Foto: René Müller © Mies van der Rohe Haus
“Make it new” was the driving idea when the Bauhaus was founded a hundred years ago. The creative avant-garde of the time came up with many a novelty in art and architecture - confluent spaces, non-figurative approaches to painting, monochrome surfaces, membrane-like walls. The new was seductively pure, stunningly beautiful, and implied a return to some imagined beginning. It became a matter of course to rework these new concepts time and again, dogmatically and without mercy. In doing so, artists were able to develop recipes to escape the frenzy of the new. Color field painting and stripe painting, for example, allowed traditional painterly practices to be resurrected in different guises.
In showing works by Sabine Boehl, Daniel Buren and Günter Fruhtrunk the exhibition INNOVATIONS AND PRESCRIPTIONS brings together three artists who represent ways of dealing with these issues over three generations.