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“Grenzgänge in der Malerei – ein zeitgenössischer Blick auf die Werke von Forrest Bess”

Saturday, Aug 29, 2020, 2 pm – 5 pm

Lecture by Klaus Merkel (Professor of Painting, Münster Academy of Art), followed by a conversation between Merkel and Susanne Hesse-Badibanga (Head of Education)

Since completing his studies in the 1970s, Klaus Merkel has been working on the biography and the “visions” of Forrest Bess or rather on their connections: According to Klaus Merkel, Forrest Bess’ complete works are characterized by a consistent, modular symbolism, which in its emblematic abbreviations suggests a continuous system. This is a characteristic he calls “grammatical”. In a discursive tour of the exhibition, Klaus Merkel and Susanne Hesse-Badibanga take a contemporary look at the works of Forrest Bess.

Born in Heidelberg in 1953, Klaus Merkel studied at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe under Prof. Peter Dreher. He lives and works in Freiburg and Münster, where he holds a professorship in painting at the Academy of Art.

Admission to the event is free of charge.
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