29/04/2016 – 26/06/2016
With their geometric shapes such as circles, ellipses and triangles, Ribbeck’s small-format, abstract paintings convey a fascinating depth and aura of color and form. In an intensive artistic process of applying and abrading paint, Ribbeck creates compositions from multilayered and overlapping fields and geometric lines. His work repeatedly reflects all kinds of modern aesthetic strategies, with the result that his concentrated images reference the history of abstraction in the Wilhelm Hack Museum collection in a fascinating way.
The exhibition presents several work series from his oeuvre to date from private and public collections within an exhibition architecture concept specially designed with artist Raphael Danke. Thanks to the museum’s open interior layout, the works enter into dialog with the art-historical pieces from the Wilhelm Hack Museum collection on both a thematic and a spatial level.
Bernd Ribbeck (born 1974 in Cologne) lives and works in Berlin. After studying Art History he completed studies in Painting at the Berlin University of Arts, Akademie der bildenden Künste München and the Düsseldorf Art Academy. In 2002, he lived and worked in the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris and in 2005 was awarded the DAAD travel scholarship for Paris. In 2012 Ribbeck took part in the artist in residence program at the 21er Haus, Vienna. He has been represented in numerous exhibitions in Germany and abroad since 2000, for example Manifesta 7, Trentino (2008), The Long Dark, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge (2010), Rudolf Steiner und die Kunst der Gegenwart, Wolfsburg/Stuttgart (2010/11) and Made in Germany Zwei, Hanover (2012).
The exhibition and catalog were produced in cooperation with Museum Haus Konstruktiv in Zurich.
Curator: René Zechlin (Director, Wilhelm Hack Museum Ludwigshafen/Rhine)