Cologne

Peter Roehr

Galerie Paul Maenz

The principle of a calculated, axiomatic serial montage is the logo of West German artist Peter Roehr, who died in 1968 at the age of 24. For the 20th anniversary of his death, the Galerie Paul Maenz offered a survey of his work, recalling this artist’s remarkably self-contained overall conception. The inevitable and catchy essence of Roehr’s art is revealed once again in the 15 pieces here.

Roehr’s oeuvre consistently demonstrates the same principle: film footage, consumer objects, letters of the alphabet, texts, and advertising photos, in precise, linear, and completely lucid series, are turned into elements of uniform, extremely disciplined pictorial structures. Mounted together without any commentary, they are part of an effort to “escape the metaphysical conception of art,” according to Rudi Fuchs. The Volkswagen hubcap, the printed photograph of a cup of Maxwell House coffee, or

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