Eberhard Havekost: Laub, 2007, Öl auf Leinwand

Eberhard Havekost

MAP Collection

Eberhard Havekost, born in Dresden in 1967, is the shooting star of the young German painting scene. His works are found in the collections of international museums like the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Tate Modern in London. The MdM SALZBURG is the first museum in Austria to offer visitors insights into the artist‘s outstanding, multifaceted work of the past 15 years with about 30 selected works from the MAP Collection, which is on permanent loan to the museum. Havekost‘s works primarily deal with surface structures and impress with their smooth, matter-of-fact and distanced style. His works reflect the medialized world and its fragmentary images of a filtered reality, with the possibilities of computer-generated image processing further adding to this process of alienation. For his works, Havekost uses photographs of objects, landscapes and persons, processes them on the computer and finally re-converts them into paintings. By subtly reducing forms and details and dissolving them into surfaces and colour fields, he detaches his motifs from reality, without abandoning reality completely. Havekost‘s point of view and his technique lend seemingly casual motifs like pictures of single-family houses, tree trunks or car wrecks an unmistakably aesthetic, yet disconcerting quality.

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