With its exhibition Our Favourites, DIE GALERIE presents a brand new and manifold view of its gallery programme. On this occasion, the gallery team of art historians will be curating a joint exhibition for the first time, in which each member will be able to set his own personal focus and display his ´favourite pieces´ in a selected room, thus creating very different ensembles and providing personal insights into individual ways of approaching art. After all, one of the most outstanding, immanent characteristics of art lies in its individuality. There is no right or wrong in art, for it goes far beyond the objective, purely technical virtuosity of the artist. The messages that an artist or an entire group of artists aims to convey through their works, the philosophies, ideas, concepts and visions that shape their inner world, are of much greater importance. And yet art is not only about its creation, but rather about its reception, about the feelings and emotions that a certain work of art can evoke in each of us, as well as personal experiences that connect the work of art and the individual in a unique way. Each person‘s own history, individual preferences and ideals ultimately affect their perception of art. With this consciousness, DIE GALERIE dedicates this exhibition precisely to the subjective view within the contemplation of art.
Viewed from four different angles, Our Favourites, with works ranging from classical modernism to contemporarty art, presents important artists such as André Masson, Max Ackermann, Karl Otto Götz, Carl-Henning Pedersen, Johannes Heisig and Klaus Zylla.
Visit our Online-Exhibition with a exhibition opening film, this time spoken by the curators Laura Colombini, Elke Mohr, Carolin Nusser and Peter Femfert, DIE GALERIE, as well as a virtual 3D-Tour through the exhibition.
Watch our exhibition opening film
Visit our virtual 3D-exhibition
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How to walk through the 3D presentation
You can easily control the 3D tour with your mouse on your PC. Orientate yourself by the white, round circles on the floor and click on them to move around. In the same way you can move along the wall to look left and right or up and down. At each work there is a filled in small white circle, click on it and you will get information about the work.
Born in Aachen on 22 February 1914, Karl Otto Götz was the first German to join the CoBrA group. After co-founding the Frankfurt 'Quadriga', an artist group representing a type of Tachism influenced by Wols and Automatism, his work changed drastically in 1952: the forms, which until now had still been well-defined, were replaced by a new, more dynamic style in a special raking technique which the artist still uses. Each work is prepared over a long period in an art theoretic process - a gradual development of the image, which is often reflected in numerous sketches and gouaches produced over a number of years.
Götz was a co-publisher of the magazine 'Meta' from 1948 to 1953 and taught as a professor at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf between 1959 and 1979. He is one of the most important members of the German Informel and soon enjoyed international recognition, for example at the documenta II in 1959. During the two decades in which the artist taught at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf Götz influenced artist personalities as diverse as Sigmar Polke and Gerhard Richter.
Stördö 8.11.1957 was executed in the special scraper technique, which characterizes the artist as main representative of German Informel. Götz' impressive style, based on a well thought-out theoretic concept and yet a high level of spontaneity and intuition, adds a fascinating effect to the painting, an effect fueled by an incredible vitality and a balanced composition. The importance that Stördö 8.11.1957 has within the oeuvre of Karl Otto Götz is reflected by the fact that the artist has chosen the painting for
his presentation at the Venice Biennale in 1958.