Creation in Form and Color
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From November 5, 2016, through March 5, 2017, the Kunsthalle Bielefeld, in collaboration with the Berkeley Art Museum (California, USA), will present the exhibition Creation in Form and Color, dealing with the work of the German-born painter, Hans Hofmann.
Hofmann was born in 1880 in Weissenburg, Bavaria, and died in 1966 in New York. After immigrating to the United States in 1932, he became one of the most influential teachers to a new generation of artists there, who, in turn, influenced the New York school of Abstract Expressionism. Artists such as Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, and Helen Frankenthaler were fundamentally affected by his teachings of modern European theories of painting. Thanks to his studies and life in Munich and Paris, Hofmann was well acquainted with the important European artists, such as Braque, Picasso, Matisse, Robert Delaunay, Sonia Delaunay-Terk, and the members of the Der Blaue Reiter group.
It was not until 2014, after years of research, that Hans Hofmann’s catalogue raisonné was completed. Thanks to this research, works that have never been shown in public have been discovered and integrated into the concept, so that the exhibition provides a new perspective of the oeuvre of this avant-garde modernist, who still remains largely unknown in Germany. The show will open in Bielefeld, and then travel to the Musée national d`histoire et d`art, Luxembourg.
The exhibition is sponsored by the Renate, Hans und Maria Hofmann Trust, New York, and the Stiftung der Sparkasse Bielefeld.