The Rebirth Of Rudolf Stingel

by Madison Nagle

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With the commencement of Art Basel’s 50th edition comes the simultaneous renaissance of Rudolf Stingel, the contemporary painter born in Merano, Italy in 1956. Both buyers and art connoisseurs alike will have the incredible opportunity to travel to Basel and witness an exceptional selection of modern and contemporary art. Put together by Switzerland’s most visited art museum, the summer exhibition is dedicated to none other than Stingel himself. 

The first museum show in Europe hosted by Fondation Beyeler will present a selection of Stingel’s major and world renowned historical works alongside brand new works created specifically for the exhibition. This career-spanning selection offers a comprehensive gestalt of Stingel’s work and heightens his repute as he spans the walls alongside Picasso’s Blue and Rose Periods.

Sam Keller, the Managing Director of The Fondation Beyeler, believes that Stingel is in the height of his career. “Today there is a whole different game for artists to get accepted as a really serious and important artist. Even though he’s been around for a while, people are starting to realize he wasn’t just the flavor of the season or an artist of just one generation and that he is actually capable of reaching the next generation with his work,” Keller said. 

Stingel’s solo exhibition at Basal, which is known for being the epicenter of wealth and buying power in the art world, affirms his undoubtable talent and that he is on his way to reaching a global following. 

Jeremy Larner, a private art dealer and president of New York based JKL Worldwide believes that “While rebirth may be a strong word at times, it's incredibly apt for this scenario. Stingel's works have long been praised by certain audiences in the contemporary art world but his market has never had as big of an uptick in exposure as it is having now. Having global audiences visit and appreciate his practice like never before as well as a rise in his secondary market are what's contributing to this renaissance of sorts we are seeing for him.”

Larner rented a private viewing room at a warehouse in Switzerland to showcase four paintings by Rudolf Stingel. As his work has become increasingly more popular, many major collectors have begun to look deeper into opportunities to acquisition his work. 

“I believe Stingel's audience has been elevated into a more serious sphere within the art market. Academic and institutional attention is a tell-tell sign of an artist's right to art historical prominence and this is a classic example of that. The concurrent solo exhibition of Stingel's works on view at Foundation Beyeler in addition to Rudolf's longstanding blue chip gallery representation, has cemented his position as an artist to recognize and monitor,” Larner said.