Imi Knoebel has been recognised by the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and has been named Chevalier (Knight) of the Order.
The Order of Arts and Letters is an Order of Merit in France, established in 1957 by the Minister of Culture. Since its inception, its purpose has been the recognition of significant contributions to the field of arts and literature.
The accolade is symbolised by an eight-point, green-enamel asterisk in silver, which is awarded to 200 recipients each year
The German artist is being celebrated in France, notably for his design of three new stained glass windows for the Cathedral of Reims, which was severely damaged in World War I.
Knoebel’s influential oeuvre includes sculpture, painting, installation and photography.
Left to right: Dr Ursula Sinnreich (General secretary of the North Rhine-Westphalia Kunststiftung), Imi Knoebel, Philippe Étienne (French ambassador to Germany)
Photo: Susanne Diesner