FRED THIELER – PAINTING
November 1, 2013 to February 2, 2014
Curator: Eva Müller-Remmert
Fred Thieler's oeuvre is regarded as synonymous with the Informel movement and abstract pictorial worlds. His art is both the foundation and inspiration for his unwavering dedication not just as an artist , but also as a teacher, cultural politician and a champion of the arts in general. The MKM Museum Küppersmühle is now devoting a comprehensive retrospective to Fred Thieler, which traces the systematic development of his artistic output. Featuring some 100 exhibits, ranging from his works on paper and graphic art to his large-format canvases, this show documents the astonishing breadth of his creativity. Seminal pieces from numerous collections and museums complement key works of the artist from the Ströher Collection, which is housed in the MKM.
In 1965/66 Fred Thieler (1916-1999) designed the entire interior space of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Emmerich, with its representation of the 14 Stations of the Cross, and between 1989-91 he painted a ceiling mural in Munich's Residenztheater. A two-time documenta participant (1959 and 1964), Thieler was also professor at the Berlin Academy of Fine Arts from 1959-1981 and visiting professor in Minneapolis for two years. In 1991 he donated the "Fred Thieler Prize for Painting", which is now awarded in the Berlinische Galerie on a biennial basis.