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Peter Dreher

20.9. – 24.11.2013
(Detail) Every Day is a Good Day (#1329) since 1974, Oil on Canvas, 25x20cm

(Detail) Every Day is a Good Day (#1329) since 1974, Oil on Canvas, 25x20cm

(Detail) Every Day is a Good Day (2134#) since 1974, Oil on Canvas, 25x20cm

(Detail) Every Day is a Good Day (2134#) since 1974, Oil on Canvas, 25x20cm

Peter Dreher exhibition installation (view from Middle to Cube Gallery detail) Photo: Andy Keate

Peter Dreher exhibition installation (view from Middle to Cube Gallery detail) Photo: Andy Keate

Peter Dreher exhibition installation (Cube Gallery detail) Photo: Andy Keate

Peter Dreher exhibition installation (Cube Gallery detail) Photo: Andy Keate

Peter Dreher, Skulls (detail), 2005 - 2007, gouache on paper

Peter Dreher, Skulls (detail), 2005 - 2007, gouache on paper

Blumen #36, 2005, Oil on Canvas, 40x40cm

Blumen #36, 2005, Oil on Canvas, 40x40cm

Peter Dreher, detail from Schöne Tage im Hochschwarzwald, Oil on Cardboard, each 24 x 33 cm

Peter Dreher, detail from Schöne Tage im Hochschwarzwald, Oil on Cardboard, each 24 x 33 cm

Peter Dreher exhibition installation (Long Gallery detail) Photo: Andy Keate

Peter Dreher exhibition installation (Long Gallery detail) Photo: Andy Keate

(Detail) Every Day is a Good Day (#1329) since 1974, Oil on Canvas, 25x20cm
(Detail) Every Day is a Good Day (2134#) since 1974, Oil on Canvas, 25x20cm
Peter Dreher exhibition installation (view from Middle to Cube Gallery detail) Photo: Andy Keate
Peter Dreher exhibition installation (Cube Gallery detail) Photo: Andy Keate
Peter Dreher, Skulls (detail), 2005 - 2007, gouache on paper
Blumen #36, 2005, Oil on Canvas, 40x40cm
Peter Dreher, detail from Schöne Tage im Hochschwarzwald, Oil on Cardboard, each 24 x 33 cm
Peter Dreher exhibition installation (Long Gallery detail) Photo: Andy Keate

(Detail) Every Day is a Good Day (#1329) since 1974, Oil on Canvas, 25x20cm

 

Peter Dreher
20 September - 24 November 2013

Preview: Thursday 19 September/ 6pm-8pm / All welcome 

 

This autumn MK Gallery presents an exhibition of work by Peter Dreher (b.1932), a painter from South West Germany who has produced a daily painting of the same, empty glass for the last 40 years. This remarkable series, of which there are over 5,000 examples, is titled Every Day is a Good Day, taken from a Zen-Buddhist saying that suggests everything is of equal importance.

 

Dreher’s practice is contemplative, diaristic and obsessive. His work highlights minute changes in our surroundings, deliberately marking the passage of time and ultimately providing evidence of the artist’s existence. His work inevitably recalls the subtle shifts and gradations in Giorgio Morandi’s still lifes as well as the rigorously serialised approaches of Dreher’s contemporaries such as the conceptual artists Hanne Darboven, On Kawara or Roman Opalka.

 

The exhibition at MK Gallery will be organised in three groups: the Long Gallery will include around 150 of the glass paintings from the 1970s to the present day, as well as related engravings, watercolours and drawings; the Middle Gallery will bring together still lifes, including paintings of flowers, foliage, vegetables, skulls and a large series of detailed and close-up pencil drawings of an aubergine; and the Cube Gallery will feature architectural scenes made up of separate canvases, each of which was painted in a single day.

Related media and links

Press Release  PDF


Exhibition Resource Pack  PDF

More information

Exhibition Guide

 

Special Event:
English National Ballet
18 October / 6.30pm - 6.45pm
A dance response to Peter Dreher’s work. 

Free but booking essential from 1 October

Find out more

 

Read a review: This is Tomorrow 

Events

Mini Makers
Saturday 14.9.2013

Peter Dreher Private View
Thursday 19.9.2013

MK Makerspace
Thursday 3.10.2013

Networking Event: Pecha Kucha
Thursday 10.10.2013

Visual Access Tour and Workshop
Monday 14.10.2013

16mm Film Screening: Where you had been
Thursday 17.10.2013

Special Event: English National Ballet
Friday 18.10.2013

Performance: Edwin Burdis
Thursday 24.10.2013

Performance and Sound Art: Pleasure Paradox
Thursday 31.10.2013

Mini Makers
Saturday 2.11.2013

Permutations: Dawn Scarfe and Jiyeon Kim
Thursday 7.11.2013

Musarc and Melanie Pappenheim presents: again, again
Saturday 9.11.2013

Mini Makers
Saturday 16.11.2013

Mini Makers
Saturday 23.11.2013

Mini Makers
Panoramic Pictures with Ciara Callaghan
Saturday 30.11.2013