The Münsingen painter Michael Eckle used to paint large, ultramarine-colored pictures.
In his new installation “Future” he uses bright neon colors.
- In the middle of the lockdown came the bad news: The painter Michael Eckle, known for his large-format, ultramarine blue pictures, had to get out of his traditional studio in the Wolfratshausen industrial park. What now? Where to get new rooms from? What to do with the pictures “I had no choice but to wait and see what happens,” recalls the 70-year-old Eckle. And then came “the lucky coincidence”, as the artist calls it. The so-called everything-will-be-alright principle. He was able to move into a new studio in the immediate vicinity of his home in Münsing. Now the artist has created an installation in the new rooms.
It bangs in his studio. It lights up as if someone had switched on the disco light. After 17 years of monochrome blue, contrasting colors such as neon pink, yellow and orange have now found their way into his compositions. "Future" is what the artist calls his studio exhibition, which runs until the end of the year. At a meeting in his studio, the now 70-year-old painter, who studied at the academies of fine arts in Vienna and Munich, becomes very personal. "Gabriele" is the name of a wall-sized picture in classic painting from 1977 that can only be seen in his art catalog. A young woman is standing in the evening light on a summer meadow. Your dress is blowing in the wind. It's his sister. Michael Eckle painted for two years. In the last week before the end of the picture, his sister was killed in a motorcycle accident.Since then, the artist has only painted non-representationally or completely monochrome.
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Eckle doesn't make a mess.
It is brimming with neon colors, which have an enormous radiance.
He uses special, high-priced paints.
He puts stripes in the deep blue or stages wild and unsteady compositions.
The room installation hanging in Petersburg, that is, picture after picture up to the ceiling, is intended to express what he thinks and feels: Inaction, says the artist, is the worst adviser.
For him, art plays a decisive role in shaping the future.
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The 70-year-old teaches art at the Biberkor Montessori school in Berg (Starnberg district) and regularly goes on excursions with his students.
Just recently they were at the Venice Biennale.
Bringing young people closer to art and culture is also an important part of shaping the future for the artist.
Michael Eckle is known in the Münsing lake community.
When the artist is standing at his studio door on Bachstrasse again, the children say to him as they come by: "Servus, Mr. painter."
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