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Engagements

Cultural commitment

The support of cultural projects is an important issue for bromer kunst. During the previous years, the gallery has edited various artist-monographs and organized several exhibitions. The 12th of November a documentary about the Swiss painter Rudolf Häsler (1927 – 1999) was released. bromer kunst is particularly committed to pursuing long-term projects, for instance, the elaboration of an extensive monograph about the first abstract Swiss painter, Rudolf Urech-Seon, which will be launched in spring 2017. 


Clara Porges

Investigations on Clara Porges, a Swiss painter who was about to fall into oblivion

Clara Porges’ artistic oeuvre has been shown from1912 until the early 1950s in several exhibitions in London, Vienna, Munich, Leipzig, Dresden, Freiburg in Breisgau, Stuttgart, Bern and Zürich. However, her oeuvre was about to fall into oblivion. The artist began to gain acknowledgment only in 1985, when her artworks were included to the exhibition «Das Oberengadin», as a member of artists that artistically engaged with the high valley of the Engadine. 

«Her aquarelles and oil paintings almost appear as if they were painted on glass or silk. Her works are colorful, but nevertheless, the paintings seem to convey a sense of nostalgia. A hint of personal expression is particularly recognizable within the last 20 years of her artistic output, in 1932, at the time when her husband passed away and she found her homeland, Germany, in a period of political agitation. (Article from the journal «kunstart»).

Today bromer kunst counts over 40 artworks by Clara Porges to its inventory. In fall 2013 bromer kunst opened the first extensive retrospective exhibition, displaying over 130 artworks. Furthermore, a broad monograph about the artist has been edited. The retrospective exhibition and the publication of the monograph symbolized an important veneration for the Swiss artist Clara Porges.

 


Rudolf Urech-Seon

Publication of a monograph about the artist Rudolf Urech-Seon

bromer kunst is particularly committed to pursuing long-term projects, for instance, the elaboration of an extensive 500-page monograph about the first abstract Swiss painter, Rudolf Urech-Seon

While Swiss painters in the 1930s sought to represent idyllic scenes, Rudolf Urech-Seon (1876–1959) tried to depict nature by using geometric forms. He graduated as a painter from the Art Academy in Munich at a time when abstract art already prospered, though not in his hometown Aargau, which still followed the tradition of Post-Impressionism and had little comprehension for modern movements. Urech-Seon was left no other choice than to seek his own artistic path. As a loner he reinvented abstract art in his rural countryside-studio in Seon. 

 


Rudolf Häsler

The documentary film "Coca Castro" about Rudolf Häsler is screened at bromer kunst until July 16th

The occupation with Rudolf Häsler’s life and work culminated in the opening of the most extensive retrospective exhibition so far that has ever been dedicated to him, as well as the premiere of the documentary «Coca-Castro», which both took place at the bromer kunst premises. The documentary illuminates the historical background of the Cuban Revolution, as well as the numerous poetic annotations, which the artist kept during his lifetime. The complementing exhibition and film highlight Häsler’s cosmopolitan, eventful life and his artistic output as one oft he first photorealistic painters. Soon an extensive publication about Häsler’s extraordinary life and his unique artistic oeuvre is going to be edited.

 

Rudolf Häsler (1927-1999) was born in Interlaken. Ever since his childhood he kept fascinated by foreign countries and cultures. Right after finishing his formation as a teacher, he decided to become an artist. After extensive study trips around Europe and Northern Africa, the Bernese artist from the Oberland region settled down in Spain for a short period. In Granada he made acquaintance of the Cuban Maria Dolores Soler, whom he got married soon afterwards in Cuba. Initially, the couple intended to remain merely two weeks in Cuba – eventually they stayed over a decade in the Caribbean insular state. Shortly after the revolutionary forces gained victory, Rudolf Häsler was appointed director at the national department of arts and crafts. Succeeding Che Guevara, Häsler held the second highest position as a foreigner within Cuba’s Revolutionary Government. However, Rudolf Häsler felt from grace with Fidel Castro and got displaced from his position. Thus, in 1969 he was constrained to hastily quit Cuba. Together with his family he left for Spain, from where he travelled around the world. Häsler gained prominence because of his meticulous Realism, which is likely to be assigned to the hyperrealistic genre of painting. Since Häsler lived extremely quietly in Spain, he did not participate in many vast international exhibitions. Therefore, he only came to be known to a restricted body of experts. Nevertheless, bromer kunst is persuaded that Häsler will soon be granted a position within international art historiography.

 


«Coca-Castro»

Documentary about Swiss artist Rudolf Häsler

«Coca-Castro»

 

The documentary about Rudolf Häsler (1927-1999) entitled «Coca-Castro» portrays the artist's eventful life and his nonpareil artistic oeuvre. Realized by bromer kunst and directed by Christian Herren and Daniel Bleuer. During the retrospective-exhibition about Rudolf Häsler, the documentary «Coca-Castro» is screened in full length in the auditorium of bromer kunst until the 16th of July.

 

VI-step-directions: How to shoot a documentary film in Cuba

 


Bromer Edition

Book launch «Kuba – Freiheit oder Terror: Ein Maler erlebt die Revolution»

bromer kunst has already edited various artist-monographs. Edition Bromer has been initiated in 2017 with the intention to continue pursuing similar publishing projects. The reprintnig of the book «Kuba – Freiheit oder Terror: Ein Maler erlebt die Revolution» written by Swiss artist Rudolf Häsler (1927 – 1999) was the first launch realized by bromer edition. 

Furthermore, the relesase of an extense artist-monograph about Rudolf Häsler is scheduled in June 2017.

 

The book «Kuba – Freiheit oder Terror» can be bought for 26.50 CHF plus. shipping.