© Reiner Ruthenbeck/VG BILD-KUNST, Bonn, photo: Thomas Dashuber
Sammlung Goetz

FarbRaumKörper (ColorSpaceForm). Gotthard Graubner, Imi Knoebel, Blinky Palermo and Reiner Ruthenbeck

With works by Gotthard Graubner, Imi Knoebel, Blinky Palermo and Reiner Ruthenbeck the exhibition in Sammlung Goetz brings together four artists who, in very different ways, explore the creative possibilities of non-representational art. Through their association with the Düsseldorf Art Academy, their works are characterized by the spirit of experimentation and new beginnings, which prevailed in the renowned art school in the 1960s and 1970s.

Gotthard Graubner (1930-2013), the oldest artist in this exhibition, was associated with the Düsseldorf Art Academy as both a student and a professor. He was known for his non-representational atmospheric paintings on dense fabric, which developed a physical spatiality through the application of varied layers of paint; he called these objects "Farbraumkörper" beginning in the 1970s. The term is also the title of the current exhibition, as it relates to the relationship between space, form and color, which the artists Knoebel, Palermo and Ruthenbeck also explored in their works.
Knoebel (*1940) combines abstract painting with industrial materiality and color. Through his serial approach, he tests the possibilities of a minimalistic visual language. Palermo (1943-1977) pursued a conceptual tactic in his confrontation with Malevich, which he followed not only in his three-dimensional pictorial objects, but also in the expansion of painting into the physical exhibition space. The sculptor Reiner Ruthenbeck (1937-2016) examined the physical properties of the material in his abstract objects and installations, thereby creating stimulating contrasts through his use of opposites.
The 2013 comprehensive show When Now Is Minimal already attested to Sammlung Goetz’s commitment to a variety of minimalist positions. In contrast, the exhibition FarbRaumKörper presents a further aspect of this collection area with 70 works by four older artist personalities associated with the Düsseldorf Art Academy.

Curated by Karsten Löckemann und Leo Lencsés


© Imi Knoebel/VG BILD Kunst, Bonn, photo: Thomas Dashuber

Imi Knoebel

Sammlung Goetz

Autumn/Winter 2021

The Sammlung Goetz honors the artist Imi Knoebel on the occasion of his 80th birthday with a retrospective exhibition. The entire spectrum of Knoebel’s artistic oeuvre will be presented, starting with his black and white photographs from the 1960s to his collages made of multicolored paper and his objects cast in concrete and ending with his most recent paintings in acrylic on aluminum. The presentation also includes Knoebel’s geometrical, minimalist works as well as his expressive paintings from the 1980s, which have rarely been shown until now.

© Barbara Kasten

Barbara Kasten. Works

Sammlung Goetz BASE 103

Autumn/Winter 2021

The American artist Barbara Kasten has created an impressive artistic oeuvre over her career spanning from the 1970s to the present. At the center of Kasten’s work are her abstract, geometric color photographs from the 1980s, which explore the interplay of light and dark and afford new spatial experiences. The Sammlung Goetz, which has extensive holdings of works by Kasten, is mounting the artist’s first solo exhibition in Europe in cooperation with the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg. A selection of the extensive retrospective will be on view in the Sammlung Goetz in Munich.

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