The graphic artist, painter, and typographer Otto Eckmann (1865–1902) was an important Jugendstil designer and a key protagonist in the founding period of the Kaiser Wilhelm Museum around 1900. The Kunstmuseen Krefeld own part of his estate, including approximately 250 sketchbooks, drawings, prints, and clothing fabrics, as well as designs for furniture and stained-glass windows. The Canadian artist Shannon Bool (b. 1972, lives in Berlin) will approach this important collection and develop her own works in confrontation with Eckmann’s oeuvre and person. For her works, Bool collages and superimposes motifs from tradition and modernity, from everyday culture, fashion design, and architecture. Ornament and modernist austerity, abstraction and figuration merge. A catalog (German/English) will be published to accompany the exhibition.
Curator: Magdalena Holzhey, Curator of Collections, Kunstmuseen Krefeld
Since 2018 the Kunstmuseen Krefeld’s Collection Satellite series invites artists from various disciplines to engage in an innovative dialogue with the museum’s collections, its history, and the architecture of its three buildings: the Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Haus Lange, and Haus Esters.