September 22 - November 5, 2017

In cooperation with the Leopold-Hoesch-Museum, Düren

The unsung hero among the pioneers of post-war German art, Fred Dahmen was a highly influential figure in the German Informel movement. To mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of this acclaimed painter and object artist, the MKM and the Leopold-Hoesch-Museum are mounting the hitherto most comprehensive retrospective of the artist's work in 2017. On view are paintings, collages, display cases and installations, with which the documenta participant Dahmen launched his new artistic beginning, following his years of censorship under the Third Reich. Dahmen, who had always regarded his application of "abstraction as a lingua franca" as an open-ended experiment, forged an enormously versatile oeuvre, which this exhibition sets out to showcase.

WORKS 1964 - 2017

November 17, 2017 - January 28, 2018


Born in 1938, Bernd Koberling is as much a preserver as innovator of the painterly possibilities of Modernism. Independent, and a great individualist among the post-war generation of his contemporaries, who range from Baselitz, Kiefer, Kirkeby, Lüpertz and Penck, Polke and Richter to Gotthard Graubner, his painting has always remained at the vanguard of its time.

Predicated on his conceptual Expressionism and the defiant “irreproducibility” of his own emotional world, he adheres formally to his lifelong themes in an ever-changing and evanescent world: The landscape as a symbol of human existence, which in colour and light, uncompromisingly and boldly, gently and in contemplative tranquillity demands to be rediscovered today.

Accompanying the exhibition is a richly illustrated catalogue, which, together with detailed essays, grant a comprehensive insight into the work of Bernd Koberling, from both a historical and contemporary perspective.