IMI KNOEBELNovember 9th until December 31st, 2006
Imi Knoebel was born in Dessau, Germany in 1940 and currently lives and works in Düsseldorf.
His work spans the frontiers between painting, drawing, architecture and sculpture where his art has been devoted to delving into the question "What is image?" Having inherited the spiritual formalism of Kazimir Malevitch and the teachings of Joseph Beuys, Knoebel has resolutely positioned himself within the landscape of non-objective painting while still carrying on experimentation and maintaining ties to the Constructivism marked by German painting and the rich troves of Dadaism and Neo-dadaism.
In his first Lisbon exhibition, Imi Knoebel is presenting recent work at the Filomena Soares Gallery that consists of large aluminium panels divided into homogeneous layers of colour where the viewer can easily spot the artist's stunning virtuosity in the use of colour, image, form and space. His colour palette is reminiscent of Mondrian's in the use of bright hues in which the pictorial strokes project a three-dimensional impression owing to the way the artist has treated the different surfaces. With only a scant few visible elements, the series on exhibit centres on the application of layers of colour and overlapping, hidden or partially visible panels.
"Beyond the geometrical plane, from the space of planes as a multiple of diverse planes which apart from the external limitation of the rectangle open up a limited infinity - the layer"1
The technique sparks, in the mind of the viewer, the pleasure of discovery and piques the desire to interpret and understand the work as a whole. The way the artist has rendered the interaction between space, colour and image has been expanded to reach out to the viewer, who is drawn into the universe of image that lies beyond representation.
"After the history of looking AT, replaced by the history of looking THROUGH, the begining of a looking INTO, an IN-sight.1
Imi Knoebel has exhibited his work in some of the most distinguished museums and institutions throughout the world, to note just a few: Documenta 5, 6 and 7; Museum Friedericianum, Kassel, Switzerland (1994); Institut Düsseldorf (1998); Hamburger Kunsthalle, (2004); and Miami Art Central, U. S. A. (2005); Kunstmuseum, Lucerne, Switzerland (2006). A retrospective of the artist's work toured Europe between 1996 and 1997, and tour venues included The Haus der Kunst, Munich; the Stedelijk Museum, in Amsterdam; the Institut Valência d'Art Modern; and the Centre Júlio González in Valencia, Spain