Photography, concrete art and mysterious painting – EZPress®

Karin Kneffel, untitled, 2016, oil on canvas, 180 x 240 cm, private collection © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022 Photo: Achim Kukulies, Düsseldorf

Current exhibitions in North Rhine-Westphalia

Bremen, Germany, 25 May 2022 / EZPress / – Exhibited this summer at K20 and K21 in Düsseldorf: concrete art by the Brazilian artist Lygia Pape and photography as a reflection of historical and cultural changes in gender and race issues with a focus on Africa. The Max Ernst Museum in Brühl presents a retrospective of Karin Kneffel’s exciting work.

Concrete art by Lygia Pape from Brazil
K20 in Düsseldorf – until 17 July 2022
Lygia Pape (1927 – 2004) was a visual artist, sculptor, engraver and filmmaker. She was one of the most important representatives of the Brazilian avant-garde in the fifties and sixties. In the early 1950s, Pape broke through with work in the tradition of European concrete art, but she rejected the purely rationalist approach of this movement. She focused not only on concrete things and their context, but also on the essence of things, based on an intuitive, open attitude. The exhibition The Skin of ALL at K20 presents this extraordinary artist’s diverse work, while at the same time praising Pape as an important and enriching voice in the worldwide development of modern art. Exhibited are mainly loans from international collections and the artist’s property.

Changing dialogues. Pictures from The Walther Collection
K21 Ständehaus in Düsseldorf – until 25 September 2022
How are historical and cultural changes reflected in the photograph? That’s what the exhibition Changing Dialogues is about. Pictures from The Walther Collection. More than ten years after the first exhibition of the Walther Collection, Kunstsammlung NRW considers the time ripe for a sequel. The pioneering work of then-curator Okwui Enwezor and the exceptional efforts of collector Artur Walther made an indelible impression at the time. Using portrait photography, Enwezor showed that developments in photography are not uniformly geographically and historically. For example, he sought to provide insight into the changes in African identity on the path from colonialism to postcolonial modernity. In the current exhibition, historical dialogues are accompanied by queer-performative portraits of Rotimi Fani-Kayode (1955-1989), but also by the work of conceptual photographers such as Yto Barrada, Samuel Fosso, Sabelo Mlangeni, Zanele Muholi, Mwangi Hutter, Grace Ndiritu and Berni Seal. Influenced by visual activism and a subversive agenda, the works, mainly created in the early 2000s, call into question the binary gender system, cultural appropriation and structural racism.

Karin Kneffel – At the moment
Max Ernst Museum Brühl des LVR – until 28 August 2022
Karin Kneffel may not be known in the Netherlands, but in Germany she is one of the leading representatives of German contemporary art. A good reason to get acquainted with her exciting work. The Max Ernst Museum in Brühl is home to a wonderful retrospective. No fewer than 80 oil paintings and watercolors show the creative development from 2004 to today. In Karin Kneffel’s work, different levels of time and perception overlap. Illusion and reality, past and present, objectivity and dreamy alienation flow into each other and create an almost surreal experience. The works have a tangible appearance and are designed with the utmost perfection. And yet Kneffel’s paintings remain mysteriously closed and distant.

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