Albert Oehlen, Exhibition view, Secession 2004, Photo: Matthias Herrmann

Albert Oehlen

November 26, 2004 – January 30, 2005

Albert Oehlen has redefined the medium of painting in an international context beyond the hype of the late seventies and eighties. The artist is not concerned with continuing and defending a traditional field of art; he rather intends to open a discourse on the panel painting vis-à-vis the new media and also vis-à-vis his personal history. Jokingly and with assumed indifference towards the form of presentation as well as with surprising shifts of meaning, he comments on predominant values and ideologies within the world of art and on the classic concept of the picture. In this process, he employs both figurative and abstract elements.


Albert Oehlen lives and works in Switzerland and in Spain.