This exhibition considers works of American Conceptual Art and Minimalism from the collection of Düsseldorf gallerist couple Dorothee and Konrad Fischer. The Fischers were one of the first European art dealers to take a consistent interest in the latest art of their own time. Regarded with justice as a pioneer of Conceptual Art, he converted his exhibition space into a meeting point for artists and collectors from around the world, catapulting Düsseldorf to the forefront of the contemporary avant-garde scene. The exhibition juxtaposes paintings of artists like Jackson Pollock and Robert Rauschenberg – which primarily target the senses and emotions – with conspicuously “aloof” works of Conceptual Art, depicting the radical upheaval in the forms of creative expression occurred in tandem with the societal transformations around 1968. Emerging alongside innovative approaches to painting was an art that opposed the conceptual aspect, the idea – now regarded as a valid work of art in and of itself, and without being materialized in an object – to the subjectivity of painterly gesture.
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