Rolf Knie Solo Exhibition at Yang Gallery – Beijing 798

by swisscham in Culture & Society

Beijing 798 opens Swiss contemporary artist Rolf Knie’s Solo Exhibition from October 19 to November 9. Rolf Knie was born in Bern, Switzerland on 16 August 1949 into the 6th generation of the famous Circus Knie family. Following in the traditions of his forebears, he began his career on horseback, later appearing as a clown at the age of 24. Four years later, whilst still in the circus, Knie started to paint. From that time he has gone on to achieve international recognition as one of Switzerland’s leading artists with much of his art forming part of many important collections. Rolf Knie was a giant in both the circus world as well as the Art world. His strongly expressive pictures have a finely tuned understanding of human nature and touch our souls. In Rolf’s works, the artist’s close links with the circus are omnipresent. He is able to conjure up imaged he has been absorbing all his life and give them a new existence of their own on canvas. The circus scenes in his paintings form a theatrical world, a cosmos of their own. For Rolf Knie, the large red star that crowns the Big Top has become a fixed star in a space which only he is capable of sounding.

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