Renéè Levi / Dino Zrnec
Renée Levi’s work has an urgency that is reflected in the speed of her mark-making, and it’s effectiveness at completely transforming the scale of a room in what seems like a matter of seconds. This work is anti-representation to a large degree, autonomy is the ultimate goal of Renée Levi’s work; something standing by and for itself, this need expressed and underscored in vivid, unmixed color and materials.
Dino Zrnec’s spatial interventions make a similar attempt to undermine the hierarchy of painting, on canvas, on support, on wall, in room, via a mise en scène that finds representational value in all material surrounding and including his artworks. His urgency is located in a careful optimization of these circumstances within which he turns technical mistakes into a gestural toolbox.
Renée Levi (b. 1960, Istanbul) lives and works in Basel, Switzerland.
She had solo exhibitions at The Swiss Institute New York (1997), Kunsthalle Basel (1999), Mamco Musée d'art moderne et contemporain Genève (2000), Museum Folkwang Essen (2003), Kunsthaus Graz (2005), Kunstmuseum Thun (2008), Le Crédac, Centre d’Art Contemporain d’Ivry/Paris (2011) among others; group exhibitons include Kunstverein Munich (2015), Galerie Freymond-Guth Fine Arts Basel (2017). Upcoming: Museum Langmatt Baden (2019).
Awards: Swiss Prize for graphic print (2018), Prize Meret Oppenheim, BAK Bundesamt für Kultur (2002), Manor Art Prize (1997), Prize of Vordemberge-Gildewart Foundation (1995), Prize of Basler Kunstvereins (1990).
Renée Levi works in close cooperation with Marcel Schmid.
Dino Zrnec (b. 1983, Zagreb) has exhibited previously with VIN VIN, in Vienna and at MiArt, Milan. He studied in Zagreb and Vienna and had solo exhibitions at Kunsthaus Graz Project Space (2014), Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb (2016), and he was awarded with the 2015 edition of Radoslav Putar Award dedicated to young Croatian artists.