With his artworks such as the glass lenses on the Ostwall, the Krefeld-native artist Adolf Luther (1912–1990) not only left his mark on public urban spaces of Krefeld but is also regarded internationally as one of the pioneering light artists of the 1960s. In Haus Esters, the Kunstmuseen Krefeld are taking a new glance at the radicality and topicality of Luther’s art. The presentation focuses on how Luther created experiental spaces in which the viewer takes on an active role. In every lens, every mirror, an individual, fleeting reality is revealed to the visitor. His glass and mirror artworks are instruments for perceiving a constantly changing reality of light. The exhibition explores the findings of science and Enlightenment thought as impulses fort he artistic work of Adolf Luther.
The project has been developed in cooperation with the Adolf Luther Foundation.
Curators: Katia Baudin und Magdalena Broska, Research Director, Adolf Luther Foundation
Curatorial project management: Juliane Duft, assisted by Amelie Gappa
In the series of dialogical exhibitions in Haus Esters and Haus Lange, two visionary positions of 1960s kinetic art from two continents will meet: With the installations by Adolf Luther from Krefeld and the French-Argentine artist Julio Le Parc, the art of geometric abstraction in light and space is presented as an international phenomenon. The exhibitions show how both artists worked simultaneously to break down the barrier between the viewer and the artwork.
To celebrate the end of the exhibition duo, Kunstmuseen Krefeld cordially invites you to enjoy the interactive spatial experiences of Adolf Luther and Julio Le Parc during our Finissage Sunday. Guided tours in all three houses - Haus Esters, Haus Lange, KWM - on different topics invite to a lively exchange and creative play stations are waiting for young and old in the context of the "Platzspiele". One of the highlights of the day will be a dialogue tour by Katia Baudin and Dr. Magdalena Broska, Research Director of the Adolf Luther Foundation. The two exhibition curators will provide fascinating background information on Luther's work during their tour of the exhibition. At the end of the evening, Katia Baudin and Keren Detton, Director of the FRAC Grand Large - Hauts-de-France in Krefeld's partner city Dunkerque, will talk about how a museum can be a platform for interaction - for exchange, shared experiences and, not least, shared fun. And the winner of Julio Le Parc's art raffle will be drawn. Those who have filled in and handed in a questionnaire from Le Parc can soon be the owner of an original work of art!
You can relax from the exciting exhibitions and the varied program in the gardens of Haus Lange and Haus Esters. Dom's Catering offers snacks, coffee, cool drinks and cocktails.