Victor Man – Zephir
The “Artist of the Year” at the Haus der Kunst in Munich

Victor Man is considered to be one of the most important innovators in contemporary painting. His images, for the most part hued in tones of black, gray, and green, lure the viewer into a mysterious world that merges the mundane and fantastic, myth and fetish, the male and the female, man and beast. This magical image cosmos includes portraits and still lifes as well as beautiful, occult-like and even erotic subjects. This spring Deutsche Bank KunstHalle presented an extensive exhibition of the 1974-born Romanian artist’s work. Following its premiere in Berlin, the exhibition of Deutsche Bank's "Artist of the Year" 2014 made a guest appearance at the Zachęta National Gallery in Warsaw. Now, Zephir can be seen at the Haus der Kunst in Munich.

In Victor Man’s oeuvre, autobiographical elements blend with references to literature and art history – from Joyce and Bataille to the masters of the Renaissance, but also de Chirico and Balthus. His dark, for the most part small-sized paintings skillfully resist a quick reception. One has to take a closer look to properly absorb them. The images call murky landscapes of the soul to mind, and they address existential themes—longing, desire, loneliness, and death. Victor Man’s painterly cosmos might seem mysterious and obscure, but in a strange way, it is extremely seductive.

Parallel to Victor Man, the Haus der Kunst is also showing The Present Moment, a site-specific commissioned work by Anri Sala. An entire floor in the Deutsche Bank Towers is dedicated to the Albanian artist’s work. His sound and video installation sends the musical tones of Arnold Schoenberg’s string sextet Transfigured Night wandering through the 8,000-square-foot middle hall of the museum. In The Present Moment, Sala continues his exploration of the relationship between musical compositions and the architecture of exhibition spaces, as he recently did in the French Pavilion of the 2013 Venice Biennale.

Victor Man – Zephir
10/24/14 – 1/11/15

Anri Sala
The Present Moment (in D)

10/18/14 – 9/20/15

Haus der Kunst, Munich