OffYourColorChart: Deutsche Bank Presents
Christian Awe at Nextower As Part of “Pret A Diner”

While Christian Awe’s abstract paintings look as though they were created spontaneously, the opposite is actually the case: Awe composes his works down to the last detail. Now they are on view in Frankfurt, in the exhibition OffYourColorChart, presented by Deutsche Bank. The show is on view within the framework of “Pret A Diner”.  The culinary event series initiated by star caterer KP Kofler is being staged for the third time in the Nextower high-rise building in the heart of the city.

“The canvas is an arena in which to act,” wrote the art historian Harold Rosenberg about the representatives of Action Painting. Like Jackson Pollock, Christian Awe is also concerned with energy, rhythm, and the dynamization of pictorial space in his abstract paintings imbued with radiant streams of color. Coming from Graffiti Art and taught by Georg Baselitz and Daniel Richter, the artist (who was born in 1978) continually finds new ways of expanding the borders of painting in his large-format paintings and comprehensive projects in the public sphere. Recently he attracted a great deal of attention in Berlin with  Adanzé, a 160 square meter mural he conceived for a façade on Hauptstraße in Schöneberg. Adanzé means “a cordial welcome” in many West African languages. He got inspiration for the colors he used in the painting during a trip through Burkina Faso in West Africa.

With Awe, “the arena of painting” always has a social dimension. His works reflect a democratic understanding of art that opposes ostracism, racism, and intolerance – a kind of art, in Awe’s words, “that is accessible to everyone via the same path.” At the same time, the artist is involved in concrete social projects. In Burkina Faso, he supports an important water project and the construction of a school. The building for first to sixth graders is already finished. Awe is currently collecting further donations for an extension for 7th to 10th graders. Some of that amount is to be garnered from a limited edition consisting of parts of the mural Adanzé that is being presented on the occasion of the exhibition at Nextower.

In Frankfurt, Awe will carry out two workshops in cooperation with “Engagement im Gallus,” an initiative launched by Deutsche Bank, Linklaters, and the the Mehrgenerationenhaus Frankfurt. One workshop was conceived expressly for young, unaccompanied refugees from the association vae e.V. and students at the Paul-Hindemith school. The second is geared to young women with a migration background and their children.

“We offer contemporary artists such as Christian Awe a forum to present their works to a wide public and thus offer many people inspiring encounters with contemporary art,” says Friedhelm Hütte, Global Head of Art of Deutsche Bank, explaining the financial institution’s involvement.

Christian Awe: OffYourColorChart
Nextower, 24th floor
Thurn-und-Taxis-Platz 6
60313 Frankfurt am Main

Thurs September 10 – September 27, 2015

Opening hours
Free on the Saturdays 9/12 / 9/19 / 9/26 from 12 noon to 5.30 p.m.
and by arrangement at info@christianawe.com

Public guided tours
Monday 9/14 / Monday 9/21, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m
free by registering at: mailbox.kunst@db.com

Also within the framework of “Pret A Diner” after prior reservation under Pret A Diner/Tickets