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Niele Toroni.

13th Rubens Prize of the City of Siegen

02.07. – 15.10.2017

“Imprints of a No. 50 Paintbrush Repeated at Regular Intervals of 30 cm” is the title Niele Toroni gives to every one of his works. In this way, he laconically describes precisely what he does: place a regular pattern of brush imprints onto various surfaces – canvas, paper, glass, the wall – working with primary colours.

Niele Toroni_Raumansicht_MGKSiegen_2017_7 Niele Toroni, "Imprints of a number 50 brush at regular intervals". Exhibition view Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen 2017 Start diashow

This rule has defined his life's work for 50 years. Looking very carefully, we can see that no one brush imprint is exactly the same as another. But in other respects, too, we discern that the rule permits an astonishingly large number of possible variations. Toroni engages spontaneously with the exhibition spaces and covers large walls as well as out of the way places, where the viewer's glance is never likely to fall.
Since the 1960s, questions have been asked about whether painting is still up-to-date in a world inundated by images, and whether abstract painting has arrived at its inevitable end. Toroni, the painter-philosopher, has found a disarming response – albeit not without an ironic wink. His painting calls to our attention and highlights the beauty of the world that surrounds us, to be achieved only through painting. It is impossible to conceive of 20th century painting without him. On the occasion of the award of the 13th Rubens Prize, Toroni will be showing the surprises his painting holds in store within an exciting sequence of rooms.

A richly illustrated exhibition catalogue with works since 2002 has been published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne. It contains forewords by Steffen Mues and Eva Schmidt, texts by Rudi Fuchs, Harald Szeemann and Niele Toroni, and an extensive interview between Toroni and Bernard Marcadé. 34 Euro.

Accompanying programme with series of talks
The museum is organizing a series of talks to mark the award of the Rubens Prize to Niele Toroni (pdf).
Accompanying programme in exhibition flyer (pdf).

Award Ceremony
11 am on Sunday, July 2, 2017 in the Siegerlandhalle (Leonhard-Gläser-Saal)
Laudatio: Beat Wismer, general director of the Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf
Exhibition Opening
3.30 pm on Sunday, July 2, 2017 in the Museum für Gegenwartskunst
Introduction: Kasper König
Sponsorenlogos Toroni

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