Imi Knoebel

  • Imi Knoebel meets Fernand Léger
    November 5, 2016 - February 27, 2017
    Musée national Fernand Léger
    Chemin du Val de Pôme
    0410 Biot, France

    On the invitation of the Fernand Léger National Museum in Biot, Imi Knoebel has set up an exhibition in dialogue with Fernand Léger, a pioneer of modern art.

    Knoebel first encountered Léger’s work in 1979 when invited to realize a large-scale installation at the Museum of Fine Arts in Winterthur. Structured around notions of order and chaos, Genter Raum consists of construction materials and painted panels, randomly placed on the floor or carefully arranged on the walls. Knoebel only kept one reference to art history from the museum’s collection: Still Life (1927) by Fernand Léger to achieve what is now considered a key work in his career.

    For this new exhibition, Knoebel has chosen to focus on the ceramics that Léger made at the end of his life in Biot.

    These later glazed terracottas match Léger’s new attempt to overcome the planarity of painting. The enamelled reliefs play with volume, contrast and colour. Over the course of summer 2016, Imi Knoebel took inspiration from these concepts to create new paintings, which will be displayed for the first time as part of this exhibition.

    An earlier work, Ort-Mennige (2012) is also presented on this occasion. Articulated around three panels, it offers visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves into a well-defined coloured space.




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  • Red Yellow Blue
    March 12, 2016 - May 16, 2016
    Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig
    Leipzig, Germany

    Red Yellow Blue (1993) is composed of 54 large-scale silkscreen prints, which are an important conceptual foundation for Knoebel’s design of the stained glass windows of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Reims. This major commission of nine large panes for the royal cathedral was installed between 2011 and 2015. 

    The abstract compositions for Reims, with hundreds of pieces of glass in vivid shades of red, blue and yellow can be seen as a reconciliatory gesture following the building having been badly damaged by German bombing in August 1914. 

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  • Imi Knoebel. Works 1966 − 2014
    October 25, 2014 - February 15, 2015
    Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany

    In celebration of Imi Knoebel’s 75th birthday, the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg will be the first institution worldwide in nearly twenty years to present a comprehensive exhibition of the oeuvre of this important German artist. Imi Knoebel. Works 1966 – 2014 features major works and groups of works, from the Line Paintings (1966) and Room 19 (1968/2006), to Eigentum Himmelreich [Property of Heaven] (1983) and the aluminum paintings from the 1990s, all the way to his most recent works. For more information please click here

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