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Announcing Das Meisterstück at The Giorgio Cini Foundation, Venice, Island of San Giorgio Maggiore

On the occasion of La Biennale di Venezia, 56th International Art Exhibition, the Giorgio Cini Foundation on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore will present the exhibition Das Meisterstück (The Masterpiece) of photographs by Matthias Schaller of paint palettes from over two hundred years of painting. The exhibition is organized in collaboration with the Giorgio Cini Foundation, and installed by Matthias Schaller in the Cenacolo designed by Andrea Palladio.

The exhibition Das Meisterstück will focus on a selection of twenty palettes, and highlight the evolution of major artistic movements ranging from Impressionism to Abstraction. Since 2007, Schaller has brought together palettes from major museums across Europe and the United States including Musée du Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, and Centre Pompidou (Paris), The Tate (London), Kunsthaus (Zurich), Akademie der Künste (Berlin), and Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), as well as private foundations, artists’ relatives, and collectors. 

Das Meisterstück series represents an extraordinary opportunity to see the artist and the essence of the creative genius in its most elemental state. 

Das Meisterstück Opening: May 7, 2015 from 6 - 9 PM

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Matthias Schaller: With a text by Germano Celant




Just released: 

Matthias Schaller is a retrospective of Schaller’s photography in book form, presenting all his major bodies of work from the last thirteen years such as the series Studio Gursky (2000), documenting Andreas Gursky’s Düsseldorf studio; Die Mühle(2001–02), showing the studio-home of Bernd and Hilla Becher; the private offices of the government of the catholic church (Roman Curia) in Purple Desk (2004-2008), paint palettes of the most renown painters of the last 200 years in Das Meisterstück(since 2007); Controfacciata (2008), color-drained images of the interiors of Venetian palaces. Further his works on astronaut suitsDisportraits (2008-2009), Venetian mirrors Leiermann (since 2010), radar images taken in the Gran Canal in Fledermaus (2012) and photographs from vinyl records of Punk music between 1976 and 1978 in Punk City (2012). Presenting thumbnail images of all these series and a bibliography, this book is the perfect entry-point to Schaller’s oeuvre and a comprehensive summary of it.

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