Albrecht Gehse – Turmoil: 50 Pictures of the World - A Cycle
Christoph Stölzl and Wolfgang Thiede
In his cycle Albrecht Gehse reveals in 50 exciting pictures a world in which dream, nightmare and reality are combined in a comic, frightening but above all mysterious way. In these brilliant, large-format works, society and history are shown in settings which elude all traditional iconography. Albrecht Gehse grants the viewer insights into his thoughts and his worldview. United by a masterly painting style which extends from illusionistic representationalism via rapid virtuoso sketches to true explosions of colour, the artist leads us into scenes in which great uproar appears to reign. Faces from politics are on view; natural phenomena flash to the fore; architecture and theatrical spaces come and go; mass scenes alternate with snapshots. And the artist himself is repeatedly present in this painterly interpretation of the world of the present. Brief comments on the cycle lead us through the events.