Exhibitions

Exhibitions

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Arno Rink

I do paint!

18/04 — 16/09/2018

Arno Rink, Canto Libre, 1977, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie, © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018
Arno Rink, Canto Libre, 1977, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie, © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018
Arno Rink, Atelier IV, 2012, Privat collection, © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018
Arno Rink, Atelier IV, 2012, Privat collection, © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018
Arno Rink, Lied vom Oktober II/(October Song II, 1968, MdbK Collection, © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018
Arno Rink, Lied vom Oktober II/(October Song II, 1968, MdbK Collection, © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018
Arno Rink, Stürzender Aggressor/Falling aggressor, 1973, MdbK Collection, © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018
Arno Rink, Stürzender Aggressor/Falling aggressor, 1973, MdbK Collection, © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018
Arno Rink, Paar im Wind/Couple in the Wind, 1973, MdbK Collection© VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018
Arno Rink, Paar im Wind/Couple in the Wind, 1973, MdbK Collection© VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018
Arno Rink, Terror II, 1978/79, MdbK Collection, © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018
Arno Rink, Terror II, 1978/79, MdbK Collection, © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018

The painter and illustrator Arno Rink, who died last September, is regarded as an outstanding exponent of the second generation of the Leipzig School and a precursor of the New Leipzig School. With around 65 paintings, numerous large-format drawings and biographical photographs and documents, the retrospective exhibition illustrates his artistic cosmos. Sharp contours, exciting colour concepts, painstaking technique, bold composition and with no fear of pathos – this is how we generally envision Arno Rink’s perfect imagery.
However, his personal destiny and contemporary events leave traces, including in his work. The exhibition, which Arno Rink himself worked on, attempts to enable a deeper, more personal insight into his creative work than has been possible thus far. Behind attitude, pride and dignity is concealed a highly-sensitive artist who addresses and processes personal experiences directly in his pictures.
Arno Rink was born in 1940 in Schlotheim, Thuringia. He studied at the  Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig (HGB), firstly under Werner Tübke, Hans Mayer-Foreyt and Harry Blum,later primarily under Bernhard Heisig. In 1972 Arno Rink was appointed assistant at the HGB – the beginning of 35 years of teaching, which ended with the completion of the final Specialist Class for Painting in 2007. In the decisive years before and after German reunification Arno Rink exerted a key influence on the orientation of the school in his capacity as rector and vice-rector. As an artist and outstanding representative of the second generation of the Leipzig School, as a lecturer Arno Rink played a key, pioneering role as precursor of the New Leipzig School.

The “Arno Rink. Ich male!“ retrospective presents works from Arno Rink’s comparatively small oeuvre of some 200 paintings from all creative periods from 1965 to 2017, including a large portion of his major works. For the first time, collages and drawings from the estate that have never previously been shown publicly are on display, along with a number of uncompleted paintings. In a series of conversations conducted with Alfred Weidinger in the months before his death Arno Rink established the foundations for the retrospective, as well as selecting a number of works himself.

The catalogue (in german language) is published by Hirmer verlag and available from bookshops and at the museum ticket desk at the price of € 24,90

Arno Rink, Atelier IV, 2012, Privat collection, © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018
Arno Rink, Atelier IV, 2012, Privat collection, © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018
07/03 — 23/09/2018

Edith Karlson
Drama is in Your Head V

07/03 — 23/09/2018

Estonian artist Edith Karlson crafted the fifth part of her monumental sculpture work “Drama is in Your Head”, which adorns one of MdbK’s entrance halls.

07/03 — 16/09/2018

Blind Adam
In Trance

07/03 — 16/09/2018

The creative process of the visual artist springs from the realm between the perceivable and the imperceptible. MdbK exhibits the filmic artwork of Blind Adam, as well as single installations.

07/03 — 23/09/2018

Sighard Gille
Auswildern

07/03 — 23/09/2018

The universal “WE” of the state disappeared with the fall of the Wall. From this point onwards, everyone had to make their own way. In 1991 this situation was addressed by Sighard Gille with individual aspects represented in a multifigure installation of life-size papier mâché figures.

© VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018
© VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018
07/09/2018 — 10/02/2019

Klaus Hähner-Springmühl

07/09/2018 — 10/02/2019

Klaus Hähner-Springmühl was one of the most influential artists of the oppositional art scene in East Germany. The MdbK has gone through his artistic legacy and compiled this retrospective, in conjunction with previously unshown works lent by private collections.

13/09 — 02/12/2018

August Sander
The master`s choice

13/09 — 02/12/2018

August Sander (1876–1964) is regarded as one of the leading photographers of the 20th century. The MdbK is exhibiting a selection of 70 pictures from his famous portrait series Menschen des 20. Jahrhunderts (People of the 20th Century).

26/09/2018 — 06/01/2019

Gerd Rohling
Der Sprung (The Leap)

26/09/2018 — 06/01/2019

A flea market in the Wedding district of Berlin shortly after German reunification – meat and drink to Gerd Rohling. With his artistic interventions he created a truly social sculpture filled with irony and bite. This multi-part installation is now on show in a museum for the first time.

07/12/2018 — 10/02/2019

Marion Ermer Preis 2018

07/12/2018 — 10/02/2019

This year sees the Marion Ermer Prize for young artists from the new federal states, founded in 2011, awarded to Fine Bieler, Ronny Bulik, Kirill Gluschenko and Jana Schulz.

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