Peter Angermann


December 18, 2022 - February 12, 2023

opening Sunday 18 december, 13.00 hrs

catalogue Peter Angermann 'Rotterdam'

Forty years ago, Peter Angermann had his international breakthrough in Rotterdam. Curator Gosse Oosterhof presented a series of ground-breaking exhibitions at the Rotterdam based Galerie 't Venster, including a solo exhibition by Peter Angermann in 1981. This exhibition was part of the emerging figurative-expressionist art movement of that time. As brutal and violent as punk once shook up the world of pop music, this neo-expressionism manifested itself in the world of visual arts in the 1980s. And in Rotterdam it became clear that Angermann's work was part of this movement. Galerie Delta by Hans Sonnenberg was located in the same building as Galerie 't Venster. Not only did Sonnenberg buy a lot of Angermann's work, but afterwards he often showed his work in his gallery in Rotterdam.

Initially, from 1966 to 1968, Peter Angermann, who was born in 1945 in Rehau, a small town in Upper Franconia in Bavaria, studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Nuremberg, Then, in autumn 1968, he was drawn to the class run by Joseph Beuys at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. Constantly showered with his teacher’s praise, he nevertheless – or perhaps precisely for that reason – became co-founder of the legendary YIUP group, which from 1969 on attracted attention inside the academy, and above all in the Beuys class, through provocative actions that were directed even against Beuys himself. On leaving the academy in 1972, Angermann saw that in artistic terms, he had come away empty-handed; his passion for painting had not exactly been fostered by Beuys. Not until a year later, once he had largely jettisoned Beuys’s ideas, did Angermann make a new start in the field of painting. A meeting with his former classmate Milan Kunc proved exceptionally fruitful in this situation. Together they developed a new visual language that was closely oriented to everyday life, while simultaneously being fired by a witty, anarchic impulse. In 1979 Jan Knap joined the two friends, and group NORMAL was born. They championed the rejection of individualism and, in line with this, created a large number of joint works – paintings that in some cases were done in public. By 1981, however, each of the three members had progressed so far in his own artistic development that it was decided to disband the group. Standing now on his own two feet, Peter Angermann has retained the socio-critical impulse from his earlier works – coupled with that provocative and at times absurdist humour that marks many of his paintings to this day. After his launch in Rotterdam in 1981, Angermann had an exhibition of his paintings and drawings in the famous gallery of Riekje Swart in Amsterdam. In 1986 he surprised the world by exploring a genre which at that time was frowned on: en plein air painting. In the meantime, this group of works has found a permanent place in his oeuvre and has led him to discover a virtuosity as colourist that also distinguishes his mature, themed works. The two of them – his themed works and his landscapes – alternate without more ado in Angermann’s work, and it is this liaison that makes Angermann so unique in today’s art scene. Parallel to this, Peter Angermann has also passed his artistic experience on to a new generation of artists by professorships at several Academies of Arts in Germany. In 2013 Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld organized a large exhibition about the work of Peter Angermann ‘Licht am Horizont’, accompanied by an extensive retrospective catalogue with the same title.

Almost thirty years ago Angermann made his home one hour’s car drive away from Nuremberg, in Thurndorf, where, far removed from the turmoil of the art business, he continues to dedicate himself enthusiastically to the medium that holds every possibility of artistic development open to him: painting


Sigrid Calon

October 9 - December 4, 2022

opening Sunday October 9, 16.00 hrs

The work of Sigrid Calon navigates between autonomous and applied art. As an artist she has set her own goalposts somewhere between design, graphic design and autonomous art. Characteristic for Calon are intuition, ratio and playfulness. She is searching for wonder and gets inspiration out of the everyday things that surround her. Her work appears fresh, new and modernistic.

Sigrid Calon was born in Den Bosch, raised in Eindhoven and lives and works in Tilburg, where she studied at the Academy of Fine Arts. In search of the quality and control of an autonomous image, she developed a unique point of view and personal signature in the following years.
Calon feels connected to the original aesthetics of Dutch Design: minimalistic, experimental, innovative, unconventional and with a sense of humour. Getting acquainted with the work of Mondriaan during her school years, too, has been of great influence in her way of working.

As an autonomous artist she follows her curious mind, experimenting with materials and printing techniques while exploring the DNA of her own visual language. A milestone of this journey was her fateful encounter with the Risograph. Legend has it that from the very first moment, she couldn’t get her hands off this machine.

Her first book 'To the Extend of / \ | & –' made with the Risograph in 2012 constisted of 120 'compositions’, in which she was seeking a balance between colour, shape and clarity. Calon is looking for the essence and is developing an own and recognisable style, a visual language, in which she plays with shape and colour within the grid or framework. In this way, she investigates the possibilities of ‘intuitive communication’.
Although the book is an autonomous work, Calon has seen it as a research project. An exploration into a new visual realm expressing the world through her own eyes. In recent years she has been able to investigate whether to use this visual language in other ways, on different scales, on different materials, in different media.

This year (2022) Calon had a 3 month residency at the European Ceramic Workcentre in Oisterwijk in the Netherlands to experiment with ceramics and right after that to Japan for a Arita residency to work with porcelain. Galerie VIVID is proud to present the surprising results of this intensive journey.

Textiellab Textielmuseum in Tilburg (NL)
Creative Residency Arita, Japan
EKWC Oisterwijk (NL)


Art Cologne

stand D-40

November 16 - 20, 2022


Peter Angermann
Erich Dieckmann
Marcel Broodthaers
Bob Bonies

Gerrit Rietveld
Esther Tielemans
Man Ray
Vladimir & Georgii Stenberg
Bram Vanderbeke
Christie van der Haak
Laurens Stok

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