Germany - Bonn - Bonner Kunstverein - Matthieu Ronsse - The Spirit Moves Me02/09/2010
September 18 – October 31, 2010
The Bonner Kunstverein presents the The Spirit Moves Me, Matthieu Ronsse's first institutional single exhibition outside of Belgium.
Two very different aspects of Ronsse's art have attrackted attention at most. One is the quality of his painting: Ronsse's almost disparate iconography entails interiors, everyday still lifes, snap-shots of hardcore concerts, pin-up girls and recurrent adaptations of art history: Da Vinci, Watteau, Goya, Manet, Fragonard and repeatedly, downright excessively, Velázquez; but also younger masters such as Dan Flavin and Joseph Kosuth. Ronsse translates these antetypes with a technical finesse only achieved by very few these days.
The other one is the elaborate and unfashionable narrative in which RONSSE embeds the aforementioned works. Ronsse's exhibitions consist of installations, performances and interventions that are more than an accompanying framework for his painted works. Ronsse typically brings (often huge) architectural structures from the studio to the exhibition space (ASYL, 2007) and fills it with everyday objects like a refrigerator, a basketball and a rifle. These elements noticeably shift the concept of his exhibitions away from merely looking at autonomous images to a more open form.
Image: Matthieu Ronsse, The End (of a couple of versions to move the home sick), 2007,
Galerie Luis Campaña, Cologne, Germany. Photo by Alistair Overbrück. Courtesy of Galerie Luis Campaña