This richly illustrated catalogue features the works by Arthur Unger on display in the exhibition in addition to three new texts by the curator of the show Lis Hausemer, the head of the Lëtzebuerger Konschtarchiv Jamie Armstrong and the art historian Juliette Evezard. Together, they shed light on Unger’s extraordinary career and his unique artistic practice.
The visual universe of Luxembourgish artist Arthur Unger (*1932) draws on the two opposing elements of fire and water. Over the course of his career, Unger explored two techniques in particular, namely ink wash paintings – which he often refers to as psychograms – and the pyrochemogram technique on electrolytic copper.
Deeply concerned with materiality, the artist describes himself as a “peintre de la matière”, paying as much attention to the medium as he does to the message of his works. Thus, form and content come together in highly expressive works, a selection of which is on display in the exhibition The Alchemist. Selected works by Arthur Unger.