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Almine Rech

Trunk Road and Branch Roads

Aug 26 — Oct 25, 2023 | Long Museum (West Bund), Shanghai, China

Opening on 26 August, Long Museum (West Bund) presents the first major solo museum exhibition of Günther Förg (1952 – 2013) in Asia. Using the language of abstraction in his painting practice, Förg appropriated tropes from modern art and architecture in his unceasing transformations of color, form and composition, both imitating and reacting against gestures or principles of picture-making, which he pushed to its limit and employed anew.

Titled ‘Trunk Road and Branch Roads’, this ambitious presentation brings together 76 paintings made throughout the artist’s career, focusing entirely on Förg’s painting practice and combining hallmark series, such as his Spot paintings, Grid paintings and Gray paintings. Additionally, rarely shown works will be on view, including a group of paintings using air varnish from 1993, surveying the breadth of Förg’s expression. Moving confidently between times and epochs, between laconic minimalism and expressive abundance, Günther Förg paved his own unique path into art history.

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