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Grace Kelly III-3
Acrylic on panel
249 x 169,5 cm
Inv. Nr. 51
Photo: © VBK, Wien, 2011

Born in 1940 in Dessau, Germany
Lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany

Imi Knoebel’s work deals with the relationship between space, picture support and colour, experimented through purist analytic series. As a former student at the Düsseldorf Kunstakademie in the mid-sixties, he was taught by Joseph Beuys, from whom he learnt the regenerative function of creativity. On the other hand, one of his main influences comes from the idea of reducing a painting to its elemental coordinates, as expressed by the Suprematist painter Kasimir Malevitch. The two paintings DIN II A1-A4 and Grace Kelly III-3 are part of different series but share the same principle of construction, which juxtaposes grids of monochrome stripes with solid colour. These modular components suggest seemingly endless variations relating to abstraction and form. The never-ending seriality conveys the idea of “immortality” – an idea almost literal in the title of the Grace Kelly series painted from 1989 to 1995. The iconic and thus eternal feminine figure is represented by infinite colour field variations.