26. January 2012 – 20. April 2012 · 11:56 am

Karl-Heinz Adler: Bildräume/Raumbilder (Pictorial spaces/Spatial pictures)

Duration: 26th January to 20th April 2012; Venue: Werkstättengalerie (Werkstätten Gallery) within the main Deutsche Werkstätten building at Moritzburger Straße 68, Dresden-Hellerau; Opening times: weekdays 9am - 4pm (excluding public holidays).

Karl-Heinz Adler is one of the main exponents of abstract geometric art. The artist, who lives both in Dresden and in his home town of Remtengrün (Vogtland), celebrates his 85th birthday in 2012. To coincide with the occasion, a catalogue raisonné of his work is to be published in which Professor Niels-Christian Fritsche of the Faculty of Architecture at the Dresden University of Technology states: “Adler has been astonishingly successful both in overcoming the classic ruthless separation of drawing and painting technique, and in the different ways he has imparted a three-dimensional appearance to his so-called ‘Serielle Lineaturen’ (Serial Line Drawings) and his paintings on canvas.” Works by the artist are held at the Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden (State Art Collections Dresden) and at the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz (Chemnitz Art Collections). For a three-month period, Deutsche Werkstätten will be exhibiting around 15 of them, mainly from the past ten years. In these later works, colour and finely nuanced – almost picturesque – surfaces play an important role. With his meticulous painting technique, Adler achieves a luminosity that always shines through, even in his darkest works.

He uses clear basic forms, yet manages to breach the strict geometry by irregular arrangement of the elements. This lends his oeuvre an almost poetic character. Adler’s ongoing preoccupation with 3D space and with architecture generates a thematic affinity with Deutsche Werkstätten.