Fondation Hartung-Bergman


Hartung display, Summer 2013

The last period of Hans Hartung is highly paradoxal: the painter is severely burdened by his disability and, as his body is weakening, his thirst for creation becomes unquenchable. The size of the canvases is increasing in an explosion of colors. 

In 2009-2010 (from the 16/10/09 to the 10/01/10), the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris hosted DEADLINE, an exhibition that gathered twelve artists who questioned the theme of artistic creativity when faced with imminent death. Among these twelve artists, Hans Hartung was represented by a selection of seven late artworks dated from 1989, the year he passed away.

The current exhibition in Hartung’s studio shows the same selection as the Parisian exhibition. The display was reproduced at the occasion of the seminar “The Age of Art” held at the Foundation the 4th and 5th of July and organized by the art historian Thomas Schlesser. As a matter of fact, the key concerns of this seminar were closely related to the theme of the DEADLINE exhibition.

Here the cross-cutting missions of the foundation clearly appear: both an exhibition place and a research laboratory, these two aspects are closely related and echo to create new critical points of view.