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Otto Piene: Works from the Kemp Collection

Museum Kunstpalast / Düsseldorf / Art

“My endeavor is twofold,” said the artist Otto Piene in 1965, “to demonstrate that light is a source of life which has to be constantly rediscovered, and to show expansion as a phenomenal event. Everything is striving for larger space.” Air, heat, color, the ineffable and the intense—all are at play in the work of Piene, who co-founded the legendary postwar group ZERO (meaning “beginning”). This exhibition focuses on the fire pictures and includes 13 paintings—searing red canvases, perforated by smoke and flaring with energy. —E.C.

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Museum Kunstpalast Ehrenhof 4-5, 40479 Düsseldorf, Germany
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