In a wide-ranging retrospective, the museum is honoring Frank Stella, one of the last living heroes of American painting from the 1950s and 1960s. His artistic creativeness is still unbroken today. The development of the artist”s entire oeuvre is shown in 63 large-format works and 82 drawings.
Frank Stella (born 1936) is one of the last living heroes of American painting from the 1950s and 1960s. Stella”s recent works demonstrate yet again his compelling path in the direction of abstraction. Hardly twenty-years old, the young artist conquered the New York art scene in the late 1950s with a sensation: His large Black Paintings not only intensified the debate on Minimalism in painting but also prepared the way for the “exit from the picture into space.” But unlike his contemporaries, Stella took a completely independent path that led him to ever more opulent, ever more baroque reliefs. With his turn “from Minimalism to Maximalism,” Frank Stella developed into one of the most distinctive artists of the 20th century. The exhibition includes 63 mostly large-format works as well as 82 drawings and sketches.
With its great hall and flexible wall system, the Kunstmuseum enables the colorful, in part extremely large aluminum reliefs to fully unfold in a way that hardly any other museum can, namely thanks to a customized exhibition architecture. It supports the representation of his work”s logical development over a half century, tracing in the process the artist”s successive efforts to conquer space from the two-dimensionality of the painting up to and including his visionary and most recent works. The retrospective simultaneously wishes to place Stella”s oeuvre in a broader art historical context that extends far beyond modernism for the first time. ArchiSculptures and architectural models make up the conclusion of the exhibition.
The exhibition is sponsored by Volkswagen Financial Services AG.
Exhibition catalogue (available in German and English)
can be ordered online at the museum shop
firstname.lastname@example.org Price 42.00 EUR
Public guided tours, guided tours for private groups (also available in English), guided tours for families.
Contact: T. +49 (0)5361 2669 20 or email@example.com
Audioguide (also available in English) to the exhibition: 3.00 EUR.
Wednesday – Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tuesday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Installationview “Frank Stella – The Retrospective. Works 1958-2012” (08.09.2012 – 20.01.2013), Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg. © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2013, Foto: Marek Kruszewski
Bildrechte: © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2013, Foto: Marek Kruszewski
The Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg was opened in 1994 and can already look back at a unique history with numerous authoritative exhibitions and events. Within a brief period of time, it has been possible for the museum to position itself locally and find international recognition at the same time. The museum is dedicated to modern and contemporary art, combining diverse media ranging from painting, photography and sculpture and the new media to fashion and design. The striking modernist building located in the heart of the city presents temporary exhibitions as well as works from its own collection on 3,500 square meters.