Patrice Bäumel's Art Chart

Patrice Bäumel's Art Chart

04-01-2014 | 13.09

As a Resident of the Month I would like to share my favorite sources of inspiration during this month. Art is a great source of inspiration and it helps me to break open those set ways of thinking and see things from a fresh angle. I am personally most drawn towards contemporary art, so my art charts will not include any of the old masters.

Top 8 favourite artists in no particular order

Gerhard Richter
I always have one of his catalogues lying around in my studio. His blur paintings are pure eye candy but I'm most drawn to his abstract paintings, for which he uses random methods to create something totally unpredictable and free-spirited. The excellent documentary "Painting" explains how: 

Julio Le Parc
Le Parc's light sculptures live in that perfect sweet spot where art and science intersect. A playground for grown-ups.

Sally Mann
Photography doesn't get much more raw than this. Using very old photographic methods Sally Mann introduces beautiful accidental or intentional imperfections into her pictures. Her photo series of decaying corpses shows death in a strangely beautiful light.

Francis Bacon
Bacon was a fascinating, eccentric madman living a life of extremes, a man possessed by the dark forces. His paintings capture that same uncontrollable power and abstract genius. 

Olafur Eliasson
Installation artist who draws much of his inspiration from nature. His "Weather Project" at Tate Modern was the most impressive piece of art I have ever seen. Like walking on the moon.

Anselm Kiefer
Rust, dirt, glass shards, twigs, chalk, lead...Kiefer's art has this beautiful post-apocalyptic feel to it. He bought a large estate in France and turned it into a huge open-air installation. Watch the documentary "Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow" and get your mind blown.

Pablo Picasso
What amazes me about Picasso is his ability to reinvent himself and art itself over and over again. Seeing his paintings in chronological order is fascinating, the creative quantum leaps he experienced during the period between 1907 and 1912 - the birth of cubism and with it an exciting abstract form language. 

Hermann Nitsch
Austrian artist who performs elaborate and tightly choreographed, lengthy rituals involving props such as animal carcasses and blood. Archaic, brutal and strangely life-affirming.

Top 10 Favourite Museums

1. Louisiana (near Copenhagen, Denmark)
Breathtaking, tranquil seaside location 30 minutes north of Copenhagen, superb collection and a wonderful restaurant buffet!

2. Dia:Beacon (upstate New York, US)
A leisurely 70min train ride north from NYC along the Hudson river. Massive warehouse location with an expansive collection of a-list contemporary artists. No crowds! Great half-day trip to escape the Manhattan hustle and bustle.

3. Moderna Museet (Stockholm, Sweden)
Classy, understated, great permanent collection.

4. Ludwig Museum (Cologne, Germany)
Conveniently located next to the Cologne train station. German artists like Gerhard Richter are well-represented.

5. Gemeentemuseum (The Hague, NL)
The beautiful art deco building alone is worth the price of admission. Plenty of Mondriaans. The room with the Bruce Nauman installation and the Francis Bacon paintings is a treat. Love this place.

6. Hamburger Bahnhof (Berlin, Germany)
Massive complex with changing exhibitions, always good. 

7. Tate Modern (London, UK)
Gigantic structure, the Turbine Hall looks like it's built for giants.

8. Mori Museum (Tokyo, Japan)
The best panoramic view across Tokyo.

9. Palais de Tokyo (Paris, France)
One of the coolest hangouts in Paris. Don't forget to take your picture in the photo booth. 

10. Hara Museum (Tokyo, Japan)
This small museum is a hidden gem. Beautiful building, well curated collection and the best gift shop I've been to.

Text: Patrice Bäumel