Online exhibition

specific positions

In a narrow sense, the concept of Concrete Art is a non-figurative movement that formed out of Constructivism and its related styles-such as De Stijl in the Netherlands and Suprematism in the early Soviet period. Today, the range of concrete positions stretches further. Initially, the term competed with absolute art, which then took its own course. The concrete art turned against the representation of defaults from nature or the visible environment, but also against the designation of abstraction, since its representatives transported quite contents, thus not nothing. In the course of industrialization, later digitalization, and finally networking, the focus of - concrete - interest was no longer on emotional, but on intellectual access and eye level to technical innovations. Color and form became even the content, design and free art merged into one.

The titles often already express the complexity of the concrete references, be they borrowed from the world of experience but with completely new connotations (such as "Day and Night" by W. Gaul), succinct descriptions of being (as in A. Stankowski's "Eight Squares on Orange"), archival numerations (e.g. "6/III" by L. Quinte), or simply and deliberately untitled (in A. Fleischmann, A. Martinmüller, A. Mavignier, and others). Formally, the concrete positions overlap with other currents such as Minimalism, Hard Edge, Op Art, or Zero, all of which represent varieties of an artistic self-reference. More recent developments take account of a globalization beyond geometrization, which is reflected in the networking with material-spatial (P. Sehringer) or spiritual-cultural (C. Leberer) inspirations.

In short:
"Concrete positions" are not a reduction to abstract ideas, but absolute settings of the human spirit, which are as present as the creations of nature. "Art," said Paul Klee, "does not reflect the visible, but makes visible."
Schloss Dätzingen / D-71120 Grafenau
T + 49 (0) 70 33 / 4 13 94
F + 49 (0) 70 33 / 4 49 23
Opening hours
Wednesday – Friday 11 – 18.30
Saturday 11 – 16
or by appointment
Kleiner Schlossplatz 11 / D-70173 Stuttgart
T + 49 (0) 711 / 120 41 51
F + 49 (0) 711 / 120 42 80
Opening hours
Tuesday – Friday 11 – 19
Saturday 11 – 17
or by appointment

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