The solo exhibition with works by Benjamin Moravec transports visitors into fantastic visual worlds.
The artist’s paintings are characterised by a stage-like pictorial structure. Fragments of reality become movable walls or flat boxes in the centres of which individual objects, figures, scenes or animals are positioned separately and thus charged with symbolism. The French-born artist takes the depicted motifs from the net, processes and positions them in a first step with the help of software and then translates the compositions into painting. In this way, the Nuremberg artist succeeds in mixing the real and the unreal, the virtual and the handmade.
Moravec’s works are an expression of a contemporary approach to images. For this has changed considerably in the present. In view of increasing digitalisation, one might ask how consistent reality still is and whether we have not long since been living in a world of simulacra.
On the one hand, the paintings on display are a confrontation with the flood of images that surrounds us, but on the other hand they are also an attempt at a counter-model. The strong focus on individual motifs makes us think about whether they are emptied of meaning or still serve as carriers of meaning and can be filled with meaning by us.
About the artist:
Benjamin Moravec was born in 1977 in Thiais, France. He studied at the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts in Lyon and the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg with Prof. Johannes Grützke. He completed his studies as a master student with Prof. Ralph Fleck.
He has already shown his works in solo exhibitions in Fürth, Antwerp, Istanbul, Brussels and Munich.
The exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Heidenheim is his first exhibition in Baden-Württemberg.