post-title Christian Roeckenschuss | Vision of the Universal | Köppe Contemporary | 23.08.-19.10.2019

Christian Roeckenschuss | Vision of the Universal | Köppe Contemporary | 23.08.-19.10.2019

Christian Roeckenschuss | Vision of the Universal | Köppe Contemporary | 23.08.-19.10.2019

Christian Roeckenschuss | Vision of the Universal | Köppe Contemporary | 23.08.-19.10.2019

until 19.10. | #2520ARTatBerlin | Köppe Contemporary shows from 23rd August 2019 the exhibition Christian Roeckenschuss – Vision of the Universal with sketches, drafts and panel paintings from the estate of the avant-garde artist of Op Art and Minimalism.

Christian Roeckenschuss (1929-2011) is one of the central Berlin protagonists of the post-war avant-garde.

In his main work, the Séquences Chromatiques (Stripes), Roeckenschuss saw his artistic-philosophical ideas implemented: “The Séquences Chromatiques contain the theme of being, nature and life as well as the whole being of man,” the artist wrote.

With their spiritual-philosophical and spiritual concerns, the Striped Paintings Roeckenschuss conceded a special position within Minimalism as well as Op-Art.


Personal contacts to the international avant-garde in France or Italy (including Hans Arp and Lucio Fontana) influenced Roeckenschuss’s early work. Joint exhibitions with artists such as Georg Baselitz, Heinz Mack, Otto Piene, Günther Uecker, Sigmar Polke and Gerhard Richter set the artist’s career in motion. With exhibitions in France, Italy, Belgium, England, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, and elsewhere, he became known internationally.

Roeckenschuss consistently developed his work through sketches and drafts. They played an important role in the artist’s search for an independent position within art.

On the basis of the approximately 400 sketches and miniatures that are available to the public from his estate, it is possible to trace the essential steps in the development of his work since 1954 on the way to his main work, the Séquences Chromatiques.

S140 – 9 x 9 cm, pencil and pastel on paper, 1957

Connections to the Berlin Op Art scene, joint exhibitions with Zero, artists close to Optical Art, and their leading heads – such as Wolfgang Ludwig, Henryk Berlewi, and Wolfgang Kahlen – all contributed to Roeckenschuss being repeatedly mentioned in the context of Zero Art and Op Art.

In fact, both styles with their fascinating perceptual effects, their optical effects, and their eye illusions were the impetus for Roeckenschuss’s unique long-term investigation, which he programmatically placed under the term “Vision of the Universal.

Nr. 38 -K200- 22.08.1959, 15 x 15 cm

Through the experience of Zero and Op-Art, Roeckenschuss’s art moved away from the static image and broke with traditional concepts of image construction. Chromatic or perceptual experiments with forms and colors ultimately gave rise to an equally poetic pictorial language that was later carried by metaphysical and spiritual thoughts.

Roeckenschuss’s main interest was in the potential possibilities of colours. He dealt with their symbolic, kinetic and spatial qualities. Surface and space, meditative calm and action-packed movement, light and shadow – his work moves between these poles.

Vernissage: Thursday, 22nd August 2019, 7:00-10:00 pm

Exhibition period: Friday, 23rd August – Saturday, 19 October 2019

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