1,20 m, 1989
Born in Dessau (Ger) in 1940, Imi Knoebel lives and works in Düsseldorf. He was a student of Beuys at the Düsseldorf Academy and a close friend of Blinky Palermo and chose the path of minimalism. At first he chose to explore monochromes but his abstract painting, a descendant of the Bauhaus, Malevitch and Mondrian gradually evolved into assembling and superposing sheets of metal or plywood. Colour acts as the architecture of the painting. Since 1989, the artist has produced “Kindersterne”, social oeuvres, in the form of a star, whose sale helps fund a number of children’s charities. In 2008, he created six stained glass windows for thr Cathedral of Reims. Important recent exhibitions include the MUDAM in Luxembourg in 2010, the Neue National Galerie and the Guggenheim Foundation in Berlin in 2009 and Documentas 6, 7 & 8 in Kassel. His work is in collections the world over (MoMA New York, Dia Beacon (USA), the Albertina Museum in Vienna, the FRAC in Bourgogne etc.).