Group Show "Posada I: Arte sin Dogma - Art without Dogma"
Selection of paintings, engravings, drawings, assemblages and sculptures
by artists from the Mexican Californias

December 02, 2004 thru January 18, 2005

Exhibition Views
Artists: Aníbal Angulo, Oswaldo Barahona, Mely Barragán, Alvaro Blancarte, Jaime Delfín, Maximiliano Lizárraga, Salvador Silvestre Lucero, Tomás Meraz, Julio Orozco, José Pastor, Eduardo Rojas, Daniel Ruanova, José Hugo Sánchez, Raúl Virgen.

"La Posada I: Arte sin Dogma - Art without Dogma"

The Galería H&H celebrates with the group show "La Posada I: Art without Dogma" the first anniversary of its existence. As the title already says it is the first "Posada", followed by others every year on the first Thursday of December. This year the exhibition is devoted to our best friend and the best friend one can have in this world, Albin Hänseroth, who died on September 9, 2004. Till his death he was the artistic director of the Kölner Philharmonie, which since 1986 has become one of Europe's most renowned concert halls. Before he was the artistic director of the Hamburg State Opera and the Gran Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona, Spain, Europe's biggest opera house. In his capacity as artistic director of the Kölner Philharmonie, Albin Hänseroth once said: "I would like people to accept that there are many different types of music and that no one has the right to be arbiters of our taste. Tolerance, and not provocation, is my dream".

Following this principle Galería H&H would also like to show within the modest scope of its possibilities the diversity that the visual arts can offer. Neither are we aiming at presenting mainstream articulations of art, nor is it our interest to show supposedly avant-garde for the sake of being avant-garde. Certainly something new as well as new points of view can be experienced as a provocation. And that is very well acceptable if it broadens our own views and perspectives. The art dealer in his role as a curator has the obligation to function as a facilitator of new trends in order to make the approach towards those new trends easier for a broader public than just a small group of insider elitists. But he also should defend tendencies that are worth being preserved against trendy currents and just by doing so he may well pave the way for something new. All this can only be achieved through a continuous dialogue, based on an open and transparent way of looking at things. The dogma narrows our views and makes us blind: the artist, the curator and the public. It makes us blind to the extreme that we do not even realize the absurdity of its triviality. And nothing is trivial enough that it could not be made into a dogma. But tolerance, as Albin Hänseroth understood it, and as we also want it to be understood, does in no way mean capriciousness and "everything goes". Because tolerance without adherence to one's principles makes us equally blind like the dogma itself: if too much may be valid, the individual aspect dilutes, and we drown in the mainstream even if we have labeled it "avant-garde". But once again: the necessary restriction should not result in dogmatic limitation. It must be based on concepts and criteria which are transparent and understood as agreements, which through a dialogue can be revised at any time.

The works presented in our exhibition range, only to mention some of them, from the expressive watercolor paintings of Tomás Meraz and the "classical" abstract paintings of Maximiliano Lizárraga and Oswaldo Barahona, both disciples of Alvaro Blancarte, to Mely Barragán, Julio Orozco and Daniel Ruanova whose paintings and assemblages cover the area of "young art". Alvaro Blancarte himself presents in this group show a figurative work, that reminds us of Hieronymos Bosch as well as of Tomi Ungerer. Our affinity to graphic art is reflected in the works by José Hugo Sánchez. Let us start the dialogue now.

Petra & Jens Herrmann


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