Painting Color Space Curated by Giorgio Verzotti
Dep Art Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition titled Painting Color Space dedicated to the works of Imi Knoebel (Dessau, 1940), one of the most renowned artists devoted to minimalism and constructivism, which will open the gallery's new exhibition season on October 7, 2021 and will continue until January 15, 2022.
This exhibition, curated by Giorgio Verzotti, presents 27 works by the German painter variating from the late 1970s to the present, such as the composition on paper Messerschnitt VI (1977) or the iconic Anima Mundi 106-3 (2019) on aluminium, outlining the different moments of his visual research. Internationally renowned for his minimalist approach to colour and geometry, Imi Knoebel conducts research strictly focused on the expressive qualities of form, material, surface, and space. Giorgio Verzotti, who previously curated with Marco Meneguzzo the exhibition titled Imi Knoebel. L'idea di Europa, held at the PAC Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea in Milan in 1991, wrote in the critical text: 'From the beginning, Imi Knoebel has posed the problem of the relationship between the work and space, and we Italians immediately think of Lucio Fontana's lesson, which in Germany was propagated also thanks to the relationship between the Italian master and the ZERO group. In fact, among Knoebel's declared references are Fontana, together with Yves Klein and Piero Manzoni, and therefore the field of the most radical abstraction, chosen and frequented since his days at the Academy in Düsseldorf, together with his fellow artist Imi Giese, who died in 1974. They worked together, grateful to their professor Joseph Beuys for his encouragement, even though the German master said that his own research had little to do with theirs. They worked as self-taught, coming to art without really knowing what to do, says Knoebel today, but knowing well in which genealogy to place themselves'. The exhibition opens with the monumental work LUEB go 1276w (2013), an aluminium form whose borders are crisscrossed by yellow, blue and black strips. Representing the 1990s is a work from the 'DIN II' series (1994), composed of four rectangular elements that follow each other in alternating primary colours, and the famous Kinderstern (1994), the children's star. Some examples of the renowned editions entitled Face (2016), in which bands of pure colour are layered in an emotional and structural alternation, and the small An Meine Grüne Seite (2007) and Tafel (2016), which mark in a clearly linear way the perceptual poetics of the German master as if they were chromatic altarpieces. Also characteristic of the artist are the works formed by compositions of many elements such as Tag und Nacht III E1-E5 (1998) and Nummer 9B-15B (2012), where we witness the true manifestation of colour as an individual element, similar to a splinter that emerges from the strict structural connotations, just to name a few. Representing the last decade are three works from the 'Anima Mundi' series, very dear to the artist: colour and minimalism, essence of form and power of the sign, constitute the interpretative cornerstones of Imi Knoebel's artistic practice. A bilingual (Italian and English) catalogue with a critical text by Giorgio Verzotti accompanies the exhibition.
Biographical note: Imi Knoebel (born Klaus Wolf Knoebel) Dessau 1940. Lives and works in Düsseldorf. Imi Knoebel's works are held in major public collections including the Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris; Dia:Beacon and Dia Art Foundation, New York; Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht; MMK, Frankfurt; Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon; The Broad, Los Angeles; MoMA, New York; MOCA, Los Angeles; Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; Norton Museum, West Palm Beach; and Sammlung Goetz, Munich. Major exhibitions include: Dia Beacon, New York (2021 and 2008); Museum Haus Konstrucktiv, Zurich, Switzerland (2018); Skulpturenpark Waldfrieden, Wuppertal, Germany (2017); Musée Fernand Léger, Biot, France (2016); Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany (2014); In 2011, Knoebel created six stained glass windows for Reims Cathedral in France in addition to exhibiting at the Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig, Germany (2011); Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, Germany (2009); Hamburger Kunsthalle, Germany (2004); Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover, Germany (2002) ; Institut Valencià d'Art Modern, Valencia, Spain (1997); Kunstmuseum Luzern, Switzerland (1997); Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany (1996); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands (1996 and 1972); Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany (1992) Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany (1986); Imi Knoebel, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany (1983); Dia Art Foundation, Cologne, Germany (1981 and 1983); Städtische Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany (1975); Imi Knoebel has also participated in international exhibitions such as Documenta, Kassel (1972, 1977, 1982, 1987) and the 18th Bienal de Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Press release courtesy Dep Art Gallery.