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Imi Knoebel

Galerie Rudolf Zwirner

Upon entering the gallery, one instantly sensed that the five pieces on display here were created specifically for this environment; they related directly to the multilevel space, scattered as they were over the three levels of the gallery. Four of the paintings—Arbeit Stahl (Labor steel, 1988), O mein Schatz (Oh my darling, 1988), Mama, Look at the Sea, 1988, and Die Töchter (The daughters, 1988)—could be viewed from the entrance, as if they occupied a simultaneous stage. The emphasis of the presentation was on an order that the viewer could experience and understand intuitively, an arrangement that Imi Knoebel staged without external intrusions. Walking through the gallery, the viewer found that just as one painting disappeared from sight, another appeared; each individual work could be assigned both a tectonic and a sculptural value.

Corresponding to Knoebel’s established practice, all

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