PALMS. Visions of the good life. A dream, a hope, an escape from everyday life. With candles and ashtrays in the shape of palms or a glitter palm in an ice-cream sundae, we take a bit of it home—an admission that we dream a dream of great happiness, combined with a genial petty bourgeois mentality.

Imi Knoebel

Core Pieces
Imi Knoebel is one of the most important European representatives of non-representational art, and he has devoted a lifetime to developing it. Around 1966, his first work was influenced by Kasimir Malewitsch‘s paintings and by Joseph Beuys, who taught him. Layering, sequencing, and stacking became his trademark techniques once he discovered masonite and its potential for creating large three-dimensional work. However, Knoebel also adopted a constrasting approach by producing extremely pared-down images which have no material form, to represent the immaterial. The catalogue of the exhibition provides a concentrated review of his early years; a newly-created complex of his works provides an insight into the essence of his multi-form work.

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"Imi Knoebel"

August 2015

ISBN 978-3-7356-0139-1

19,50 x 16,50 cm

152 Pages

40 colored and 2 b/w illustrations

Softcover with flaps, bound

Languages: German, English

Martin Hentschel
Text by
Martin Hentschel, Johannes Stüttgen, Colin Lang
Design by
Susanne Bax, Berlin
Exhibition: “Imi Knoebel. Kernstücke“, 22.3. - 23.8.2015, Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Museum Haus Esters

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