Current exhibitions

19 February 2017 - 21 January 2018


Leidenschaft . Passion  -  In Focus: Pierre Soulages


The exhibition "Leidenschaft . Passion  -  In Focus: Pierre Soulages" opening at Museum Art.Plus on 19 February 2017 showcases works by the French painter Pierre Soulages (born in 1919 in Rodez, France).

An internationally renowned abstract artist, Pierre Soulages has been working exclusively in black since the 1970s, producing monochrome black paintings whose densely impastoed surfaces - at turns matt and glossy - he structures by means of deeply incised horizontal, diagonal or vertical lines and furrows that allow the paintings to enter into an absorbing dialogue with the light that falls on them.


Pierre Soulages © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016


Stefan Rohrer, Vespa, 2007 © Museum Art.Plus


Masayuki Koorida: Axis, 2010 © Museum Art.Plus



‘Pour moi, le noir, c'est un excès, une passion.' - ‘For me, black is an excess, a passion,' the artist sums up his obsession with his favourite colour.


Passion is the driving force of art. Complementing Pierre Soulages's paintings in the two central rooms are two- and three-dimensional works by other international artists in the adjacent spaces. The colour black is a leitmotif that runs through the entire exhibition. Abstract or figurative, on its own or in contrast with other colours, it has a different effect in each work.

The multifaceted exhibition allows visitors to reacquaint themselves with works shown over the course of the eight-year history of the museum and to get to know many of the collection's new discoveries.

Participating artists:
Manolo Ballesteros, Darío Alvarez Basso, Luigi Carboni, Tony Cragg, Philippe Dodard, Friedemann Flöther, Karl Gerstner, Ellsworth Kelly, Masayuki Koorida, Gerhard Langenfeld, Thomas Lenk, Helmut Middendorf, François Morellet, Nika Neelova, Nunzio, Pino Pinelli, Pizzi Cannella, Gert Riel, Stefan Rohrer, Piero Ruggeri, Felix Schlenker, Turi Simeti, Pierre Soulages, Sibylle Wagner



A glimpse into the exhibition "Leidenschaft . Passion - In Focus: Pierre Soulages":




2 July - 8 October 2017


Lothar Quinte - Sibylle Wagner : WECHSELBLICK (in the 2-RAUM of the Museum Art.Plus)


The third exhibition of the year in the 2-RAUM is devoted to Lothar Quinte and Sibylle Wagner.


Lothar Quinte - Sibylle Wagner : WECHSELBLICK © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2017


Lothar Quinte, 19/III, 1965© VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2017


Sibylle Wagner: nabelrot 1, 2017 (Ausschnitt) © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2017


Lothar Quinte (1923 - 2000) is recognised as a major German artist. His oeuvre mirrors the development of Modernism since 1945. Form, line, colour and movement are of primary importance; structure and composition are foregrounded. The freedom of art is the decisive element and gives rise to abstract paintings full of colour fields that either remain monochrome, black, occasionally cloudy or that are violently broken open by thin slashes of light and lines of intense colour.


Sibylle Wagner (*1952) picks up on Quinte's colour fields and play of light and carries them forward into the twenty-first century. Operating at the intersection between the disciplines of performance art, sculpture, painting and printmaking, she uses a wide range of materials from bronze to neon-coloured Perspex to create light objects and monochrome photographs. In many of her works, she takes Quinte's luminous slashes to a new level. Elliptically penetrating the surface and plummeting into the depth, they accentuate a body of work that is redolent with philosophical social critique and eroticism.

Text: Dr. Susanne Rockweiler, deputy director Berliner Festspiele / Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin