Carl Buchheister – Pioneer of Abstraction. Works from the Kemp collection

Carl Buchheister, Opus 25a, (Sommerbild), 1925, Stiftung Sammlung Kemp, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016

Tue, 26 April 2016 – Sun, 7 August 2016

In the collection of Willi Kemp the oeuvre of Carl Buchheister holds a special place. The Kemp collection, which since 2011 has been in the museum’s possession, comprises more than 100 works by this artist, thus representing the most extensive work complex held in a public collection. Buchheister’s important status as one of the pioneers of abstract art is undisputed. Being a close friend of Kurt Schwitters’, his work has been exhibited internationally since the 1920s. In the period of the National-socialist rule Buchheister was banned from painting and went into internal exile. After the Second World War his work opened up towards a decidedly experimental and versatile pictorial language closely related to Art Informel. The exhibition presents approximately 50 pictures from the 1920s to 1963, as well as a wealth of documents on the artist’s development.

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