrick Goltzius since 2010, incorporating fragments of his engravings into her paintings by silkscreening them onto the canvas. Her most recent body of work focuses on Goltzius’ Celestial Storm (1588), a series of four copper engravings depicting the tragic mythological figures of Tantalus, Icarus, Phaethon and Ixion falling to earth, igniting the emotions of loss, pain and death, but also freedom, lightness and independence. Fries finds inspiration in the hatching of the engravings, the rhythm of the images, and the expression of strong emotions, developing her response in vibrant colors and expressive lines and creating a meaningful synthesis with Goltzius’ work.

 

"For me this is the creative process that 'polymorphia' means: I take it as a symbol, look at it from today's point of view, and leave it 'new'," says Pia Fries.

 

Hendrick Goltzius and Pia Fries: Proteus and Polymorphia will be accompanied by a richly illustrated catalog including essays by art historians and curators. The exhibition will be on view through February 11, 2018.