The exhibition aimed to bring to light the renewed passion for painting among an expanding group of artists. The fifteen artists presented, initially seemed to have little in common. They differ in style, intention, age and background. Nonetheless, they are united in their quest for a reformulation of the basic principles of painting. No matter how autonomous, how abstract or indeed figurative: each work presents views and opinions on the importance of the unique gesture, the emphasis on the physical experience, the potential of craftsmanship, the power of virtuosity.

These painters rarely still see their work as part of a movement, development or group. Rather, they seem to consider it their individual obligation to return painting to a position of freedom and independence, where it can function unencumbered by social, political and art-historical ballast.