David & Goliath

The first show to kick off Galerie Zink’s 2022 program is a group show titled David & GoliathDavid and Goliath is a biblical story about David, a young shepherd and harpist who gains fame by slaying the giant Goliath, a champion of the Philistines. In the story, David used a humble slingshot to hit Goliath in the head, then cut his head off to defeat him. David later went on to become the King. The phrase „David and Goliath“ has taken on a more popular meaning nowadays. It denotes an underdog situation, a contest wherein a smaller, weaker opponent faces a much bigger, stronger adversary. 

This story has become one of the most iconic tales that inspired countless paintings and sculptures over the centuries. It is the inspiration for artist legends from Caravaggio to Michelangelo to Degas.

The centerpiece of our exhibition is a masterpiece of the Neapolitan school in the 17th century. The painting was discovered by the Munich Old Master dealer Marco Pesarese in a small auction. The exact authorship of the painting has not yet been clarified. But the extraordinary quality of the composition and the painting have awakened the detective in Pesarese. It is part of his ambition to uncover unexplained attributions and thus to lift treasures of art history.

David & Goliath David & Goliath, Italy, 17th century
Oil on canvas
231 × 175 cm (91 × 68 ⅞ inches)

When Michael Zink saw the impressive painting in the restorer’s workshop, the idea was born to juxtapose contemporary positions with the masterpiece. The artists Gregory Forstner (F), Dan Schein (USA), Cristina Lama and Matias Sanchez (S) and the two Belgians Klaas Rommelaere and Manon Kündig have developed works especially for the exhibition.

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