ALF BACHMANN ALF LECHNER
HIMMEL WASSER STAHL
The Lechner Museum is delighted to premiere early pastels and oil-paintings by the sculptor Alf Lechner (1925 - 2017) and works of his teacher, the navy- and landscape-painter Alf Bachmann (1863 - 1956) in a new juxtaposition. Bachmann taught Lechner the art of landscape painting, the engagement with the interaction of the elements. This laid the foundation for Lechner's path to abstract steel sculpture.
Alf Bachmann, born close to Danzig in 1863, is famous for the depiction of coastlines and seascapes, for his compositions of water, clouds and light. He managed to capture volatile moments of nature in its essence and to condense them atmospherically in pastel and oil.
"The infinity of untouched nature captivates me" wrote Bachmann himself. It was him, who discovered the talent of Lechner early and showed the school-boy the path to fine art. Lechner remained faithful and connected to his teacher for all of his life in the shared fascination of the elements of nature. They inspired his work with the material steel. He conquered steel with fire and water, exposed it again to the elements of nature and created new landscapes. You will experience this fascination also in Lechner's last installation work Labyrinth (2007-2017). The majority of the works by Alf Bachmann, kindly on loan from the collection of the Landesmuseum Schleswig, Schloss Gottorf and the Alf Lechner Foundation will be exhibited publicly for the very first time.
ALF LECHNER | BEGINNING AND NO END
MAY 18TH 2017 - JANUARY 28TH, 2018