Original article from www.sz-online.de, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017
The First West German Artist Is from the Middle-East
Gallery owner Eberhard Klinger presents an exciting painter at the “art Karlsruhe” fair. And this is a premiere.
By Jens Fritzsche
Liegau-Augustusbad (former East Germany).
His first West German artist is from the middle-east. When Liegau-based gallery owner Eberhard Klinger opens his booth at art Karlsruhe, one of the largest art fairs in Europe, on Wednesday, there will be an exciting premiere. Klinger is going to present his first West German artist in a “one- artist show”. About half of the 50-m² exhibition area will be dedicated to Fahar Al-Salih.
“And it’s really the first Western German artist I have ever presented in the decades of being a gallery owner,” Klinger says with a smirk. “But fortunately, there are no Western or Eastern German artists anymore now, just artists.” The painter is Fahar Al-Salih, born in Bagdad, Iraq, in 1964. In 1982 he went to England for language studies, and two years later he went to Vienna where he started to become involved in art. Via Slovakia and Dubai, the Iraqi eventually came to Karlsruhe – where he’s causing a stir with his group of works called “Sponge Pictures”.
It was in Karlsruhe that the life paths of Klinger and Al-Salih finally crossed. According to Klinger, an art fan from Karlsruhe is to blame for that. Klinger’s gallery has been present on art Karlsruhe for five years, “and already in my first year I met this art fan who has since visited my booth every year.” Since the man always enthused about the works of Al-Salih, Klinger visited Al-Salih’s atelier in Marienstraße in the fall. And he was delighted right from the beginning. “One reason is that his works are so highly topical.” Al-Salih’s current group of works is called “Shelter”. “A shelter, a roof under which you can find protection, that’s a very fitting subject for today,” says Eberhard Klinger.
Galerie Klinger at art Karlsruhe: Booth L05, Hall 4. Opening hours of the fair: February 16 to 18: 12:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, February 19: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. The official opening event is on Wednesday, February 15, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.