14 October 2015 – 7 November 2015
Since September 2014, Adrian Buschmann has been living and working on the Italian
Riviera. A reminiscence of Claude Monet, Henri Matisse and Francis Picabia, who also
resided nearby. On the search for inspiration regarding new works, Adrian Buschmann
had the desire to follow in the footsteps of his role models. With the view on the sloping
mountain ranges of the Ligurian Alps leading to the sea resort of Bordighera, the area of
Riviera di Polente promises fantastic sunsets. It is this scenery that marks the beginning
of another phase of Buschmann’s artistic oeuvre.
Adrian Buschmann’s new paintings show beach scenes: sketchy portraits of situations at
the coast or cafés are scratched into the color layers on the canvas. The letters NICE and X
encompass the pictures, thereby opening the gate to the motif: bathers in the sand, lovers
and people who are talking convey the image of a well-to-do boredom. Sometimes, a
handrail separates the scenery from the observer, unfolding from the motif a border
between beach and promenade, work of art and observer.
Making reference to Leon Chwistek, Adrian Buschmann has painted this image of a
careless society, drinking, dancing, and consuming before. In his current works, the artist
relocates this scenery to a beach, but refrains from evolving the theme any further.
Patterns that are independent of the current zeitgeist and world affairs are the central
theme of the series. The almost empty and faded pictures evoke a sense of
disenchantment – as if the artist had failed in his ambition and if his works had been
blinded by the sun.
Adrian Buschmann (born in Katowice/Poland in 1976) has recently dealt with the architecture of Johannes
Spalt: He fixed an element, figuratively standing as a nose and, at the same time, absorbing the handrail of
the house leading to the adjacent pavilion, to the frame of the painting Modern Guilt (2015).
Gabriele Senn Galerie