March 30th 2023 - October 1st 2023
The Samurai Museum Berlin and its cooperation partner Bermel von Luxburg Gallery are delighted to present the solo show of the leading Italian abstract artist Robert Pan in dialogue with selected Japanese lacquer artefacts.
Robert Pan is an artist who has “colour in his veins”. Use, juxtaposition and mixing of colours are innate to him. In his paintings and sculptures, Robert Pan creates universes, galaxies and time-spaces that make us dream. As in all universes, his creation begins with an atom. The desire to mix colours, the selection of pigments, and the accumulation of successive layers of colour is the creation of a planet and a cosmic space. The artist chooses colour pigments, precious materials like mother-of-pearl, gold or silver dust and fuses these materials with resin like an alchemist, thus creating a new physical unity and reality. His works are the result of long and laborious experiments. Pan has found his new language in abstract painting. Repetition and seriality, as in the avant-garde of the early 20th century – from the impressionists to minimalist and conceptual art – become characteristic features of many art movements with different objectives. When we talk about seriality (conceptual or concrete), we are talking about the presence of repetitions within a scheme of a work. The series differ as to their cycles: everything has a beginning and an end. Series are an expression of their content; they go through infinite theoretical variations. All formal and substantive decisions of the artist are expressions of individuality and universality.
The exhibition invites you to a visual firework display: Dream images and surreal landscapes as a hymn of the odyssey into the unknown.
Robert Pan was born in 1969 in Bolzano. He studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Urbino. Lived and worked in London and New York for several years and has been working in Bolzano and Miami (USA) since 2013. Since the early 1990s, Robert Pan has participated in several solo and group exhibitions at important cultural institutions, collections and museums: Musei di Stato, Repubblica di San Marino (SMR); Museum Obermünster, Regensburg (D); Palazzo Collicola Arti Visive, Spoleto (I); Museumsquartier, Vienna (A); Palazzo dei Mercanti, Venezia (I); 54th Biennale di Venezia, Padiglione Italia, Palazzo Trentini, Trento (I); ARCOS, Museo d’ Arte Contemporanea del Sannio, Benevento (I); Künstlerhaus, Vienna (A); Mango Collection, Barcelona (E); Fendi Art Collection (I); Università Bocconi, Milano (I); Fondazione Benetton, Treviso (I); Phoenix Art Collection, Falckenberg, Hamburg (D); Kambly Art Collection, Trubschachen (CH); Palazzo Ducale, Urbino (I); Künstlerhaus, Klagenfurt (A).