At a time when blank spots have by and large disappeared from maps, “wilderness” has returned in art. The Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt has dedicated an extensive theme-based exhibition to this recurring fascination.


Franz Gertsch - Seasons

Works from 1983 to 2011
Although centred on Franz Gertsch’s most recent “Four Seasons cycle which was completed only in 2011, this catalogue also looks back on his paintings, prints and drawings of the past thirty years. Gertsch ranks among Switzerland’s most important contemporary artists. His hyperrealistic paintings that invariably turn on the theme of reality as also the woodcuts that are remarkable in terms of both format and technique are both visually and conceptually challenging. Taking photographs as his starting point, his works follow their own immanent logic in which the purity of the material is part of the programme.

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"Franz Gertsch - Seasons"

May 2011

ISBN 978-3-86678-520-5

25,00 x 30,00 cm

92 Pages

27 colored illustrations

Hardcover with clothbound, bound, with dust-jacket, without slipcase

Languages: English

Tobia Bezzola and Sandra Haldi, Kunsthaus Zürich
preface by
Christoph Becker
Jean-Christophe Ammann, Tobia Bezzola, Guido de Werd und Harald Kunde
Schott & Schibig, Bern
The illustrated book was published on the occasion of the exhibition "Franz Gertsch - Seasons. Works from 1983 to 2011", 10 June to 18 September 2011, Kunsthaus Zürich.

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