Developement from 1923 – 1924 of the figurative to an abstract rose

for concret-constructive art

03.11.2018 – 17.02.2019

The fifth time, kunsthalle messmer will be awarding one of the world’s most important art prizes in the field of Concrete-Constructive Art. The 100 selected works provide a deep insight into the current and international work of the concrete-constructive scene. The exhibition presents a tableau of various media and formal languages, which come together under the patronage of the concrete-constructive. This exhibition shows clearly how different and private the artists have dealt with the same direction of art.

A renowned jury of experts will select the winner of this highly endowed prize. The jury consists of the collector and museum founder Marli Hoppe-Ritter from Waldenbuch, Sabine Schaschl, director and leading curator of the Museum Haus Konstruktiv in Zurich, and Ewald Karl Schrade, gallery owner and initiator of the Art Karlsruhe. The winning prize of 10,000 euros will be shared among the top three artists of the exhibition. Also there will be an audience award.


Dedicated to the Art Prize André Evard (1876-1972), who is regarded as a pioneer of Swiss Modernism and devoted himself during his lifetime not to the abstract-geometric art but also to the figurative form of paintings.

» André Evard hat sich nach vorne, ganz an die Spitze, verirrt, ohne vielleicht darüber bewusst zu sein. Er war den Weg eines Eugenbrötlers gegangen, ohne dass ihm hierbei der Gedanke gekommen wäre, dass er bereits einige Jahre Vorsprung vor seinen Zeitgenossen hatte […] «                                      – DAS WERK, Heft Nr. 4, 1927

The term “constructive”, derived from the constructivism of Vladimir Tatlin’s relief constructions and the suprematist works of Kasimir Malevich (1914), refers to an abstract, non-objective painting and sculpture. Line, area and color are used freely. “Concrete” means the working method of an artist, who describes his work according to a predetermined, for example geometrical-mathematical concept and thus sets the spontaneous action limits.                                                                                                         In its truest meaning, it is not “abstract,” since it does not abstract anything existing in material reality, but, on the contrary, materializes the spiritual. It has no symbolic meaning, and is produced purely by geometric construction. The term Concrete Art was introduced in 1924 by Theo van Doesburg and programmatically defined in 1930 in a manifesto when the group “Art concret” was founded.

Visitor information
Opening hours Tue – Sun, 10 am – 5 pm Admission 12.50 €, reduced 10.50 € |
Free admission with museum pass Guided tours Sundays 14:30 – 5 € plus admission /
Second Wednesday of the month 17:00 – free of charge as part of the entry /
Private groups by appointment from 90 € plus admission 


On115 pages you’ll get to know the nominees of the 5th International Andrè Evard Prize and their work. In addition, the catalog provides a biographical overview of André Evard with its main stations.

12,80 € Exklusively in our museum shop 


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