Johannes Hüppi

Museum Museum

Mar 27th – May 19th, 2018

Pop 1 (Hockney, Rosenquist, Wesselmann)

Pop 1 (Hockney, Rosenquist, Wesselmann), 2017

Oil on cardboard

24,1 x 32 cm

The subtle, figurative paintings by Johannes Hüppi (*1965 Baden-Baden) captivate the viewer through a visual language that so fervently acknowledges its underlying fantasies. The presented series of works Museum Museum finds its stage in Hüppis very personal Musée imaginaire. Within a sensual presence of untouchable innocence his female nudes stroll through the secret inner world of museum interiors trying to allure the beholder into the realm of the artistic masterpieces’ dreamy or nightmarish narratives. What happens when Hüppi’s nudes come across the paintings they formally arose from?
Hand-Joachim Müller: “All of the many bathing women ambushed by painters over the centuries in secluded forest glades, these desired girls, as Wagner put it, of which the great Cézanne almost despaired, the shameless playmates with fishtails, and bashful Venus; all of these nude roles with their established scripts, which the masculine history of art has canonize,⎯have always populated the conceptual imago from which Johannes Hüppi has developed his very own dramatic production.[…]
It is at the very moment of such a confrontation, in the peculiar resistant interrelationship between stage and setting, that the essential meaning of Hüppi’s play becomes clear. In the artist’s work, despite all of the naughty allusions it presumes, nudity is always simultaneously an exploration of the history of painting, with its male perspective, with the liberties that are inherent in the male perspective, and the restrictions imposed upon it in exchange for this, with that which is permissible and that which remains forbidden, with that which may be seen, and with that which must be concealed. It is this grandiose history of painting that in an act of cultural sublimation has transformed the burdened nude images into images of vindication, which liberate the desiring eye from having to incessantly grapple with its desire and to be reminded, constantly newly provoked, of the impudence of its craving to see.”
Johannes Hüppi studies at the Academy of Arts in Düsseldorf, lectured at the Academy of Fine Arts in Braunschweig as well as at the Universidad de las Américas (UDLA) in Puebla in Mexico. His works are part of various private and public collections in Germany and in Switzerland.