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b. 1940, Germany

Imi Knoebel Biography

Imi Knoebel was born Wolf Knoebel in Dessau in 1940. He spent his early years near Dresden, and later moved with his mother and four siblings to Mainz. In 1964, he and his friend Rainer Giese went to study at the Academy of Arts in Düsseldorf; the following year they changed courses to study with Joseph Beuys, and from 1966 until 1969 they used Room 19 at the Academy as a studio, where their IMI identity became manifest.

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It was in this now legendary room that Knoebel produced his minimalist works, which emerged from a highly puristic, experimental position diametrically opposed in many ways to the aesthetic principles of Beuys.

Among the artists of his generation, Knoebel was the mysterious, introverted one. Perhaps his most typical work (in this position) was a collection of 250,000 drawings which no one had set eyes on. They were locked, in bundles, in large wooden cupboards – and these were the visible artwork. A more apt image of the hermetic seclusion of new art has never yet been conceived.

This denial of immediate access and disclosure of meaning constitutes a hermetic quality in Knoebel's work, which has to this day enabled him to maintain the strength to oppose consumerism, the availability of art and the appropriation of the artist.

The work presented stands as a pointed refusal to give any information about itself. If one looks more closely, however, one may recognise the calculated proportions and progressions. Chance and order, chaos and system are present here in a subtle combination, which remains hidden to the fleeting glance.

Text courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac.

Imi Knoebel Featured Artworks

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Face 83 Ed. by Imi Knoebel contemporary artwork
Imi KnoebelFace 83 Ed., 2016Acrylic on plastic foil collage
36 x 36 cm
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Untitled by Imi Knoebel contemporary artwork
Imi KnoebelUntitled, 1983Enamel on layered celluloid on cardboard
74 x 98 cm
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Untitled by Imi Knoebel contemporary artwork
Imi KnoebelUntitled, 1987Fiberboard on wood
270 x 360 x 9 cm
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Tafel DLXXXV by Imi Knoebel contemporary artwork
Imi KnoebelTafel DLXXXV, 2018Acrylic, aluminium, wood
35.7 x 25.4 x 4.3 cm
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Tafel DCXXVIII by Imi Knoebel contemporary artwork
Imi KnoebelTafel DCXXVIII, 2018Acrylic, aluminium, wood
35.7 x 25.4 x 4.3 cm
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Senzatitolo 4 Ed. by Imi Knoebel contemporary artwork
Imi KnoebelSenzatitolo 4 Ed., 2009/2011Acrylic painted on synthetic paper
27 x 23 cm
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Tafel DCCXXVI by Imi Knoebel contemporary artwork
Imi KnoebelTafel DCCXXVI, 2016Acrylic on aluminium, wood
294 x 19 x 4 cm
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Untitled by Imi Knoebel contemporary artwork
Imi KnoebelUntitled, 1972Graphite on paper
296 x 21 cm
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Imi Knoebel Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Blanc sur Blanc at Gagosian, Paris
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16 January–7 March 2020 Group Exhibition Blanc sur Blanc GagosianParis
Contemporary art exhibition, Imi Knoebel, IMI KNOEBEL. dass die Geschichte zusammenbleibt at KEWENIG, Berlin
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13 September–9 November 2019 Imi Knoebel IMI KNOEBEL. dass die Geschichte zusammenbleibt KEWENIGBerlin

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Imi Knoebel In Ocula Magazine

The Armory Show 2020 Ocula Photolog The Armory Show 2020

The Armory Show (5–8 March) features presentations by leading international galleries, innovative artist commissions, and dynamic public programs. The 2020 edition of The Armory Show, welcomes 183 exhibitors from 32 countries, convening Midtown Manhattan at Piers 90 and 94.

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