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  • Robert Ryman

    Kunstmuseum Bonn
    Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 2
    March 22–May 27

    For more than forty years, Robert Ryman has been exploring what could be called the historical institution of the practice of painting, putting all its material coordinates (support, signature, date, canvas edges, vertical orientation, attachment to the wall, lighting, etc.) into aesthetic motion. He has done so patiently, relentlessly—one is even tempted to say exhaustively, yet Ryman never fails to uncover some neglected aspect of the medium. Coorganized by the Haus der Kunst, Munich, where it is on view through March 18, the artist’s first retrospective since 1992-94 will include one of his most rahcal pieces ever: Varese Wall, 1975, a twenty-four-by-eight-foot freestanding wall not displayed since its creation.