Imi Knoebel



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Current gallery exhibition

Green Flags

18 January – 11 March 2023
White Cube Hong Kong

In 1913, Russian artist Kazimir Malevich (1879–1935) made what is widely regarded as modern art’s first entirely abstract work, the self-descriptively titled painting Black Square. As a student, German painter Imi Knoebel was inspired by Malevich’s theory of Suprematism, which rejected all representational imagery in favour of the ‘supremacy of pure artistic feeling’. When Knoebel joined Joseph Beuys’ class at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in 1964, the young artist began his career-long exploration of the expressive potential of art’s fundamental building blocks – line, form, colour and material.

Today, at 82, Knoebel creates an ever-evolving flow of nonobjective works. Ranging from geometric to freeform, from monochrome to multiple colours, they are inspired by his hands-on studio experiments rather than any overarching program. ‘When I am asked about what I think when I look at a painting’ Knoebel has said, ‘I can only answer that I don’t think at all; I look at it and can only take in the beauty, and I don’t want to see it in relation to anything else. Only what I see, simply because it has its own validity.’


Upcoming gallery exhibition

Once Upon a Time

8 February – 26 March 2023
White Cube Bermondsey

Imi Knoebel’s exhibition ‘Once Upon a Time’ at White Cube Bermondsey, includes examples from three new painting series as well as a major installation exhibited for the first time. Exploring recent directions in Knoebel’s ever-evolving engagement with non-representational art, the project also contains an element of storytelling, as the title suggests – the result of Knoebel looking back at his career as an abstract artist.


Past gallery exhibitions