Velkommen til utstillingsåpning med hele familien Widerberg, lørdag 6. februar, kl 12.00. Ordfører Lisbeth Hammer Krog åpner utstillingen.
Frans Widerberg og hans sønner, Thomas og Nico, fyller fra lørdag 6. februar våre lokaler i Kinoveien 12. Dette er en sjelden anledning i norsk samtidskunst. Hver enkelt i Widerbergfamilien har gått sin egen vei – Frans som maler og grafiker, Nico som skulptør og grafiker og Thomas som fotokunstner og komponist. Dette gjør utstillingen til en spennende helhetsopplevelse, der betrakteren får inntrykket av hvordan disse tre kunstnerne har påvirket hverandre og hvordan den ene generasjonen har påvirket den andre.
Frans Widerberg har over en lang periode påvirket den kunstneriske utviklingen her til lands. Frans og Nicos kunst er karakterisert som nyfigurativ, og Thomas setter med landskapsfotografi og musikalsk bakgrunn utstillingen inn i et nesten drømmeaktig univers.
Thomas har med sin kunst beveget seg fra den totale ensomheten i tidløse landskaper til motiver med detaljer av sivilisasjon. Her er det kanskje et hus eller et menneske å finne. Thomas sier at hans skapende kunstnerskap er en tidkrevende prosess, fra den absolutte ensomheten til individet. Om han har kommet halvveis, får vi nå se i Bærum Kunstforening.
Widerbergutstillingen i Bærum Kunstforening vil inneholde verk av tre internasjonalt, anerkjente kunstnere som er familiær og kunstnerisk relaterte! Frans stiller ut akvareller og grafiske verk; Nico kommer med nye tresnitt og skulptur og Thomas bidrar med klang og lag-fernissert fotokunst.
Kuratortekst by Mara Helen Wood, 28. jan. 2016
Frans Widerberg, Nico Widerberg and Thomas Widerberg
The next group exhibition at Bærum Kunstforening will feature the work of three internationally distinguished artists who happen to be related! Opening from the 6 – 28 February 2016, the exhibition features work by Norway’s celebrated figurative artist Frans Widerberg and his sons, the sculptor Nico Widerberg and the photographer/composer, Thomas Widerberg.
A prolific artist in all the media he has chosen to explore, Frans Widerberg has always been productive in the medium of printmaking. In this exhibition the richness of Widerberg’s imagery is complemented by his inventive use of the medium through a variety of techniques to present each image to maximum effect.
Born in 1934, Frans Widerberg is one of those artistic visionaries who creates an alternative world in which the laws of gravity do not apply: figures hover, levitate or swoop and dive. The action is often extreme. Certain themes continue to preoccupy him; elongated, suspended figures, loving couples; the elements, earth, fire, water and air, which evoke symbolic associations with the human condition rather than any literal references. The mythic otherworldly character of these paintings is reinforced by the supernatural light, less Northern than incandescent, in which events take place. Colour, too, is often reduced to saturated blazing primaries. “Yellows, red, blue, matter, energy, space …. Together they resound, vibrate, to bring about transformations and life”, Frans once explained.
Like his father, Nico Widerberg (born 1960), too, works across the disciplines. During the last few years he has responded to a relentless programme of exhibitions, public and private commissions, lectures and interviews. Reacting positively to the ever-increasing demand for his work, he has moved effortlessly between sculpture, painting and printmaking with the consistency of an artist who is entirely at one with himself and his materials. Predominantly still and monolithic, Nico Widerberg’s timeless, figurative sculpture unites traditions as diverse as pre-classical Greek to the elongated presences of Giacometti. Widerberg remains his own man, however, his constant inventiveness producing some extraordinarily poetic works in glass, bronze, granite and marble.
The electro-acoustic composer and photographer, Thomas Widerberg (born 1964), is widely known for his commissioned compositions which he has contributed to exhibitions in Norway and abroad. Influences by contemporary ‘art’ music and jazz, progressive rock and minimalism, Thomas Widerberg’s compositions take us into a world of sound which ranges from the subtlest of piano overtones, sometimes plucked from within the instrument, to the densest of electronic strata. No matter how different the details of each piece, a composition by Thomas Widerberg reveals a painterly sensitivity to factors of sound and space, tone and texture.
Widerberg’s strikingly composed, yet unforced landscape–based photography, which often features motifs from the Far North, invites us to reconsider conventional notions of figure and ground, of photographic foreground and background, human presence and absence – while also being linked to aspects of the Northern Romantic Tradition. In both his music and his photography, he has spoken of his desire to get in touch with the sound of Nature, “to conjure something of the cosmicity of things, beyond the immediate pulse of human existence.”
While his music speaks for itself, Widerberg has long had the imperative to present his compositions in conjunction with other art forms from photography to painting and sculpture. Image, sound and context combine to produce what he calls a range of “audible tapestries”. This February, some of those tapestries can be heard at Bærum Kunstforening in a joint exhibition of Frans Widerberg’s paintings, his graphic works, Nico Widerberg’s sculpture and prints and Thomas Widerberg’s photography and music.