Monday, 28 March 2011

Museum-Kunst-Palast - Dusseldorf

Heinz Mack 
Untitled, 2010 
Ink on paper 
© VG Bild Kunst, Bonn 2011
The language of my hand.

Heinz Mack became famous as an artist and co-founder of the internationally influential artist group ZERO primarily through his light reliefs and light installations. Less known is his extensive graphic oeuvre on which he himself comments, ‘For me, graphic art is a language without words, a perfect poetic language with its own syntax, intonation and rhythm. Pure visual poetry, as it contains no rational meaning.’ The medium of drawing grants the artist a high degree of spontaneity; at the same time the artist appreciates the inner logic and discipline which become apparent in a good drawing. This is also why Mack described his works on paper as the ‘grammar’ of his art: ‘I believe that the lines condense into an energy filed, a structure in which all parts, all elements are indissolubly connected with each other and set in vibration or motion when we contemplate them with sensibility, calmness and open-minded interest.’

Focusing on the graphic oeuvre museum kunst illuminates a rarely shown, as yet largely unpublished facet of this versatile artist. The exhibition includes a concentrated selection of pencil, quill, ink drawings and pastels. 


Carl Buchheister, Opus 25a (Sommerbild), 1925 
Öl auf Leinwand, 151,7 x 110 cm
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2011

A selection from the Kemp collection
The Kemp collection is one of the largest collections in Germany with a focus on the styles of Art Informel and colour field painting. The presentation of a selection of the most important works from this style coincides with the bestowal of this significant private collection upon museum kunst palast.

The collection is founded on the work of the painter Carl Buchheister, a pioneer of Abstraction in Germany and close companion to the Dadaist Kurt Schwitters. The formal diversity of Buchheister’s work finds its match in the wealth of works such as those by Kenneth Noland, Cy Twombly or Richard Tuttle, through to Gerhard Hoehme and Karl Otto Götz. 

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