Laying bare the most subtle vibrations, the watercolours of Joachim Bandau achieve a finely-tuned balance between material fidelity and performative action. Working meticulously within a series of self-prescribed limitations, each watercolour is developed over a long durational period, by precisely and methodically moving thin pigment washes over dense hand-made paper. Soft waterlines emerge during the slow drying of each controlled gestural layer, bringing forth a softly saturated picture plane hovering between image and echo.
Joachim Bandau was born in Cologne in 1936. He belongs to an important group of German artists, together with Gerhard Richter, Joseph Beuys, and Imi Knoebel, who came out of the Kunstakademie Dusseldorf in 1961. In 1966, he was among the founders of the artist group K66. In 1977, he exhibited at Documenta 6 in Kassel and in 1986 he received the Will Grohmann Award from the Berlin Academy of Arts. Joachim Bandau has had numerous solo exhibitions, including shows at the Museum Ludwig (Cologne), Neues Museum (Nurnberg), M HKA (Antwerp), SculptureCenter (New York), Hamburger Bahnhof (Berlin), Haus der Kunst (Munich), Städtische Kunsthalle (Mannheim), Fine Art Museum (Budapest), De Young Museum (San Francisco), Palais des Beaux-Arts (Brussels). Bandau’s work is held in many important public collections, including Centre Pompidou Museum (Paris), Kunstmuseum (Basel), Staatliche Kunstsammlungen (Dresden) and Museum Ludwig (Cologne).