Monica Studer/Christoph van den Berg
Art Edition, inkjet print
The diversity of Albert Oehlen’s oeuvre is due, on the one hand, to the multimedia orientation of his work and, on the other, to his aim of exploring and challenging the bounds of painting. Oehlen tirelessly questions traditional pictorial methods, materials, styles, and conventions and confronts them with one another. The medium must be subjected to the greatest possible strain, he once remarked, for true beauty to emerge. Oehlen thereby produces provocative but humorous pictures that express great freedom and joie de vivre.