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Background Information about Harald Klemm
Harald Klemm is a diverse artist. As a photographer, filmmaker, and painter, he combines impressions, motives, and themes through his typically fantastical form of story telling.
In his paintings he celebrates the mood and colors of summer, glowing richly in the sunlight. These emerge as loaded atmospheric scenery, with his characteristic summer homes embedded in dense vegetation. Based on the perfect syntheses of photographic realism and artistic gesture, his scenes transform into vividly colored idylls through the use of unconventional fine points or shimmering textures and latticing.
On wood or canvas, with intensely pigmented acrylic colors, he relies on luminous expression to stylize ideal landscapes. Klemm seems to carry us off to a paradise of secret, hard-to-get-to-hideaways. His houses and scenes depict familiar comforts, such as wide park-landscapes blooming with intense color.
Above all, his pictures represent ideals. They awaken the longing in us to withdraw from the turmoil of a hectic life in the city. The light reinforces the elements and natural silhouettes with rich contrasts of color, partially optically merging the fore and background, but also contrasting them, as they float slightly apart.
The simple wooden structures, small, inviting “summer homes” and the boat houses sitting partially in the reeds exude a magical atmosphere. Klemm’s titles, such as “Red Paradise House” or “Summer Side Park” fuel excitement for a little holiday adventure.
His vivid color scale – reminiscent of a glowing, red sunset – evokes magical moments, creating an illusionary perception. Harald Klemm serves our longing for a special place, the glimmer of which draws our gaze and plunges us into nature. His techniques, however, are not primarily pointillist: rather than dissolve elements with an extreme blend of color, he enhances their long-distance effect. Even in a small format, he virtuously masters the optic of a dense atmospheric space, expanding the meticulous views as if presented on stage.
|1960||Born in Mönchnengladbach, Germany|
|Since 1989||Lives and works in Collogne and Berlin|
|Kölnisches Stadtmuseum, Collogne, Germany|
|Kunstsammlungen zu Weimar, Weimar, Germany|
|Museen und Galerien der Stadt Schweinfurt, Schweinfurt, Germany|
|2011||Wald und Wiesen, Raab Galerie, Berlin, Germany|
|Schönheit ist Erinnerung II, Galerie Raab, Berlin, Germany|
|2009||Schönheit ist Erinnerung I, Galerie Raab, Berlin, Germany|
|2006||Inside Out, Galerie Raab, Berlin, Germany|
|2005||Double-Check, Skala Galerie, Collogne, Germany|
|2001||WATER – Neue Arbeiten, Skala Galerie, Collogne, Germany|
|1999||TARGET – Neue Arbeiten, Skala Galerie, Collogne, Germany|
|2011||von 0 auf 100 - Das Auto in der jungen Kunst, Neue Kunst Gallery, Karlsruhe, Germany|
|Künstler für die HALLE ZEHN, Halle Zehn, Cap Cologne e.V., Collogne, Germany|
|Der Nachmittag überquert den Flur, Raab Galerie, Berlin, Germany|
|2010||Wir sind das CAPital, CAP-Cologne im Künstlerforum Bonn, Bonn, Germany|
|ART MEETS MEDIA, Gallery ART CARGO, Athens, Greece|
|Stadt, Land, Mensch…, Kunsthaus Schill, Stuttgart, Germany|
|Me, Myself and I, Galerie Raab, Berlin, Germany|
|2009||Nature, Museum of Contemporary Art, Beijing, China|
|Chute du Mur: 20 ans (with Thoms Baumgärtel), Maison de Rhénanie-Palatinat, Dijon, Frankreich|
|20 Jahre Deutsche Einheit 1989-2009, Kunsthalle Schweinfurt, Germany|
|Mixed Media on Paper, Galerie Raab, Berlin, Germany|
|2008||Die vergessenen Europäer, Stadtmuseum Köln, Collogne, Germany|
|Zwei mal Zehn in Halle 10, Halle Zehn. Cap Cologne e.V., Collogne, Germany|
|2007||Aenne Burda Charity – Künstler helfen, Offenburg, Germany|
|Language / Environment, Museum of Contemporary Art, Beijing, China|
|Romeo und Julia, Galerie Raab, Berlin, Germany|
|Deutsche Einheit (with Thomas Baumgärtel), Museen der Stadt Schweinfurt, Schweinfurt, Germany|
|Tischgesellschaften, Galerie Raab, Berlin, Germany|