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  • Gallery Introduction

    Mai 36 Galerie was founded Victor Gisler and celebrated its first opening with a groundbreaking exhibition by Les Levine in 1988. Since 1996, the gallery has been located in the center of Zurich where it opened its newly additional spaces in 2017. 

    Mai 36 Galerie presents and promotes the work of both emerging and established international contemporary artists alike. For more than 30 years, Mai 36 Galerie has been working with John Baldessari, Stephan Balkenhol, Matt Mullican, Thomas Ruff and Lawrence Weiner amongst others. In addition, the gallery represents several artist estates. Jacobo Castellano, Michel Pérez Pollo and Zang Kunkun are amongst the young artists that have been added to the gallery program more recently. The gallery features the work of the artists continuously in individual exhibitions and publications as well as at various established international art fairs. Mai 36 Galerie has been working closely with museums and institutions around the world and has gained a reputation for the longstanding collaborations with its artists.


    Exhibition Introduction

    Michel Pérez Pollo – In Front Of The World

    22.03.19 - 14.04.19

    Mai 36 Galerie is pleased to announce its participation in Gallery Weekend Beijing 2019 with Michel Pérez Pollo’s first ever exhibition in China, opening on 22 March 2019.

    The exhibition, titled In Front Of The World, shows Pollo’s (*1981 in Manzanilla, Cuba) recent works that explore figurative situations, sculptural portraiture and the metaphysical. Through his skilled conduction of colour and form, the paintings appear to show motifs familiar to the beholder, without having to identify with rigid concepts or definitions. It is precisely this balance that grants Pollo’s work a universal expression that speaks to our innate self, transcending cultural structures and societal norms, while maintaining an element of the unknown. 

    In an interview to Laura Salas Redondo for her upcoming book Cuba Talks, Pollo elaborates on a central aspect in his work:  

    “For me, painting has an intrinsic metaphysical component. It is always something beyond physics, the object or what we see. Perhaps, metaphysical is the most appropriate term I find to refer to my work. It has to do with the relationship between elements and the emotional impact that these relationships generate. For me this is fundamentally related to the mystery and what we don’t know about the most common things.”

    Pollo studied at the Escuela Profesional De Artes Plásticas in Holguín and at the Instituto De Arte in Havana. Recent exhibitions include his acclaimed solo exhibition MARMOR at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana (November 2018 -- February 2019) and the group show Kunst x Kuba – zeitgenössische Positionen seit 1989 at the Ludwig Forum Aachen (September 2017 -- February 2018).


    SZ Art Center, 4, Jiuxianqiao Rd. Chaoyang District, Beijing (Exhibition location during GWBJ 2019)

  • Gallery Introduction

    Galerie Eva Presenhuber is a leading contemporary art gallery located in Zurich and New York. Founded by Eva Presenhuber in 2003, the gallery is committed to representing and nurturing an international and intergenerational roster of artists that reflects both historical and current discourses within contemporary art. 

    The gallery works with over 40 artists and estates including Doug Aitken, Joe Bradley, Carroll Dunham, Sam Falls, Douglas Gordon, Peter Fischli David Weiss, Liam Gillick, Shara Hughes, Karen Kilimnik, Adam Pendleton, Torbjørn Rødland, Ugo Rondinone, Dieter Roth, Oscar Tuazon, Franz West, and Sue Williams. 

    In 2017, Eva Presenhuber opened an exhibition space in New York, which functions as an important extension of the original Zurich gallery. 

    Galerie Eva Presenhuber participates in several art fairs each year including but not limited to Art Basel in Basel and Miami, The Armory Show in New York, FIAC in Paris, and West Bund Art & Design in Shanghai.


    Exhibition Introduction

    Shara Hughes

    22.03.19 - 14.04.19

    Shara Hughes' new paintings further develop what she refers to as invented or psychological landscapes. These landscapes do not depict real places but rather are created from the inside, an inside that is strongly informed by a deep knowledge of art history, as well as the work of contemporary peers. Her frenetic colors and vibrant brushstrokes, vivid lines, heavily applied marks, and monochromatic fields show traces of fin de siècle styles, such as Fauvism, Art Nouveau, or German Expressionism.

    The paintings on display have been created in a non-linear way, yet they are linked by motifs and approaches leading into a new body of work. Larger and smaller paintings accompany and contrast each other, both depicting landscapes from different perspectives. Hughes usually starts the larger, more detailed works in a playful way – not by following a certain idea, but by employing techniques and styles to create a pictorial cosmos where discontinuous parts complete and complement one another. The stark contrasts and alternating styles leave the viewer with a feeling of urgency or even anxiety. 

    In contrast to this, the smaller paintings create a quieter tension, letting the eye slow down. As if the process of painting was crystallized in the work itself, the decisions in these paintings were made at a slower pace. The difference between the two formats can be understood metaphorically: It is as if one had zoomed out of the larger paintings, only to find "the bigger picture" in the smaller paintings.


    SZ Art Center, 4, Jiuxianqiao Rd. Chaoyang District, Beijing (Exhibition location during GWBJ 2019)