My Poetry is Colour

July 1 – September 18, 2016


The painter Rolf-Gunter Dienst (1942-2016) is best known for his “written” paintings, in which he combines colour with scriptive elements, inspired by art, literature and music. The MKM is devoting a comprehensive retrospective to the artist who was also an acclaimed author and art critic.


Surveying Dienst's entire oeuvre, the show details his development from his early works, strongly influenced by the Informel movement, and his initial essays with his signature “Kürzel” or cipher, which was to become the organisational principle of his paintings, through to his more recent canvases, which reflect his continuing pre-occupation with the paintings' internal structure and the impact of colour.

Organisation / Sponsoring

„ROLF-GUNTER DIENST. My Poetry is Colour“ ia an exhibition project of the Stiftung für Kunst und Kultur e.V., curated by Ina Hesselmann.


The exhibition is kindly supported by Sal. Oppenheim.


Accompanying the exhibition is a comprehensive catalogue with contributions by Gottfried Böhm, Ina Hesselmann, Franz Mon and Thomas Wagner [german ed. 29,- EUR museum edition, 182 p., 145 coloured, 17 b/w illustrations. Wienand Verlag, Köln, ISBN 978-3-86832-332-0].