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Almond, Darren: All Things Pass

Almond, Darren: Terminus

Almond, Darren / Blechen, Carl: Landscapes

Andreani, Giulia

Appel, Karel

Arnolds, Thomas

Brown, Glenn

Brown, Glenn: And Thus We Existed

Butzer, André

Butzer, André: Exhibitions Galerie Max Hetzler 2003–2022

Chinese Painting from No Name to Abstraction: Collection Ralf Laier

Choi, Cody: Mr. Hard Mix Master. Noblesse Hybridige

Demester, Jeremy

Demester, Jérémy: Fire Walk With Me

Dienst, Rolf-Gunter: Frühe Bilder und Gouachen

Dupuy-Spencer, Celeste: Fire But the Clouds Never Hung So Low Before

Ecker, Bogomir: You’re NeverAlone

Elmgreen and Dragset: After Dark

Elrod, Jeff

Elrod, Jeff: ESP

Fischer, Urs

Förg, Günther

Förg, Günther: Forty Drawings 1993

Förg, Günther: Works from the Friedrichs Collection

Galerie Max Hetzler: Remember Everything

Galerie Max Hetzler: 1994–2003

Gréaud, Loris: Ladi Rogeurs  Sir Loudrage  Glorius Read

Grosse, Katharina: Spectrum without Traces

Hains, Raymond

Hains, Raymond: Venice

Hatoum, Mona (Kunstmuseum
St. Gallen)

Eric Hattan Works. Werke Œuvres 1979–2015

Hattan, Eric: Niemand ist mehr da

Herrera, Arturo: Series

Herrera, Arturo: Boy and Dwarf

Hilliard, John: Accident and Design

Holyhead, Robert

Horn, Rebecca / Hayden Chisholm: Music for Rebecca Horn's installations

Horn, Rebecca: 10 Werke / 20 Postkarten – 10 Works / 20 Postcards

Huang Rui: Actual Space, Virtual Space

Josephsohn, Hans

Kahrs, Johannes: Down ’n out

Koons, Jeff

Kowski, Uwe: Paintings and Watercolors

La mia ceramica

Larner, Liz

Li Nu: Peace Piece

Mahn, Inge


Mikhailov, Boris: Temptation of Life

Mosebach, Martin / Rebecca Horn: Das Lamm (The Lamb)

Neto, Ernesto: From Sebastian to Olivia

Niemann, Christoph

Oehlen, Albert: Luckenwalde

Oehlen, Albert: Mirror Paintings

Oehlen, Albert: Spiegelbilder. Mirror Paintings 1982–1990

Oehlen, Albert: Interieurs

Oehlen, Albert: unverständliche braune Bilder

Oehlen, Pendleton, Pope.L, Sillman

Oehlen, Albert | Schnabel, Julian

Phillips, Richard: Early Works on Paper

Prince, Richard: Super Group

Reyle, Anselm: After Forever

Riley, Bridget

Riley, Bridget: Circles and Discs

Riley, Bridget: Paintings and Related Works 1983–2010

Riley, Bridget: The Stripe Paintings

Riley, Bridget: Paintings 1984–2020

Roth, Dieter & Iannone, Dorothy

Scully, Sean: Dark Yet

True Stories: A Show Related to an Era – The Eighties

Tunga: Laminated Souls

Tursic, Ida & Mille, Wilfried

de Waal, Edmund: Irrkunst

Wang, Jiajia: Elegant, Circular, Timeless

Warren, Rebecca

Wool, Christopher: Westtexaspsychosculpture

Wool, Christopher: Road

Wool, Christopher: Yard

Wool, Christopher: Swamp

Wool, Christopher: Bad Rabbit

Zeng Fanzhi: Old and New. Paintings 1988–2023

Zhang Wei (2017)

Zhang Wei (2019)

Zhang Wei / Wang Luyan: A Conversation with Jia Wei


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La mIa ceramica
Eline Thirion-Berg (ed.)
Text Edmund de Waal

English / French
24 x 30 cm
56 pages
29 color illustrations
35.00 Euro


Leaf through the book


Ceramics have long offered an additional mode of expression to painters and sculptors, installation and concept artists alike. The attraction often lies in the immediacy of clay that allows a spontaneous shaping of raw forms. This is described by Lucio Fontana in his programmatic text “La mia ceramica,” which has lent its name to the exhibition at Galerie Max Hetzler in Paris documented here. The roundup starts in the late 1940s and leads us from the pioneers of the medium—beside Fontana these are Pablo Picasso and Fausto Melotti—to very recent work from contemporary artists. You will find pure abstraction and free reinvention of vessels, spontaneous expression and calculated concept, sometimes placed within the ceramic tradition, sometimes subverting all its conventions. In its sequence of works, along with statements from the artists on the possibilities and practice of ceramics, this book reveals the very personal approaches this material affords.


La mia ceramica
(excerpt from the text by Edmund de Waal)

Clay becomes ceramic when it is fired. When clay is still in its raw state it can be broken down, mixed with water, reconstituted: objects can be made and remade indefinitely. Its plasticity is almost dangerous, it allows for revision and effacement. It has little resistance in comparison with wood or stone. Every touch is present but contingent. After firing, clay becomes other – it can be broken, chipped, made fragmentary – but it cannot return to its primal state. It is now unalterable, holding a record of the movements that made it: it is terramottata ma ferma, ‘earthquaked but motionless’, in Fontana’s vivid words. Clay and ceramic are polarised states of being, motion and stasis...

Clay is inexhaustible stuff. It is cheap. It has little value in the hierarchy of materials: it is demotic, basic, primal. It is earth. As earth, it is universal but also particular as it comes out of territory, land, place. To work with it is to make something out of nothing. It is an act of Ur-creation: ‘God gave man a little bit of mud’, in Gauguin’s words. Clay records the passage of one moment of one person through the world. The use of clay to sketch, to mark in an abbreviated way the flux of feeling, is part of this map of the unexpected...

Transformation takes place at different levels of seriousness, humour and complexity. But at every stage there are decisions as to whether to adopt the technics of ceramics. As Fontana said in the essay he wrote in 1939: ‘I abhor the mystics of technique… I am looking for something else.’


In collaboration with Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin | Paris