David Lynch: Fire on Stage

13. 04. 2018 - 29. 07. 2018
David Lynch: Fire on Stage, 2008, (lithography, 66 x 89 cm). Curtesy: Item Editions.

In April, we are preparing the first presentation of the American director, screenwriter, photographer, painter, musician and printmaker David Lynch in Slovenia. Lynch gained cult status as a filmmaker, but it is less known that his path to film bypassed painting, which he studied in the 1960s. Later, during the various fertile periods of his career, he dedicated his attention to visual art in greater and lesser extents. In 2007, when he visited the distinguished Item printing studio in Paris, which had in the past collaborated with artists such as Picasso, Matisse, Miró and Dubuffet, he became enchanted by the technique of lithography and drawing directly onto the lithographic stone. The seventy lithographs presented in the Ljubljana show were created through his experimentation with the expressive quality of the graphic medium. The presentation is rounded off with the images from private collections, watercolors and a selection of experimental and animated films from the beginning of the 1970s to the present. With the interweaving of an expressive, grotesque and direct address that overflows through his entire spectrum of art, a Lynchian atmosphere is conjured up, which will be pursued by award-winning scenographer Branko Hojnik in the set-up of the exhibition.