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SoVA Welcomes Visiting Artist and Lecturer Madeleine Hatz

Madeleine Hatz Poster

The Penn State School of Visual Arts (SoVA) is pleased to announce a visit by artist Madeleine Hatz as part of its John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series.  Free and open to the public, Hatz’s lecture will take place Thursday, March 5, Noon at the Palmer Lipcon Auditorium, Palmer Museum of Art. For complete details about the John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture series, and an entire listing of events, please visit:


Madeleine Hatz received her MFA in Painting and Printmaking from the Royal Academy of Art in Stockholm, Sweden. She also studied at L’Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, and at Lund University in Sweden. She lives and works in Stockholm, Beijing and New York. She has exhibited and lectured widely in the U.S. and in Europe.


Her paintings are abstract landscapes often in large format, showing a great range of light gradations and subtlety as well as luminosity of color. Tactility and texture are also characteristics combined with fluidity and movement. In their writings on Madeleine Hatz’s work, art critics and the artist herself describe a concern with the experience of space and a sense of scale, as well as an evocation of sensory memories. Her work extends beyond the medium of painting and includes sculptural installations and performance in public space.


Hatz will collaborate with Ann Shostrom on Transubstantiation: Cana, St. Francis Robe, and other relics in Borland Project Space March 30 - April 24. Her latest solo exhibit of paintings titled “St. Francis in China” at the Cathedral of Lund, Sweden in October 2013, paintings, drawings, and a live performance, occupied the Cathedral’s medieval crypt. Other recent exhibitions include “Gold Earth”, Forum Gallery, Stockholm, April 2011.


In the year 2000 she worked on a site specific project in a public space in the Netherlands. Titled “Brokkenland,” the project consisted in building “ruins” in the form of brick walls which subsequently became covered with moss. This took place in the courtyard of the city hall of the town of Leeuwarden, and is described in the book Public Interests published the same year in the Netherlands. “Vertical Painting” was another site specific project during 1997-98 at PS1 Museum in New York. Museum exhibits include the Chelsea Art Museum  (2005), New York, Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver CO, Arti et Amiciae, Amsterdam, Boras Museum, Lunds Konsthall, Kulturhuset Stockholm. Madeleine Hatz is represented at the Moderna Museet, Stockholm.