Gallery: Pékin Fine Arts
Artist(s): Phénix Varbanov
Opening / Event Date: 28 Jul, 2023
Closing / End Date: 30 Sep, 2023
Karin Weber Gallery is proud to announce renowned German artist Willi Siber’s first solo show in Asia since the pandemic, his fifth with the gallery.
‘Masterclass’ sees a continuation of this versatile artist’s uncompromising commitment to pure abstraction and exploration of materials, always pushing limits of form, light, colour and space. His vibrant, tactile creations continue to offer challenges in interpretation as Siber teases the viewer’s expectations and perspectives with ‘objects’ that intersect boundaries between picture, installation and sculpture.
Works in this show include new takes on some established favourites, such as Siber’s classic oval- and brick-shaped Wall Objects, now executed in metallic varnishes across indented surfaces to offer a quasi- holographic visual effect.
Innovative themes and materials result from years of experimentation across all elements of Siber’s practice. Round, wall mounted pieces are based on satellite maps of planet topographies recorded by NASA, introducing an astronomically themed line of work. Matt white pieces provide a striking departure from Siber’s ongoing embrace of colour and light; instead, they offer a powdery, calm antithesis to the vibrancy of Siber’s regular oeuvre. The introduction of bronze as a new material allows the artist to re-imagine some of his favourite shapes in more compact sizes, with a uniquely precious texture and energy.
‘Masterclass’ offers a snapshot of a mature artist at the top of his game, with no signs of slowing down. Siber remains curious, driven and constantly on the lookout for his next breakthrough material, shape or idea. We are honoured to be part of his journey and excited to introduce his new works to his many existing fans and new audiences.
About the Artist:
Willi Siber (b.1949 Germany) obtained his art degree from the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1974. Exhibiting internationally since 1990, Siber has an impressive career record of exhibitions with galleries, museums and art fairs across Europe, America and Asia. His art objects can be found in prestigious public and private collections across the globe including the German Bundestag in Berlin, Municipal Art Museums in Germany, various German Embassies, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Hong Kong and Melco Resorts & Entertainment in Macau. Willi Siber is also a regular at prestigious international art fairs such as Art Cologne and Art Karlsruhe in Germany, Art Central in Hong Kong, Art Taipei, Taiwan, KIAF, Korea, Art Miami, USA The Salon Art + Design and SCOPE New York, USA, Collect in London, UK, Arco Madrid, Spain and Artissima in Turin, Italy.