The Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg presents the exhibition “Imi Knoebel. Works 1966 – 2014” from October 25, 2014 until February 15, 2015.
© VG-Bild Kunst, Bonn 2014
The Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg will present the first worldwide comprehensive exhibition of
Imi Knoebel”s oeuvre in almost twenty years, in honor of the 75th birthday of this important German artist. Imi Knoebel. Works 1966 – 2014 features more than one hundred paintings, objects, and installations, ranging from the Linienbilder [Line Paintings] (1966-68), Raum 19 III [Room 19 III] (1968/2006), and Eigentum Himmelreich [Property Kingdom of Heaven] (1983), to the aluminum paintings from the 1990s, as well as his most recent works. Each and every painting is part of a constantly growing body of work. To this very day Knoebel continues to go back to earlier works, adding, expanding, and reinterpreting.
His creative process is reflected in the presentation, which the artist himself has designed for the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg”s spacious architecture. He has set up “three walls running diagonally through the gigantic space, opening up a number of paths.” To him, a wall is not simply an empty space for hanging pictures. Rather, it becomes part of both the painting and the setting. Here, visitors do not simply move from one work of art to the next, from one wall of pictures to the next. Instead, as they stroll through the space, they create new relationships among the individual paintings, the groups of works, and the exhibition space. Even though the show is a survey of nearly fifty years, it is not organized chronologically. At the start, as Knoebel says, it features “just the beginnings, actually – and then everything gets mixed up!”
Registration for the press conference (Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 11.15 am): email@example.com
Opening of the exhibition on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 11 am.
Imi Knoebel, Cut-up 5, 2011, acrylic, aluminum, PE tube, 232 x 257.3 x 13 cm, Collection of Olga and Stella Knoebel, photo: Ivo Faber, © VG-Bild Kunst, Bonn 2014.
Bildrechte: photo: Ivo Faber © VG-Bild Kunst, Bonn 2014
The Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg was opened in 1994 and can already look back at a unique history with numerous authoritative exhibitions and events. Within a brief period of time, it has been possible for the museum to position itself locally and find international recognition at the same time. The museum is dedicated to modern and contemporary art, combining diverse media ranging from painting, photography and sculpture and the new media to fashion and design. The striking modernist building located in the heart of the city presents temporary exhibitions as well as works from its own collection on 3,500 square meters.
Frau Christiane Heuwinkel