Axel Rohlfs

The German Axel Rohlfs is a contemporary painter of concrete art and author of concrete and visual poetry. His innovation in the field of concrete art is the forming of two partial figures into a double figure. For example, he creates double knots and double spirals, which can be discovered again and again in his works of art.

Born 1971 in Bremen; Lives and works in Bremen and Hamburg
1991-1997 Studied architecture at the TU Berlin
2003 Assistant of the artist Prof. Vera Molnar

A Exhibitions (selection)

2003 University Collections Art and Technology Dresden Dresden
2004 Museum Modern Art Hünfeld
2005 Institute for Constructive Art and Concrete Poetry
2006 Museum of Contemporary Art Moscow
2007 Kunsthalle Messmer Riegel
2009 Vasarely-Muzeum Budapest
2011 Museum in the Kulturspeicher Würzburg
2014 Academy Gallery in the Weisbach House Plauen

Collections (selection)

Museum for Concrete Art Ingolstadt
Museum in the Kulturspeicher Würzburg
Mobile MADI Museum
Szépmüvészeti Muzeum Budapest

Axel Rohlfs

Otto Laszlo

Laszlo Otto, Yantra-ipsum-līlāi, 2012, acrylic on canvas Ⓒ messmer foundation

Ottó László is a contemporary Hungarian artist of the abstract-constructive direction. His geometric art deals with the question of being. For him,  colour reflects the diversity of life. Furthermore, he pursues the goal of creating images that give the viewer the opportunity to experience spiritual contents.

born in 1966 in Pécs, Hungary
Studies at the Technical University of Budapest
Studies at the Free School of Art, Pécs
lives and works in Budapest

Exhibitions (Selection)

1994 Pécs Art Gallery
1998 Kozelites Gallery Pécs
2002 MEO Art Fair Budapest
2003 Suzuki Gallery Kyoto
2006 Gallery Szinyei Szalon Budapest
2009 Museum of Modern Art Hünfeld
2009 Kunsthalle Messmer Riegel
2011 Centre d’Art Contemporain Frank Popper
2012 Museum Vasarely Budapest

Collection (Selection)

Museum Gallery of Paks
Museum Modern Art Hünfeld
Universalmuseum Joanneum Graz

Ottó László


Willy Müller-Brittnau

The Swiss artist Willy Müller-Brittnau is known for his expressive landscapes. His encounter with American action painting in 1958 was a key experience for him. He then developed a geometric visual language and made outstanding contributions to colour field painting and signal art in the 1960s and 1970s. In addition to painting, drawing and printmaking, he created numerous site-specific sculptures and developed color designs for buildings. In addition, he has assembled an excellent collection of concrete art and Pop Art himself.

born 1938 in Winterthur, died 2003 in Oftringen
1954-1955 Preliminary course at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Zurich
by 1963 Work as a retoucher, paints on the side
1976 resigns from public life
1980 Return with violent, gestural images

Exhibitions (selection)

1959 Verbindungshalle Stadtsaal Zofingen
1964 Galerie zur alten Kanzlei Zofingen
1968 Galerie 68 Strengelbach
1971 Stadthaus Olten
1985 Trudelhaus Baden
1986 Galerie Lenzburg
1990 Amtshimmel Baden
2003 Kunst im alten Schützenhaus Zofingen

Dario Pérez-Flores

Dario Pérez-Flores had brought the fascinating abundance of South American colour to Paris from Venezuela, they say.  For the artist, color is a means of expressing his creativity. After his first works, at that time still with sculptures made of movable metal and acrylic, Flores created his initial works with grids driven by a motor. His works thus represent a symbiotic relationship between colour, space and depth.
The strictly geometric panels, adorned with very thin stalks, also reach into space. This allows the viewer to experience the noises and vibrations of the kinetic images with the slightest movement. His sculptural skills combined with his concrete-constructive compositions often contain tiny motors that move the color tubes in his works.

Born 1935 in Venezuela
19571-1961 Studies “Des Arts Plastiques de Valencia”, Venezuela,
1965-1967  Literaturstudium,
1970 Relocation to France
1970-1973 Study “Des Arts Plastiques” in Vincennes-Paris, France
Lives and works in Paris

Exhibitions (selection)

Since 1971 numerous exhibitions in France, Italy, Switzerland and Venezuela
Ab 1981 Artists of the Galerie Denise René with exhibitions and fair participations worldwide

Gunter Frentzel

The Swiss artist Gunter Frentzel creates sculptures and installations. His sculptures are constructional structures made of industrially manufactured iron rods or strips and untreated stone. The individual elements of the sculpture are held together merely by the principle of force and counterforce, so that the sculptures are always in a state of tension and can jump apart at any time as soon as the state of equilibrium is disturbed. In their radical simplicity, his sculptures approach Minimal Art. Balance fascinates the artist, but also the fact that all works can easily be rebuilt in another place. This lightness also characterizes his laser sculptures, which he projects into the night sky. The artist has lived and worked in Rüttenen, Switzerland since 1960.

Born 1935 Berlin
1956 Diploma as sculptor (art school Wiesbaden
1957 Diploma as stonemason
1960-1971 Artistic director of a stone sculptor and stonemason company
1972 Freelance artist
1979 First solo exhibition at the Galerie Lydia Megert in Bern
1988 Special prize for sculpture and installations of the canton Solothurn
1999 Art Prize of the Canton of Solothurn

Alberto Magnelli


Work in the collection: Untitled, 1957 – oil on paper – 65 x 60 cm.

* July 1, 1888 in Florence; † April 20, 1971 in Meudon

He learns to paint as an autodidact. In fact, he does not attend school or art academy and prefers to often visit museums and churches. Until 1914, for example, he painted landscapes, people and still lifes. Then his compositions gradually became more abstract; he called them “invented pictures”. His first solo exhibition took place in 1921. In the 1920s and 1930s he painted fantasy landscapes that came close to metaphysical painting.

The artist travels to Paris at the age of 26. There Magnelli met Pablo Picasso and Fernand Léger. He achieves a much acclaimed championship. Alberto Magnelli took part in the documenta in Kassel in 1955 and 1959.

From 1931 to 1934 he began the series of “Stones”, in which he showed shapes inspired by the marble quarries of Carrara (Italy). These composite stones seem to tell a story, with the artist highlighting the soft folding of the austerity of personal architecture. From 1934 he only painted abstractly. Parallel to his painting he created a work consisting of etchings and lithographs.

In the 1940s, he made collages in which he used burnt sheet metal, packaging canvas, and paint. After the war, Magnelli preferred compositions in which geometric forms, ellipses, and lines were drawn on monochrome surfaces. Alberto Magnelli has asserted himself through numerous detours, which have gradually created his own world of expression, in the geometric abstraction that favours order and rigour.

Exhibitions (selection)

1950 Biennale Venedig
1954 Palais-des-Beaux-Arts Brüssel
1955 documenta I
1959 documenta II
1963 Kunsthaus Zürich
1968 Museum für moderne Kunst in Paris

Roland Phleps

The artist Roland Phleps, who comes from Romania, is an artist who can be assigned to concrete art. He therefore does not try to depict or abstract what already exists, but works from the outset only with geometric mathematical formulas and elements. Therefore, simple geometric basic forms such as squares, rectangles, circular forms, ellipses and parallelograms determine his works. He wants to address the emotional feelings of his viewers.

Born. 1924 in Hermannstadt / Siebenbürgen (Romania)
resides and works in Freiburg
1945-1950 Medical studies in Tübingen and Göttingen, state examination and doctorate in Tübingen
1983-1984 Experiments with geometric constructions in aluminium sheet metal
Since 1992 Sculptures made of bent stainless steel sheet, which can be assigned to the style of “Concrete Art “
Since 1993 Solo and permanent exhibitions of sculptures in public space
1997 Foundation of the Foundation for Concrete Art Roland Phlepse

Exhibitions (selection)

Since 1999 solo and group exhibitions with own sculptures in the sculpture hall built by the foundation in Freiburg-Zähringen
participation in exhibitions among others in the gallery Neher, in Essen, the Technical University Dresden and the gallery Emilia Suciu in Ettlingen.

Roland Phleps

A. R. Penck

born 1939 in Dresden

Exhibitions (selection)

1968 “ German Avant-Garde 3: A.R. Penck, Pictures”, Hake Gallery, Cologne
1971 Connection to artist group Lücke
1975 “A.R. Penck”, Kunsthalle Bern
“A.R. Penck”, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
1976 Encounter with painter Jörg Immendorff, work together in the following years
1978 Museum Ludwig, Cologne
” A.R. Penck. Y.. Drawings until 1975″, Kunstmuseum Basel
1980 Expatriation and relocation to the West
1981 “A.R. Penck. Paintings”, Sonnabend Gallery, New York
1982 “A.R. Penck”, Gallery Lucio Amelio, Naples
” A.R.Penck. 45 drawings. Layers of Consciousness”, Kunstmuseum Bonn
1984  Gallery Watari, Tokyo
Waddington Galleries, London
“The poetry of vision”, The Guinness Hop Store, Dublin
“A.R. Penck. Recent Paintings”, Akira Ikeda Gallery, Tokio
1989 “A.R. Penck”, Mary Boone Gallery, New York
“A.R. Penck. A Survey of Prints”, Stuart Gerstman Galleries, Richmond, Australia
1995 “Couplet 4. A.R. Penck. Beelden/sculptures”, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
“A.R. Penck”, Galleryism, Seoul
1997 “A.R. Penck”, The Museum of Art, Kochi, Japan
2003 ” A.R. Penck. Beyond wars. Pictures from the year 2002″, Gallery Michael Werner, Cologne
2013 „Immendorff. Penck. Lüpertz. Works from a private collection, Städtische
Gallery in an empty bag, Regensburg
2014 “Germany divided: Baselitz and his generation“, British Museum, London

André Evard

André Evard – Selbstportrait – 1913 © messmer foundation

André Evard is a Swiss artist who produced abstract-constructive works at a very early age and is therefore regarded as a pioneer of Swiss modernism. He refused the art market and never had a gallery owner to look after him. As a result, the importance of André Evard for the development of the Swiss avant-garde was increasingly forgotten and he did not receive the recognition he deserved. He remained a loner throughout his life,  developed from the beginning an independent pictorial language and a specific point of view, which is also reflected in his works.

Evard forms the core of the Messmer Collection. The American collector Henry Drake drew the attention of Jürgen A. Messmer to the Swiss artist’s work, which fascinated him so much that in 1978 he decided to acquire the majority of the estate. The messmer foundation has set itself the task of giving the artist André Evard the place in art history that he deserves.

Born 1876 in Renan (Switzerland), Died. 1972 in La Chaux-de-Fonds (Switzerland)
1879 After his father’s death moves to the watch town of La Chaux-de-Fonds (Switzerland)
1902 Opening of the “Maison d’art” with artisan products in the Art Nouveau style.
1904 – 1906 Attend evening courses at the local arts and crafts school “Ecole d’Art.
1906 – 1909 Master pupil of Charles L’Eplattenier, the founder of the “style sapin”, a special form of Swiss Art Nouveau. Evard’s friends include Le Corbusier, with whom he painted various private villas, Georges Aubert, Octave Matthey and Léon Perrin.
1907 Study trip to Italy
1908 First collages are created
1908 – 1913 Working in enamel
1913 first geometric-abstract composition with cubistic features
1923 – 1927 Lives and works in Paris. Encounter with Braque, Delaunay, Léger, Mondrian. Theo van Doesburg wants to win Evard to work in the “De Stijl” group.
1924 – 1926 numerous constructive works are created.
1936 Participation in the Zurich exhibition “Zeitprobleme der Schweizer Malerei und Plastik” (Time Problems of Swiss Painting and Sculpture)
1937 Evard becomes a member of the newly founded artist group “Allianz”.
1951 Retrospective at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in La Chaux-de-Fonds

Bruno Erdmann

Bruno Erdmann was a German artist of Informel and concrete painting.

Born 1915 in Darmstadt, died. 2003 ibidem.
studies at the Städelschule in Frankfurt with Johann Vincenz Cissarz, Karl Peter Röhl and Franz Kalr Delavilla
1943-1944 Theatre painter with Max Fritzsche at the Landestheater Darmstadt
1956 joined the New Darmstadt Secession.
1981 Villa Romana Award followed by a ten-month stay in Florence.
1956-1968 cityscapes
Informal painting with a “constructive” (1958 – 1960) and a gestural group with “night” pictures (1960 – 1964)
1964-1966 gestural-abstract watercolours and watercolour collages
1967-1973 Collages on Japanese paper, which were initially gestural-abstract, then geometric-constructive.
1973 began to paint again

Since the end of the 1970s years he has been researching themes such as surface and space, framing and framed, light and silence in rectangular compositions as well as horizontal (and less vertical) layers in colour reduction.