Online exhibition

Julius Bissier

Julius Bissier - Signs of Silence

The star of Julius Bissier, born in Freiburg i. Br. in 1893, first rose for a wider audience in 1958, when Werner Schmalenbach arranged a solo exhibition for him at the Kestnergesellschaft Hannover. Almost at the same time, his participation in the XXIX and XXX Biennials in Venice brought him a great deal of success. Biennale in Venice as well as at the documenta II in Kassel brought him international fame. Until then he was known only to a smaller circle, but the friend of Willi Baumeister, who won him over to abstract art, and closest confidant of Oskar Schlemmer, was able to develop and mature his own highly sensitive, musical style, which later secured him a singular position in art history. Inspired, moreover, by his encounters with the important collector of East Asian art Ernst Grosse - author of a standard Sinological work - the psychiatrist and art historian Hans Prinzhorn and the sculptor Constantin Brâncuși, he found a symbolic pictorial language: If in his early work he still cultivated a neo-objective style, which was also helpful to him during his Inner Emigration in the Third Reich, he already began in the early 1930s with ink works that were reminiscent of Zen Buddhist painting as well as of the ciphered imagery of the cultural historian Johann Jakob Bachofen. Although Bissier, who lived in seclusion in Ascona with his wife from 1961, always reveals a philosophical background in his mature work, his reduced world of signs has an immediate effect. However deep one could dive into Bissier's art, and would the gaze even just stick to the enchanting surface - both makes his art timelessly valid.

Schloss Dätzingen / D-71120 Grafenau
T + 49 (0) 70 33 / 4 13 94
F + 49 (0) 70 33 / 4 49 23
Opening hours
Wednesday – Friday 11 – 18.30
Saturday 11 – 16
or by appointment
Kleiner Schlossplatz 11 / D-70173 Stuttgart
T + 49 (0) 711 / 120 41 51
F + 49 (0) 711 / 120 42 80
Opening hours
Tuesday – Friday 11 – 19
Saturday 11 – 17
or by appointment

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