color friends

March 22, 2011

my favorite museum to visit when i lived in munich was the lenbachhaus, an italian-style villa with a lovely fountained courtyard and so so so so soooo many rooms full of german romantics, expressionists, conceptualists, & more. the main attraction is their huge collection of kandinsky & blaue reiter work donated by gabriele munter, a “friend” of kandinsky’s. for that main collection, each of the rooms had been arranged by artist (marc, macke, kandinsky, etc.) and was designed by a different contemporary artist- the kandinsky room had a ceiling with lighting that changed ever-so-slightly by olafur eliasson! but my favorite was always the alexei jawlensky room with the walls and floor literally splashed–no, sprayed!–with color, the work of german artist katharina grosse.

the BOLD and BRIGHT and VIVID colors of both artists worked so well together- it made you notice so much more about each side. the giant movements of katharina’s spray-gun mimicked the heavy brushstrokes of jawlensky’s faces, while the simplified faces seemed to interact with katharina’s blasted fuzz and layers of paint. they are totally color friends now!

images via mass moca, this is nice yeah?, yale, etc etc etc & google.


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