THE ROTUNDA APPEARS AS THE IDEAL LOCATION FOR SCHULZE'S WORK "PEA ROADS", WHICH OSCILLATES BETWEEN INSIDE AND OUTSIDE WITH ITS WINDOW VISTAS AND INTERIORS.
ANDREAS SCHULZE. PEA ROAD
Tables, chairs, wing-backs, pot plants, porcelain, colorful blankets, half-timbered-house beams, buttons, and peas – these are, alongside amorphous and spiral-shaped forms, the protagonists of Andreas Schulze’s deserted, unreal pictorial worlds. Born in Hanover in 1955, Andreas Schulze ranks among his generation’s most interesting and original artists. Though his paintings from the 1980s on may often comprise things known or even familiar to us, their combination and the artist’s manner of painting deprive the objects of their conventional function to such a degree that they come to lead a life of their own, recurring as bizarre, surreal elements in the painter’s pictures ever so often. The room-spanning temporary wall painting “Pea Roads”, which Schulze specially develops for the Rotunda of the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, extends across both floors of the building. The Rotunda appears as the ideal location for Schulze’s work, which oscillates between inside and outside with its window vistas and interiors. The peas lending the work its title become a structural element in Schulze’s large-format work. Positioned against an abstract background, they form multi-lane roads, that glow in the dark, leading from one floor to the other. With the exhibition “Pea Roads”, the Schirn presents Andreas Schulze, who is highly appreciated as an artist by colleagues and insiders, to a wider public in the freely accessible Rotunda.