Exhibitions in the showroom (selection)


25 November 2023-28 January 2024

Showroom Studio Aatifi, Ravensberger Straße 47, Bielefeld, Germany

Opening: Sat., 25/Sun., 26 November 2023, 12–6 p.m.

Photo: Studio Aatifi

In the winter months, the Bielefeld artist Aatifi once again focuses on bright, intense colours. The exhibition is thus characterised by works with great radiance, including fresh ink drawings with metal in the format 100 by 150 centimetres on 640 gram French laid paper. The current exhibition in the ground-floor showroom comprises around two dozen works on canvas and paper in large, medium and small formats.
Six large and medium-format prints on handmade paper in shades of purple and blue in silver aluminium and wood frames are exhibited at the major international art fair Art Miami in Florida from 5 to 10 December 2023. The artist is also integrating some of these expressive large formats on French laid paper into his Bielefeld exhibition. Here, the ink drawings with expressive colour spills on around 90 square metres correspond with expansive paintings and figurative 'Aatigraphies' from the 'Small Mysteries' series - new portraits in the form of unique graphic works that combine various (printing) techniques on one sheet. A documentary film about his work will also be shown.

Verve 4  I  100 x 150 cm  I  Ink on laid paper 640g  I  Aatifi 2023 (left)

Verve 2  I  75 x 90 cm  I  Ink on laid paper 640g  I  Aatifi 2023 (right)

Aatifi – Licht und Formen

22 April–21 May 2023

Showroom Studio Aatifi, Ravensberger Straße 47, Bielefeld, Germany

Opening: Sat., 22/Sun., 23 April 2023, 12–6 p.m.

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Aesthetics, intense colouring and vivid lines unite all of Aatifi’s works. Mysterious shapes and lines and often expansive compositions characterise the abstract-scriptural works on canvas and paper, including untitled paintings from the recent past or ink drawings in bright violet and pink gradations with expressive elements from the new 2023 series Verve. In the bright, approximately 90-square-metre showroom on the ground floor of the rear building, current and recent works are displayed in small, medium and large formats. The way the exhibition is presented and Aatifi’s unique, characteristic pictorial language, in which the forms and lines seem to move beyond the edge of the picture and connect with each other, create a special arc of tension.

Abstrakt – Aatifi und Mark Tobey

18 September-17 October 2021

Showroom Studio Aatifi, Ravensberger Straße 47, Bielefeld, Germany
Opening: Sat., 18 September 2021, 6 p.m.-1 a.m. (Bielefelder Nachtansichten)

Juxtaposition: ink drawings by Aatifi such as 'Verve 24' (right) and graphics by Mark Tobey such as 'To Life' (left).

Repros: H. Hachmeister (left) and Wolfgang Holm (right)

One is considered a pioneer of abstract expressionism in the USA, the other has developed his own abstract-scriptural formal language. In the exhibition Abstract - Aatifi and Mark Tobey, the works of both artists come into contact with each other: Works on canvas and paper by Aatifi are juxtaposed with prints by Mark Tobey.
Calligraphy-like brushstrokes by Tobey correspond with dynamic shapes and lines by Aatifi, 'White Writings' with scriptural abstraction, colour etching and serigraphy with acrylic on canvas and ink drawing. Around 30 paintings and works on paper are juxtaposed in the current exhibition - works from 2020 and 2021 by Aatifi and a series of prints by Mark Tobey (1890-1976). The Afghan-German artist, who has worked nationwide and internationally from his Bielefeld studio for two decades, presents works by the US artist, who worked from Basel, Switzerland, from 1960 until the end of his life. Tobey, who studied calligraphy and painting in Japan, developed his 'White Writing' style around 1935; in 1958 he took part in the Venice Biennale, and in 1962-63 he received a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art New York.

Aatifi – Magie der Abstraktion mit Grafiken von Georges Braque

12 April-12 May 2019

Showroom Studio Aatifi, Ravensberger Straße 47, Bielefeld, Germany
Opening: Fri., 12 April 2019, 6-9 p.m.

Verve 13  I  120 x 110 cm  I  acrylic on canvas  I  Aatifi 2019 (left)

Everyday Magic  I  19 x 38.5 cm  I  colour etching  I  Georges Braque 1959/68 (right; Repro: Kunsthandel Müller-Held)

Paintings and ink drawings by Aatifi from 2018 and 2019 are presented, and one room is dedicated to colour etchings and lithographs by the artist Georges Braque.
In Aatifi's work, the colour blue stands for Afghanistan's high-quality lapis lazuli deposits. Blue and white characterise the paintings of the Bielefeld artist from the 'Verve' series of 2018 and 2019. The pictorial compositions with reduced forms, sweeping lines and excessive splashes unfold an expansive effect. On display are over 30 works, alongside in addition to paintings in various formats, powerful, luminous ink drawings and abstract figurative graphics.
One room in the exhibition is dedicated to Georges Braque (1882-1963). Works on paper from the 1950s and 1960s are on display: Colour etchings from the series 'La Magie quotidienne' ('Everyday Magic') and 'Poissons' ('Fishes') as well as the lithographs 'Profil grec' I and II ('Greek Profile' I and II). Throughout his life, Braque was on the lookout for truthfulness and perfection in reduced expression.