From Fantasy to Sobriety

Valerio Adami, La vetrina. 1968 (Die Vitrine), Acryl auf Leinwand, 130 x 162 cm, Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, Stiftung Sammlung Kemp, © Valerio Adami / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2013

Figurative Art from the Kemp Collection

20  April - 04  August 2013

The collection of Willi Kemp is dominated by non-objective art, but in the beginning he collected figurative art, especially the fantastic and late surreal painting by artists like Hans Bellmer or Paul Wunderlich. When Kemp’s preferences shifted towards Informel, he was able to recognize the development of figuration in this environment as exemplified by the early works of Bernard Schultze and Ursula Schultze-Bluhm. When he began to collect Color Field painting, he simultaneously also acquired paintings by Konrad Klapheck, Valerio Adami and Domenico Gnoli which prove his ongoing interest for figurative pictures. These works form an important aspect of his collection that always allows to explore the relation between figuration and abstraction. The diversity of the works ranges from the fantastic to the sober, from objective to expressive, as we can for example see in the sculptures by Karl Bobek or the paintings by Ion Iacob. About  45 works.

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