The series of new works presented by Thomas Huber in the exhibition “Lago Maggiore” springs from a homecoming: the artist’s return to the landscapes of Switzerland.
For some years now, the artist, who lives in Berlin, has spent long periods of the year in a small village on the Italian-Swiss border. And since then, like a sort of visual diary, he has been painting and drawing the view from his studio window every day, at different times of day. His view of the lake inspired the works in the show: potentially endless variations on the same landscape in which mountains, water, sky and light are traversed by the natural rhythm of the seasons and the progression of the day.
While retaining the vivid colours and well-defined shapes typical of his work, these large oils on canvas have something boundless about them. They herald a departure from his previous practice - beguiling architectural structures rich in mise-en-abyme - and seem to extend beyond the canvas, creating an immersive experience. The pieces in the show celebrate the beauty and simplicity of the landscape, and are an invitation to observe and contemplate, uplifting the spirit.
The layout of the exhibition, developed in close collaboration with the artist, also includes a body of watercolours featuring perspective representations of spaces and places, and mysterious plays of light and shadow. This series is presented in a "room within the room", a more intimate space in the large hall that plays host to the exhibition.
The exhibition offers a new angle on Thomas Huber’s work, in a seamless continuum which adds another interesting element to his complex, long-established practice.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue in Italian, German and French.
Thomas Huber (Zurich, 1955, lives and works in Berlin) studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Basel, continuing at the Royal College of Art in London and the Staatliche Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf. He lectured at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Braunschweig (1992-1999) and in 1992 he became temporary director of the Centraal Museum in Utrecht. He has received numerous awards, including the “Kunstpreis Stadtsparkasse Düsseldorf”, the “Preis für Junge Schweizer Kunst der Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft” in 1993 and the Meret Oppenheim Preis in 2013. In 2023 Thomas Huber’s project Dusk / Dawn was selected for the Art Unlimited section of Art Basel.
Thomas Huber, 1.1.22, 2022, Oil on canvas. Photo Marlene Burz © Thomas Huber & Skopia / P.-H. Jaccaud