A few weeks ago, we were invited to the vernissage of a young Swiss painter, Gilles Rotzetter. His latest exhibition takes place in the Museum zu Allerheiligen in Schaffhausen, a lovely medieval town located in the Swiss German part of Switzerland. You can also admire the Rhine Falls there, the largest waterfall in Europe.
We entered the museum building and made our way upstairs, where the “Crossing Fire” exhibition is being held. My first impression was surprise at the numbers of paintings on display, distributed over three different, large rooms: fifty vibrant and amazing artworks were awaiting the visitors. This is the artist’s biggest display to date, and he can be incredibly proud of the work he achieved.
Gilles allows us to enter his very personal universe and busy mind through explosion of colours and bizarre tales. Machines cross path with nature, fantasy creatures meet animals, every single canvas has its own story to tell, and it is up to you to interpret what your eyes see.
I particularly fell in love with the “Swamp Thing Riot Day”, which I found so powerful. Sadly, on being told that the measurements were 2.3 m x 1.7 m, I realised that living in a penthouse flat under the eaves meant that it would fit nowhere…
We left after the reception still feeling in another world. And after our colourful journey, the sunny day and prettiness around us outside suddenly seemed rather dull.
© Gilles Rotzetter – 2012
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