Ever since 1975, Günter Tuzina has been engaged in an exploration of the basic principles of painting. He combines lines, squares, rectangles and areas of colour within a relatively set framework in a fascinating and inexhaustible quest for tension and equilibrium. This summer, the Gemeentemuseum is exhibiting a series of paintings which date from the last ten years and reveal the way he has developed over that period.
The linearity of his earlier work has to some extent given way to warm shades and areas of colour. In its simplicity, Tuzina's work is related to Minimal Art and to the principles of Theo van Doesburg and De Stijl. It is not surprising, therefore, that Tuzina has close ties with the Gemeentemuseum. In 1987, following his 1985 retrospective, he painted a mural in one of the museum's stairwells. This was lost during the restoration of the museum building. The new work he has recently painted there reveals the artist's development since that time.