• Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf – Stiftung Sammlung Kemp, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, Foto: Horst Kolberg
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    Gotthard Graubner, ohne Titel, 1983/84
    © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018
  • Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck,  © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018
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    Gotthard Graubner, Mönche im Kloster Wangdue Phodrang in Bhutan, 1976
    © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018
  • © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, Foto: Dr. Thomas Köster
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    Exhibition view, Gotthard Graubner, Schwall, 1972, Neues Museum Nürnberg, donation Marianne and Hansfried Defet to the Förderstiftung Neues Museum Nürnberg 1999, Gotthard Graubner, Farbraumkörper 3, 1973, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Gotthard Graubner, untitled, 1969, SCHAUWERK Sindelfingen, Gotthard Graubner, Farbraumkörper 3, 1971, GDKE - Direction Landesmuseum Mainz, Gotthard Graubner, dharma V, 1977, Neues Museum Nürnberg - Sammlung Bockmann, standing Bud ha with teaching gesture, Thailand, Dvaravati, 8. Jh., collection Viktor und Marianne Langen
    © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, photo: Dr. Thomas Köster
  • H.R. Pohl, Köln, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, Foto: Dr. Thomas Köster
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    Gotthard Graubner, Lapilli, 1995
    © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, H.R. Pohl, Köln, photo: Dr. Thomas Köster
  • Sammlung Elke und Anna Dröscher, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, Foto: Dirk Masbaum
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    Gotthard Graubner, untitled, 1957
    © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, Collection Elke and Anna Dröscher, photo: Dirk Masbaum
  • Privatsammlung, Meerbusch, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, Foto: Dejan Saric
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    Gotthard Graubner, Ibiza (gesacktes Kissen), 1970
    © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, private collection, Meerbusch, photo: Dejan Saric
  • Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main, © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn 2018, Foto: Dr. Thomas Köster
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    Gotthard Graubner, Venezia (Triptychon), 1982
    © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn 2018, Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main, photo: Dr. Thomas Köster
  • Sammlung Siegfried und Jutta Weishaupt, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, Foto: Dr. Thomas Köster
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    © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, Sammlung Siegfried und Jutta Weishaupt, photo: Dr. Thomas Köster

Gotthard Graubner

Breathing with the Paintings
18. Feb 2018 – 10. Feb 2019

About the exhibition

The Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck is dedicating a major exhibition to Gotthard Graubner (1930–2013), one of the most important abstract painters of our age.

Gotthard Graubner maintained close ties to the Bahnhof Rolandseck from the 1970s onwards. Like numerous other artists, he valued, breathed life into and left his mark on this special location.The show's point of departure is ten extraordinary black-and-white photographs of dancing monks from the Whangdue Phodrang monastery that he took while in Bhutan in 1976 and that are now part of the museum's collection.

Following Graubner's interest in Buddhism, the atmosphere of the exhibition is permeated by this theme. Such formal elements as transparence, lightness and penetration as well as color surface as a living organism all play a role. This is evident not only in the impressive Farbraumkörper [Color Space Bodies] but also in the artist's print works. Biographical notes, such as the body prints in the portfolio Simulacrum from 1978, bring Graubner's authorship vividly to light.

The approximately 50 works allow visitors to trace his development from a muted palette to a veritable ecstasy of colors, to silently immerse themselves in the color spaces, and to – as intended by the artist himself – "breath together with the pictures".


Curator of Contemporary Art

Jutta Mattern M.A.

+49 2228 9425-13

Head of Communication

Claudia Seiffert M.A.

+49 2228 9425-39

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