Gotthard Graubner
Homage on the occasion of his 90th birthday

Gotthard Graubner (1930–2013) addresses the medium colour in his works. Colour is at the core of his pictorial concept and free of representational or thematic integration. It stands for itself and has its own expression: »Colour develops as a colour-organism; I observe how it grows, I respect the laws inherent in it«, Graubner once said in 1969.

Starting out from monochrome painting, Gotthard Graubner developed what he himself called Kissenbilder (cushion paintings) since the mid 1960s, refining them later into Farbraumkörper (colour space bodies), which transcend the flat, two-dimensional boundaries of the conventional panel.

Our homage on the occasion of Gotthard Graubners 90th birthday brings together works from the early creative phase of the 1960s as well as the space-consuming Farbraumkörper in different sizes concieved in later years.

Gotthard Graubner took part in the Documenta in Kassel in 1968 and 1977. In 1982, he represented West Germany at the 40th Venice Biennale. The works he created for the German Pavilion were later acquired by the Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt. From 1976 to 1998, Graubner was a professor at the Staatliche Kunstakademie in Duüsseldorf. In 1988, he created two large Farbraumkörper for the Bellevue Palace in Berlin, the official residence of the Federal President. In 1999, he was commissioned to create a Farbraumkörper for the Federal Art Collection in the Reichstag Building, Berlin.