Max Hari

Ich schaue mir beim Sehen zu

Soft Shell



This will be the first com­pre­hen­sive exhi­bi­tion of the artis­tic output of Max Hari. His large-format paint­ings as well as his draw­ings and water­colours per­sis­tently explore the ten­sion between fig­u­ra­tive and abstract rep­re­sen­ta­tion. At what point does rep­re­sen­ta­tion begin? What allows us to rec­og­nize some­thing as a rep­re­sen­ta­tional in the first place? How does the medium of paint medi­ate this process? These are a few of the ques­tions Hari raises and addresses in his works along­side an explo­ration of the nature and lim­i­ta­tions of the cre­ative inter­ac­tion with one’s artis­tic pre­de­ces­sors and idols. The focal point of the exhi­bi­tion is a new series of works, to be rounded out by a ret­ro­spec­tive of Hari’s works span­ning the last four decades. A book pub­li­ca­tion col­lects a selec­tion from his vast oeuvre since 1985.

The group exhi­bi­tion includes works by five artists who have chosen paint­ing as their pre­ferred medium of expres­sion. The works by Nat­acha Donzé, Ray Hegel­bach, Ivan Mitro­vic, Anna Schirin Schnei­der and Nora Steiner are char­ac­ter­ized by the engage­ment with every­day impres­sions and sym­bols, specif­i­cally the social power dif­fer­en­tials and the dig­i­tal and pop-cul­tural imagery they inher­ently express and repro­duce. They exper­i­ment with and freshly inter­pret tra­di­tional con­ven­tions of visual rep­re­sen­ta­tion, ges­tural habits, and view­ing regimes within the con­text of paint­ing. The title of the exhi­bi­tion, “Soft Shell”, makes ref­er­ence to the con­tra­dic­tory mate­ri­al­ity of paint­ing as well as the clash of assertive­ness and vul­ner­a­bil­ity and play­ful­ness and seri­ous­ness in the artists’ respec­tive practices.

The exhi­bi­tion is gen­er­ously sup­ported by:

Stiftung Jaberg

Die Mobil­iar

Ursula-Wirz Stiftung

saa ag & wernli maler ag

Kul­turs­tiftung des Kanton Thurgau


Burg­erge­meinde Langenthal

Basel-Stadt Kultur

Max Hari, Ohne Titel (Garten),2006, Acryl auf Leinwand
05:30 pm
–06:30 pm
06:00 pm
10:00 am
–12:00 pm
12:00 pm
–12:30 pm


Max Hari. Ich schaue mir beim Sehen zu

Die Pub­lika­tion erscheint anlässlich der gle­ich­nami­gen Ausstel­lung im Kun­sthaus Lan­gen­thal vom 27. August – 15. Novem­ber 2020
Mit zahlre­ichen far­bigen Abbil­dun­gen und Texten von Raf­fael Dörig und Claire Hofmann.

142 Seiten, 301 x 235 mm
© 2020 Raf­fael Dörig, Kun­sthaus Langenthal
ISBN: 978–3‑906948–11‑9

CHF 38.- + Versandkosten