Peter Welz

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PETER WELZ

PETER WELZ

Biography

Peter Welz was born in Lauingen (D) in 1972, he lives and works in Berlin. He studied at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin (1993-1995), at the Cooper Union in New York (1997) and at the Chelsea School of Art in London (1995-1998). Since the beginning of the 2000s, he developed a personal kinetic perspective using the video as a sculptural expression on moving bodies. His work is characterized by multimedia choreographic installations including sculpture, painting, video, art and dance. The artist’s interest in architecture and movement led him to work on the series “Portrait”, an ongoing visual study based on four subjects: Francis Bacon, Casa Malaparte, Michelangelo Antonioni, AA Bronson. The encounter with William Forsythe, a leading figure in contemporary dance, has been significant for the launch of the first “portrait” and the making of the installation “Retranslation | Final Unfinished Portrait (Francis Bacon)” presented at Musée du Louvre in Paris in 2005. The unfinished portrait left by the artist before his death in 1992 is the central point of the work.

The Casa Malaparte series is dedicated to that masterpiece of modern architecture designed by architect Adalberto Libera on the island of Capri. A source of inspiration for Jean Luc Godard who filmed part of the film “Le Mépris” in 1963, Peter Welz has been working on the film’s frames removing the bodies and leaving only the naked architecture to interact with the space. In the third portrait, the artist worked on never-seen-before scenes from the movie “Deserto Rosso” (1964) by Michelangelo Antonioni, precisely on the crucial moment when the main character played by Monica Vitti is asked to cry. Peter Welz has been exhibiting in solo exhibitions in important institutions, such as: Museum Pfalzgalerie, Kaiserslautern (2010), National Gallery of Modern Art, Rome (2009), Museum für Moderne Kunst Weserburg, Bremen (2008), Museum für Gegenwartskuns, Hamburg (2007 ), Musée du Louvre, Paris (2006), The Renaissance Society, Chicago and Museum for Modern Kunst, Goslar (2005), Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2004), Goethe Institute, St. Petersburg (2003).

Among the collective exhibitions in institutions: Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Oslo (2018), Le Tripostal, Lille (2017), La Cinémathèque Française, Paris (2015), Museum für Moderne Kunst Weserburg, Bremen (2014, 2008), National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (2013), Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt (2011), Kunsthalle Hamburg, Hamburg (2010), Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Siegen (2007), Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2006), Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver (2005), Vincent van Gogh Institute, Venray (2002), ICA Institute for Contemporary Arts, London (2001). The collaboration between Peter Welz and Galleria Fumagalli began in 2005 with the artist’s participation in the collective exhibition “VISIONI, 20 artists in Sant’Agostino” in Bergamo. It continued in 2009 with the opening of Peter Welz’s first solo show at the gallery, followed in 2014 with the exhibition “Portraits | Installations” and in 2016 “Portrait Malaparte” presented in the new gallery location in Milan.

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Biography

Peter Welz was born in Lauingen (D) in 1972, he lives and works in Berlin. He studied at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin (1993-1995), at the Cooper Union in New York (1997) and at the Chelsea School of Art in London (1995-1998). Since the beginning of the 2000s, he developed a personal kinetic perspective using the video as a sculptural expression on moving bodies. His work is characterized by multimedia choreographic installations including sculpture, painting, video, art and dance. The artist’s interest in architecture and movement led him to work on the series “Portrait”, an ongoing visual study based on four subjects: Francis Bacon, Casa Malaparte, Michelangelo Antonioni, AA Bronson. The encounter with William Forsythe, a leading figure in contemporary dance, has been significant for the launch of the first “portrait” and the making of the installation “Retranslation | Final Unfinished Portrait (Francis Bacon)” presented at Musée du Louvre in Paris in 2005. The unfinished portrait left by the artist before his death in 1992 is the central point of the work.

The Casa Malaparte series is dedicated to that masterpiece of modern architecture designed by architect Adalberto Libera on the island of Capri. A source of inspiration for Jean Luc Godard who filmed part of the film “Le Mépris” in 1963, Peter Welz has been working on the film’s frames removing the bodies and leaving only the naked architecture to interact with the space. In the third portrait, the artist worked on never-seen-before scenes from the movie “Deserto Rosso” (1964) by Michelangelo Antonioni, precisely on the crucial moment when the main character played by Monica Vitti is asked to cry. Peter Welz has been exhibiting in solo exhibitions in important institutions, such as: Museum Pfalzgalerie, Kaiserslautern (2010), National Gallery of Modern Art, Rome (2009), Museum für Moderne Kunst Weserburg, Bremen (2008), Museum für Gegenwartskuns, Hamburg (2007 ), Musée du Louvre, Paris (2006), The Renaissance Society, Chicago and Museum for Modern Kunst, Goslar (2005), Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2004), Goethe Institute, St. Petersburg (2003).

Among the collective exhibitions in institutions: Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Oslo (2018), Le Tripostal, Lille (2017), La Cinémathèque Française, Paris (2015), Museum für Moderne Kunst Weserburg, Bremen (2014, 2008), National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (2013), Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt (2011), Kunsthalle Hamburg, Hamburg (2010), Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Siegen (2007), Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2006), Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver (2005), Vincent van Gogh Institute, Venray (2002), ICA Institute for Contemporary Arts, London (2001). The collaboration between Peter Welz and Galleria Fumagalli began in 2005 with the artist’s participation in the collective exhibition “VISIONI, 20 artists in Sant’Agostino” in Bergamo. It continued in 2009 with the opening of Peter Welz’s first solo show at the gallery, followed in 2014 with the exhibition “Portraits | Installations” and in 2016 “Portrait Malaparte” presented in the new gallery location in Milan.

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Works

Peter Welz, Airdrawing. Whenever on on on nowhow on | airdrawing, 2003. Proiezione video su un disegno (1 AP), 9 disegni a matita, 61x86 cm, 3/3, pennarello indelebile su carta, DVD 30 min loop
Peter Welz, Airdrawing. Whenever on on on nowhow on | airdrawing, 2003
Video projection on a drawing (1 AP), 9 pencil drawings, 61x86 cm, 3/3, marker on paper, DVD 30 min loop
Peter Welz, Triple study [disfiguration] | a double image | Forsythe | Bacon retranslation, 2005. Collage di stampe fotografiche, pennarello indelebile, scotch, penna su carta, 61x86 cm
Peter Welz, Triple study [disfiguration] | a double image | Forsythe | Bacon retranslation, 2005
Photographic prints, marker, tape, pen on paper, 61x86 cm
Peter Welz, Study Bacon retranslation [disfiguration] | Forsythe | study of distortion | fall | take 03, 2005. Collage di stampe fotografiche, pennarello indelebile, scotch, penna su carta, 61x86 cm
Peter Welz, Study Bacon retranslation [disfiguration] | Forsythe | study of distortion | fall | take 03, 2005
Photographic prints, marker, tape, pen on paper, 61x86 cm
Peter Welz, Peter Welz, Video sculpture | architectural device | rotating figure inscribing a circle, 2006. Proiezione video su schermi inclinati, suono, 300x400 cm cad.
Peter Welz, Video sculpture | architectural device | rotating figure inscribing a circle, 2006
Video projection on leaning screens, sound, 300x400 cm cad.
Peter Welz, Study for retranslation | Bacon - Forsythe, 2006. Stampe fotografiche e diapositiva su carta, 61x86 cm
Peter Welz, Study for retranslation | Bacon - Forsythe, 2006
Photographic prints and slide on paper, 61x86 cm
Peter Welz, Studies | William Forsythe retranslating the unfinished portrait by Francis bacon. Merge. Take 01. Above, 2007. Proiezione su carta fotografica, 80x120 cm
Peter Welz, Studies | William Forsythe retranslating the unfinished portrait by Francis bacon. Merge. Take 01. Above, 2007
Projection on photographic paper, 80x120 cm
Peter Welz, Figure inscribing a circle | architectural device | monologue, 2008. Proiezione video su dispositivo architettonico, 30 min DVD loop, suono, compensato, cemento, perspex, vetro e specchio, 82x200x160 cm
Peter Welz, Figure inscribing a circle | architectural device | monologue, 2008
Video projection on architectural device, 30 min DVD loop, sound, plywood, concrete, perspex, glass and mirror, 82x200x160 cm
Peter Welz, Study for Portrait #2 [Casa Malaparte | Barcelona Pavillion] figure descending a staircase, 2009. Proiezione video su dispositivo architettonico, 30 min DVD loop, suono, compensato, cemento, 60x120x80 cm
Peter Welz, Study for Portrait #2 [Casa Malaparte | Barcelona Pavillion] figure descending a staircase, 2009
Video projection on architectural device, 30 min DVD loop, sound, plywood, concrete, 60x120x80 cm
Peter Welz, Study for Portrait #2 [Casa Malaparte | Barcelona Pavillion] | Figure descending a staircase, 2009. Collage di stampe fotografiche e diapositive su carta, scotch, 61x86 cm
Peter Welz, Study for Portrait #2 [Casa Malaparte | Barcelona Pavillion] | Figure descending a staircase, 2009
Photographic prints and slides on paper, tape, 61x86 cm
Peter Welz, Study for Portrait #2 [Casa Malaparte | Barcelona Pavillion] | Figure descending a staircase, 2009. Collage di stampe fotografiche e diapositive su carta, scotch, 61x86 cm
Peter Welz, Study for Portrait #2 [Casa Malaparte | Barcelona Pavillion] | Figure descending a staircase, 2009
Photographic prints and slides on paper, tape, 61x86 cm
Peter Welz, Study for Portrait #2 [Casa Malaparte | Barcelona Pavillion], 2010. Collage di stampe fotografiche e diapositive su carta, scotch, 61x86 cm
Peter Welz, Study for Portrait #2 [Casa Malaparte | Barcelona Pavillion], 2010
Photographic prints and slides on paper, tape, 61x86 cm
Peter Welz, Model for a Video Sculpture | Portrait #3, 2011. Modello su plinto, stampa fotografica su carta da disegno, dimensioni variabili
Peter Welz, Model for a Video Sculpture | Portrait #3, 2011
Model on plinth, photographic prints on drawing paper, variable dimensions
Peter Welz, Study | Curved wall 1 | Casa Malaparte, 2014. Stampa fotografica, pennarello, scotch su carta, 73×98x5 cm
Peter Welz, Study | Curved wall 1 | Casa Malaparte, 2014
Photographic print, marker, tape on paper, 73×98x5 cm
Peter Welz, Study | Curved wall 2 | Casa Malaparte, 2014. Stampa fotografica, pennarello, scotch su carta, 73×98x5 cm
Peter Welz, Study | Curved wall 2 | Casa Malaparte, 2014
Photographic print, marker, tape on paper, 73×98x5 cm
Peter Welz, Study | Curved wall 3 | Casa Malaparte, 2014. Stampa fotografica, pennarello, scotch su carta, 73×98x5 cm
Peter Welz, Study | Curved wall 3 | Casa Malaparte, 2014
Photographic print, marker, tape on paper, 73×98x5 cm
Peter Welz, Study | Horizon piece | Casa Malaparte, 2014. Stampa fotografica, pennarello, scotch su carta, 73×98x5 cm
Peter Welz, Study | Horizon piece | Casa Malaparte, 2014
Photographic print, marker, tape on paper, 73×98x5 cm
Peter Welz, Study | Staircase | Casa Malaparte, 2014. Stampa fotografica, pennarello, scotch su carta, 73×98x5 cm
Peter Welz, Study | Staircase | Casa Malaparte, 2014
Photographic print, marker, tape on paper, 73×98x5 cm
Peter Welz, Curved wall 1 | Casa Malaparte, 2014. Stampa fotografica su alluminio, 65x115x5 cm
Peter Welz, Curved wall 1 | Casa Malaparte, 2014
Photographic print on aluminum, 65x115x5 cm
Peter Welz, Curved wall 3 | Casa Malaparte, 2014. Stampa fotografica su alluminio, 65x115x5 cm
Peter Welz, Curved wall 3 | Casa Malaparte, 2014
Photographic print on aluminum, 65x115x5 cm
Peter Welz, Horizon piece | Casa Malaparte, 2014. Stampa fotografica su alluminio, 65x115x5 cm
Peter Welz, Horizon piece | Casa Malaparte, 2014
Photographic print on aluminum, 65x115x5 cm
Peter Welz, Staircase | Casa Malaparte, 2014. Stampa fotografica su alluminio, 65x115x5 cm
Peter Welz, Staircase | Casa Malaparte, 2014
Photographic print on aluminum, 65x115x5 cm
Peter Welz, Portrait #3 [out-take | Monica Vitti | still], 2014. Stampe fotografiche, scotch su carta, 53x73x3 cm
Peter Welz, Portrait #3 [out-take | Monica Vitti | still], 2014
Photographic prints, tape on paper, 53x73x3 cm
Peter Welz, Portrait #3 [out-take | Monica Vitti | still], 2014. Stampe fotografiche, scotch su carta, 53x73x3 cm
Peter Welz, Portrait #3 [out-take | Monica Vitti | still], 2014
Photographic prints, tape on paper, 53x73x3 cm
Peter Welz, Portrait #3 [out-take | Monica Vitti | still], 2014. Stampe fotografiche, scotch su carta, 53x73x3 cm
Peter Welz, Portrait #3 [out-take | Monica Vitti | still], 2014
Photographic prints, tape on paper, 53x73x3 cm
Peter Welz, Portrait #3 [screen-test | Monica Vitti | study], 2017. Stampe fotografiche, scotch su carta, 52x67x3 cm
Peter Welz, Portrait #3 [screen-test | Monica Vitti | study], 2017
Photographic prints, tape on paper, 52x67x3 cm
Peter Welz, Portrait #3 [screen-test | Monica Vitti | study], 2017. Stampe fotografiche, scotch su carta, 52x67x3 cm
Peter Welz, Portrait #3 [screen-test | Monica Vitti | study], 2017
Photographic prints, tape on paper, 52x67x3 cm
Peter Welz, Portrait #3 [screen-test | Monica Vitti | study], 2017. Stampe fotografiche, scotch su carta, 52x67x3 cm
Peter Welz, Portrait #3 [screen-test | Monica Vitti | study], 2017
Photographic prints, tape on paper, 52x67x3 cm
Peter Welz, Portrait #3 [screen-test | Monica Vitti | study], 2017. Stampe fotografiche, scotch su carta, 52x67x3 cm
Peter Welz, Portrait #3 [screen-test | Monica Vitti | study], 2017
Photographic prints, tape on paper, 52x67x3 cm

Works

Peter Welz, Airdrawing. Whenever on on on nowhow on | airdrawing, 2003. Video projection on a drawing (1 AP), 9 pencil drawings, 61x86 cm, 3/3, marker on paper, DVD 30 min loop

Peter Welz, Airdrawing. Whenever on on on nowhow on | airdrawing, 2003. Video projection on a drawin

Peter Welz, Triple study [disfiguration] | a double image | Forsythe | Bacon retranslation, 2005. Photographic prints, marker, tape, pen on paper, 61x86 cm

Peter Welz, Triple study [disfiguration] | a double image | Forsythe | Bacon retranslation, 2005. Ph

Peter Welz, Study Bacon retranslation [disfiguration] | Forsythe | study of distortion | fall | take 03, 2005. Photographic prints, marker, tape, pen on paper, 61x86 cm

Peter Welz, Study Bacon retranslation [disfiguration] | Forsythe | study of distortion | fall | take

Peter Welz, Video sculpture | architectural device | rotating figure inscribing a circle, 2006. Video projection on leaning screens, sound, 300x400 cm cad.

Peter Welz, Video sculpture | architectural device | rotating figure inscribing a circle, 2006. Vide

Peter Welz, Study for retranslation | Bacon - Forsythe, 2006. Photographic prints and slide on paper, 61x86 cm

Peter Welz, Study for retranslation | Bacon - Forsythe, 2006. Photographic prints and slide on paper

Peter Welz, Studies | William Forsythe retranslating the unfinished portrait by Francis bacon. Merge. Take 01. Above, 2007. Projection on photographic paper, 80x120 cm

Peter Welz, Studies | William Forsythe retranslating the unfinished portrait by Francis bacon. Merge

Peter Welz, Figure inscribing a circle | architectural device | monologue, 2008. Video projection on architectural device, 30 min DVD loop, sound, plywood, concrete, perspex, glass and mirror, 82x200x160 cm

Peter Welz, Figure inscribing a circle | architectural device | monologue, 2008. Video projection on

Peter Welz, Study for Portrait #2 [Casa Malaparte | Barcelona Pavillion] figure descending a staircase, 2009. Video projection on architectural device, 30 min DVD loop, sound, plywood, concrete, 60x120x80 cm

Peter Welz, Study for Portrait #2 [Casa Malaparte | Barcelona Pavillion] figure descending a stairca

Peter Welz, Study for Portrait #2 [Casa Malaparte | Barcelona Pavillion] | Figure descending a staircase, 2009. Photographic prints and slides on paper, tape, 61x86 cm

Peter Welz, Study for Portrait #2 [Casa Malaparte | Barcelona Pavillion] | Figure descending a stair

Peter Welz, Study for Portrait #2 [Casa Malaparte | Barcelona Pavillion] | Figure descending a staircase, 2009. Photographic prints and slides on paper, tape, 61x86 cm

Peter Welz, Study for Portrait #2 [Casa Malaparte | Barcelona Pavillion] | Figure descending a stair

Peter Welz, Study for Portrait #2 [Casa Malaparte | Barcelona Pavillion], 2010. Photographic prints and slides on paper, tape, 61x86 cm

Peter Welz, Study for Portrait #2 [Casa Malaparte | Barcelona Pavillion], 2010. Photographic prints

Peter Welz, Model for a Video Sculpture | Portrait #3, 2011. Model on plinth, photographic prints on drawing paper, variable dimensions

Peter Welz, Model for a Video Sculpture | Portrait #3, 2011. Model on plinth, photographic prints on

Peter Welz, Study | Curved wall 1 | Casa Malaparte, 2014. Photographic print, marker, tape on paper, 73×98x5 cm

Peter Welz, Study | Curved wall 1 | Casa Malaparte, 2014. Photographic print, marker, tape on paper,

Peter Welz, Study | Curved wall 2 | Casa Malaparte, 2014. Photographic print, marker, tape on paper, 73×98x5 cm

Peter Welz, Study | Curved wall 2 | Casa Malaparte, 2014. Photographic print, marker, tape on paper,

Peter Welz, Study | Curved wall 3 | Casa Malaparte, 2014. Photographic print, marker, tape on paper, 73×98x5 cm

Peter Welz, Study | Curved wall 3 | Casa Malaparte, 2014. Photographic print, marker, tape on paper,

Peter Welz, Study | Horizon piece | Casa Malaparte, 2014. Photographic print, marker, tape on paper, 73×98x5 cm

Peter Welz, Study | Horizon piece | Casa Malaparte, 2014. Photographic print, marker, tape on paper,

Peter Welz, Study | Staircase | Casa Malaparte, 2014. Photographic print, marker, tape on paper, 73×98x5 cm

Peter Welz, Study | Staircase | Casa Malaparte, 2014. Photographic print, marker, tape on paper, 73

Peter Welz, Curved wall 1 | Casa Malaparte, 2014. Photographic print on aluminum, 65x115x5 cm

Peter Welz, Curved wall 1 | Casa Malaparte, 2014. Photographic print on aluminum, 65x115x5 cm

Peter Welz, Curved wall 3 | Casa Malaparte, 2014. Photographic print on aluminum, 65x115x5 cm

Peter Welz, Curved wall 3 | Casa Malaparte, 2014. Photographic print on aluminum, 65x115x5 cm

Peter Welz, Horizon piece | Casa Malaparte, 2014. Photographic print on aluminum, 65x115x5 cm

Peter Welz, Horizon piece | Casa Malaparte, 2014. Photographic print on aluminum, 65x115x5 cm

Peter Welz, Staircase | Casa Malaparte, 2014. Photographic print on aluminum, 65x115x5 cm

Peter Welz, Staircase | Casa Malaparte, 2014. Photographic print on aluminum, 65x115x5 cm

Peter Welz, Portrait #3 [out-take | Monica Vitti | still], 2014. Photographic prints, tape on paper, 53x73x3 cm

Peter Welz, Portrait #3 [out-take | Monica Vitti | still], 2014. Photographic prints, tape on paper,

Peter Welz, Portrait #3 [out-take | Monica Vitti | still], 2014. Photographic prints, tape on paper, 53x73x3 cm

Peter Welz, Portrait #3 [out-take | Monica Vitti | still], 2014. Photographic prints, tape on paper,

Peter Welz, Portrait #3 [out-take | Monica Vitti | still], 2014. Photographic prints, tape on paper, 53x73x3 cm

Peter Welz, Portrait #3 [out-take | Monica Vitti | still], 2014. Photographic prints, tape on paper,

Peter Welz, Portrait #3 [screen-test | Monica Vitti | study], 2017. Photographic prints, tape on paper, 52x67x3 cm

Peter Welz, Portrait #3 [screen-test | Monica Vitti | study], 2017. Photographic prints, tape on pap

Peter Welz, Portrait #3 [screen-test | Monica Vitti | study], 2017. Photographic prints, tape on paper, 52x67x3 cm

Peter Welz, Portrait #3 [screen-test | Monica Vitti | study], 2017. Photographic prints, tape on pap

Peter Welz, Portrait #3 [screen-test | Monica Vitti | study], 2017. Photographic prints, tape on paper, 52x67x3 cm

Peter Welz, Portrait #3 [screen-test | Monica Vitti | study], 2017. Photographic prints, tape on pap

Peter Welz, Portrait #3 [screen-test | Monica Vitti | study], 2017. Photographic prints, tape on paper, 52x67x3 cm

Peter Welz, Portrait #3 [screen-test | Monica Vitti | study], 2017. Photographic prints, tape on pap

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

PETER WELZ
Portrait Malaparte

Opening 16 November 2016
17 November to 20 December 2016

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PETER WELZ
Portraits | Installations

Opening 13 November 2014
14 November 2014 to 6 January 2015

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PETER WELZ

Opening 10 October 2009
13 October to 30 November 2009

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GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Visioni. 20 artisti a Sant’Agostino

9 April to 11 June 2005

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Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

PETER WELZ
Portrait Malaparte

Opening 16 November 2016
17 November to 20 December 2016

Exhibition  →

PETER WELZ
Portraits | Installations

Opening 13 November 2014
14 November 2014 to 6 January 2015

Exhibition  →

PETER WELZ

Opening 10 October 2009
13 October to 30 November 2009

Exhibition  →

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Visioni. 20 artisti a Sant’Agostino

9 April to 11 June 2005

Exhibition  →

Institutions

Peter Welz

Francis Bacon, MoMAT Tokyo
National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan 2013

Peter Welz

Portrait #2 [Casa Malaparte]
Model 1:1, Mies van der Rohe, Krefeld, Germany 2013

Institutions

Peter Welz

Francis Bacon, MoMAT Tokyo
National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan 2013

Peter Welz

Portrait #2 [Casa Malaparte]
Model 1:1, Mies van der Rohe, Krefeld, Germany 2013

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