At a time when blank spots have by and large disappeared from maps, “wilderness” has returned in art. The Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt has dedicated an extensive theme-based exhibition to this recurring fascination.


Franz Radziwill

Fläche wird Bild

The painter Franz Radziwill (1895–1983) developed a unique pictorial language, whose characteristics include an unmistakable handling of surface. Radziwill positions figures and objects in rhythmically positioned fields of color with avant-garde aspirations. In the course of the New Objectivity, Radziwill emphasizes planarity by applying depictions parallel to each other in the picture. In his late work, he frequently combines spatial representations and planar design.  Starting in 1950, he has integrated chessboard patterns and grid structures into his image spaces. This allows an alternative spatiality and the two-dimensionality of the surface as the carrier of paint to become perceptible. With this pictorial concept, Radziwill links modernism with tradition.

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"Franz Radziwill "

March 2018

ISBN 978-3-7356-0411-8

24,00 x 21,00 cm

88 Pages

56 colored and 5 b/w illustrations

Hardcover, bound

Languages: German

Birgit Denizel (für die Franz Radziwill Gesellschaft e.V.)
Text by
Birgit Denizel, Kay Heymer, Jürgen Weichardt
Design by

Formsache, Gerlinde Domininghaus


Franz Radziwill. Fläche wird Bild,11.3.2018-13.1.2019, Franz Radziwill Haus, Dangast

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