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Günter Fruhtrunk

Retrospective 1952—1982

26 Apr 24 — 25 Aug 24

Günter Fruhtrunk, Vectors, 1969/70, Kunstmuseum Bonn, on permanent loan from the KiCo Collection, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2024. photo: Reni Hansen

Commemorating the 100th birthday of Günter Fruhtrunk, the Kunstmuseum Bonn and Museum Wiesbaden present a major retrospective of the artist's work. Following its first appearance in Bonn in 2023, the exhibition will be on view in Wiesbaden starting in April 2024. Fruhtrunk revolutionized post-war abstract painting to a degree unparalleled to this day. As colour sounds and rhythmic structures, his paintings challenge viewers, offering the eye both a flicker and a foothold. Taking the power of colour seriously and trusting in the optical sensation, he set himself consistently apart from purely visual spectacle. His serial works, his musical references, which are reflected in numerous titles, testify to a profundity of thought, whose intensity still impresses us today. He was influenced in Freiburg by Julius
Bissier and in Paris by Fernand Léger and Hans Arp. Fruhtrunk made a name for himself not only as a painter and graphic artist, but also in architectural design. His 1970 design for the grocery bag for the ALDI Nord supermarket chain is legendary.

The exhibition will include around 60 paintings from all of the artist's creative phases.

Read more about Günter Fruhtrunk, who would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year (2023).
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