Walter De Maria 12-Sided, 11-Sided and 10-Sided Open Polygon 1984. In the background: Blinky Palermo Black, Red, White 1975; photo: Franz Kimmel, (c) Estate of Walter De Maria and (c) VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Maximalism in Minimalism
Minimal Art in the United States and Germany

Guided tour by the VHS Traunreut around DASMAXIMUM
Saturday 16 November 2019 10 a.m. — 12 noon

Minimal Art arose in the 1960s in the United States as a counter-movement to the prevailing abstractly gestural painting and the apparently trivial world of images of pop art. The artists employed industrial materials and production processes in order to serially produce simple geometric forms, apparently without any artistic signature. Objects came about that were not supposed to admit any illusory or metaphorical associations. "What you see is what you see," said Frank Stella, an important proponent of Minimal Art.

Not least of all through the efforts of Heiner Friedrich, Minimal Art found its feet also in Germany. In his galleries he showed works of the most important American proponents of Minimal Art such as Walter De Maria and Dan Flavin, who, in turn, stimulated young German artists such as Imi Knoebel and Blinky Palermo to undertake minimalist experiments without, however, subjugating themselves to rigid canonical forms.

On the guided tour we will enter the apparently barren world of minimalism and discover a maximum of pleasure in painting, joy in colour and creative room for play in self-aware artistic self-limitation.

Tickets: 10 EUR (concessions available)
Meeting place: 10.00 a.m. at the DASMAXIMUM
led by Dr Maria Schindelegger
Registration: vhs Traunreut e.V., Marienstraße 20, 83301 Traunreut, Tel: 08669 86480, Fax: 08669 864828,