Rainer Fetting’s "Manscapes", Painted between 1974 and 2010, on View at Kunsthalle Tubingen


TUBINGEN.- The German word “Landschaft” – a precursor of “landscape” – originally denoted the totality of people that populated a country. It was not until later that it took on the geographic meaning that led, primarily through its representation in painting, to the landscape becoming the epitome of emotionally charged contemplation. Both of these meanings come together in Rainer Fetting’s playful title Manscapes – that of the pleasurable study of beautiful forms and colours, and that of a multiplicity of people, men in particular. The pictures of men, painted between 1974 and 2010 and assembled in the exhibition at the Kunsthalle Tübingen invite us to take a stimulating look at them as well as a closer look at Rainer Fetting’s oeuvre. He first became famous for the part he played in founding the legendary Galerie am Moritzplatz in 1977 and for his participation in epoc