More than 100 years ago, the Rhineland with its art centres Cologne and Düsseldorf established itself as an important nucleus of the avant-garde, which had and continues to have an influence not only on the national but also on the international art scene.
In our exhibition "Art in the Rhineland", we would like to sketch the developments in this region from the beginning of the 20th century until today by means of about 55 selected paintings, works on paper, photographs and sculptures.
The period before the First World War with works by the Rhenish Expressionists, the exhibitions of the "Sonderbund" in Düsseldorf and above all in Cologne in 1912, or the founding of the artists' group "Das Junge Rheinland" in 1919 establish the far-reaching reputation and radiance of Rhenish art. After the Second World War and the so-called "zero hour", the artists of the Zero Group – Heinz Mack, Otto Piene and Günther Uecker in particular – created new themes, techniques and forms of expression that were perceived worldwide. But also the German Informel of Karl Otto Götz and Bernhard Schultze as well as other abstract positions, for example by Ernst Wilhelm Nay, Winfred Gaul, Gotthard Graubner and Imi Knoebel, set international impulses and are highlighted in our exhibition.
The list of artists who are and were active in the Rhineland is long and their influence great. Last but not least, the events at the Düsseldorf Art Academy play a central role: it is hardly known today that – after his time at the Bauhaus – Paul Klee moved to Düsseldorf, where he held a professorship until 1933. Gerhard Richter, too, was not only a student in Götz's class, but was himself a professor for 22 years from 1971. Other relationships between teachers and students, such as those of Ewald Mataré and Joseph Beuys, Gotthard Graubner and Katharina Grosse, are also discussed, as is the photography class inspired by Bernd and Hilla Becher, which produced such famous photographers as Andreas Gursky, Candida Höfer, Thomas Struth, Thomas Ruff, Jörg Sasse and Axel Hütte.
As a Düsseldorf gallery that has been operating at the centre of this activity for almost 50 years, it was our concern and a great pleasure to pay tribute to the artists of our region and their achievements in a first throw. We were particularly enthusiastic about rediscoveries such as the work of Jankel Adler. We would like to share this enthusiasm with you and cordially invite you to the gallery to celebrate the Rhineland and its art together!
The vernissage will take place on Thursday, June 15 from 7 to 9 pm.
We are looking forward to your visit!
Die Ausstellung wird von einem hochwertigen Katalog begleitet.
Die Vernissage fand am Donnerstag, 15. Juni von 19 bis 21 Uhr statt.
Einige Impressionen des Abends sowie alle gezeigten Werke finden Sie weiter unten.