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

Talk between Klaus Merkel (professor, Kunstakademie Münster) and Susanne Hesse-Badibanga (Head of Education documenta und Museum Fridericianum gGmbH)

Saturday, March 14, 2020, 2 – 5 pm

Since completing his studies in the 1970s, Klaus Merkel has focused on the biography and “visions” of Forrest Bess and their interconnections. To Merkel, the complete works of Bess captivate the observer due to a consistent, modular symbolism, which in its emblematic abbreviations suggests a perpetuating system—a characteristic he describes as “grammatical.” In a discursive exhibition tour, Klaus Merkel and Susanne Hesse-Badibanga take a contemporary look at the works of Forrest Bess, accompanied by numerous visual examples.

Klaus Merkel, born in Heidelberg in 1953, studied at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Karlsruhe under Professor Peter Dreher. He lives and works in Freiburg and Münster, where he holds a professorship in painting at the Kunstakademie.

Admission to the events is free. No prior registration required.

Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation