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Visiting ‘A bigger picture’ by David Hockney

Exhibition in the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, Germany

Beauty without Irony’s project manager Jean-Yves Dushime went on a press trip to discover the latest exhibition of David Hockney -and he liked what he saw!

Contrary to the current trend of conceptual and cryptic art, Britain’s most famous living artist shows us through his new energetic exhibition, the landscapes of his beloved Yorkshire. These paintings, often heroic in size (one being the largest painting ever painted en plein air), have been painted in the last eight years by the king of British pop art. Now 75, this prodigy is still creating and innovating. He surprises you by his curiosity of a teenager, his unquenchable thirst for painting and his sophisticated use of technology. He did not let himself be embalmed in the history of art, as the eulogist of the Californian pools and their turquoise water (A bigger splash). He has expanded his tools to include new technology such as the iPhone, the iPad and digital filmmaking.

This exhibition mixes oils paintings with iPad drawings with breathtaking movies with photo collage from his Joiners’s  series all displaying his varied interests such as Claude Lorrain Sermon on the mount, a team of jugglers and predominantly the various aspects of Yorkshire’s landscapes. You come out of this pictorial maelstrom somewhat dazed, your retina attacked by these rusty oranges against these cardinal purples and vast expands of cobalt green. I highly recommend a visit to the Ludwig Museum (Cologne) to see this exhibition and while you are there pop into the retrospective of Art Spiegelman and his legendary MAUS comics that is showing till the 6th of January. The Ludwig Museum also has the largest collection of Pop Art outside of America (Lichtenstein, Rosenquist, Warhol , Wesselmann, etc), a perfect place to learn or brush up on your knowledge and appreciation of Pop Art.

David Hockney: A bigger picture: runs from October 27, 2012 till February 3, 2013 at the ludwig Museum in Cologne.

Pictured is the work ‘Winter Timber’ (2009), oil on 15 canvases, by David Hockney. Photo: Jonathan Wilkinson.

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