Imi Knoebel

Stained Glass Windows in Reims Cathedral

Barnett Newman, 1969: “Who is afraid of red, yellow and blue?” Imi Knoebel, 2009: “NOT ME!”
Imi Knoebel, one of the most important contemporary abstract painters, has concentrated for over fifteen years on the primary colours of blue, yellow and red; these have a similar architectural function to that of foundation stones. Based on the artist’s proposal – an abstract composition of these colours – in 2008 Knoebel received a commission to design six church windows for the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Reims. These will be inaugurated in June 2011 in this high Gothic cathedral where the French kings were crowned.
This opulent volume provides both a richly colourful documentation and an in-depth description of the entire project, which, following the tradition of Marc Chagall and Brigitte Simon who both designed church windows, creates a fascinating symbiosis between the old and the new.


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Imi Knoebel

November 2010

ISBN 978-3-86678-501-4 (D), 978-3-86678-502-1 (E), 978-3-86678-503-8 (F)

24,00 × 30,00 cm

160 pages

188 colored illustrations

Hardcover, bound, with dust jacket

three language editions

Languages: German, English, French

La Drac (Direction régionale des affaires culturelles Champagne-Ardenne)

Text by
Olivier Kaeppelin, Klaus Lueb, Serge Lemoine, Frédéric Murienne, Marc Nouschi, Martin Schulz, Johannes Stüttgen

Design by
Susanne Bax, Berlin

The illustrated book was published on the occasion of the inauguration of the church windows of Imi Knoebel in the “Notre-Dame” chapel, Reims, June 2011, Reims, France.

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