02.03.2024 until 23.06.2024

Hyperrealist Enrico Ghinato & Vespa from a historical collection

Enrico Ghinato, Milano La Madunina, oil on canvas 2017 ©IMAGO Art Gallery

Together, you will see twelve historic VESPAs from the twentieth century, a selection from an important Italian private collection. The unique collection, with more than 120 Vespa scooters, was created thanks to a family passion for collecting, which is now in its third generation and includes models from 1946 onwards. Since Piaggio developed the first Vespa (1946) as a means of transportation for the Italian population, it has become an icon of the first rank and has conquered all five continents with more than 19 million models sold.

Experience the breathtaking fusion of passion and refined pictorial design as well as the eye for detail in the large-format works of the hyper-realistic painter Enrico Ghinato. With his eye focused on the essential, Ghinato transforms everyday scenes and cult objects into a monumental painterly-illusionistic medium. He brings the works to life through his depiction of light reflections and reflections of illustrious surroundings.

Enrico Ghinato, VESPA 98 Corsa Circuito, oil on canvas, 1947, ©IMAGO Art Gallery

Call for entries for the 7th International andré-evard Prize

André Evard, Cosmos I, 1956 © messmer foundation

For the seventh time now, kunsthalle messmer is awarding the andré evard prize for concrete-constructive art. From the February 1, 2024 artists worldwide can once again apply for the popular prize for Concrete-Constructive Art. The andré-evard prize is aimed at all those contemporary artists who feel committed to concrete-constructive art and want to help it find new expression with innovative impulses .

Dedicated to This prize is dedicated to the Swiss artist André Evard (1876-1972) and his work in Concrete Art. This makes him one of the first non-figurative artists in Europe and one of the pioneers of Swiss constructive-geometric painting.


The prize is endowed with a total of €10,000 and is divided as follows:

1st place: € 5,000
2nd place: €3,000
3rd place: € 2,000
Audience award: 1,000 €


Any artist can submit a work from the field of concrete-constructive art. Works of art created after January 1, 2023 are eligible. The two-dimensional works may not be larger than 140 x 140 x 15 cm . Three-dimensional works (e.g. sculptures) may not exceed a height of 220 cm and a weight of 45 kg. The submitted works must be available for the duration of the exhibition.

The pre-selection is made by viewing the digital material via email to

The email must have the following content:

  • WORK INFORMATION (in the following order: artist’s name, title, date, technique/material, format, proof of exhibition if applicable)
  • LEBENSLAUF with photo
  • WORK DESCRIPTION (approx. ¼ page)
  • HIGH RESOLUTION PHOTOGRAPHS (up to three color photographs of the object as a jpg file – each in 300 dpi and 72dpi)


Application deadline is 31.05.2024. Later submissions cannot be considered. The nominated artists will be announced on the kunsthalle messmer homepage and informed personally. The date for the delivery of the works will be announced.

Transportation: The costs of delivery and return transportation shall be borne by the exhibition participants.

Insurance: Exhibition participants are responsible for insuring their works during delivery and return transportation. During the exhibition in the Kunsthalle, kunsthalle messmer will take over the insurance.

There is no legal recourse for the competition and awarding of prizes.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Best regards
Jürgen A. Messmer

Contact person: Karina Klucha M.A. / Nicole Lechler, M.A.
+49 (0) 7642 920 1620 |


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Last exhibition:
Bella Italia – Enrico Ghinato & Vespa

02.03. – 23.06.2024

From 28.01.2024: Charming (im)finiteness – Zhuang Hong-Yi & Lu Luo