• Exhibition view, Heinz Egger

Heinz Egger. My Noiseless Gear

Every morning, when Heinz Egger (born 1937) enters his studio, he turns to his diary. He stamps the date and jots down a few impressions in pencil. They can be notes about the weather or how he is feeling on that particular day, even quotations, thoughts and observations. A pencil or charcoal drawing, a sketch in brush, is added. Heinz Egger’s diaries serve as a cosmos of his past and world of thought as well as a repository for the present and future.

The long row of these 24 volumes from the past years (1989–2012) is accompanied by current oil paintings and intaglios that enable the viewer to gain an impression of Egger’s pictorial world that, while quiet, never leaves him cold. Egger’s landscapes and spaces cannot, for the most part, be comprehended at single glance. One must immerse oneself in the tranquil areas of color and brushstrokes in order to gradually recognize a potential representation – some things remain open-ended, impossible to be precisely deciphered. But dramatic things can by all means emerge from out of the calm while looking at them.

Heinz Egger. My Noiseless Gear

A well-composed selection of works by the Bern artist Heinz Egger in the cabinet: New paintings and insights into his printed oeuvre are combined with the first ever presentation of all the artist’s original diaries dating from the past 24 years.