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From 19 June to 18 December 2022, the KUNSTWERK Sammlung Klein presents a show of international standing: a solo exhibition of the Irish-American artist Sean Scully (*1945). On display are paintings, pastels, etchings and drawings from around three decades that present essential leitmotifs of his abstract painting and convey the special quality of his pictures as events that can be experienced both sensually and emotionally. At the beginning of the exhibition, the sculpture Venice Stack made of coloured Murano glass refers to the painter’s sculptural activity. At the same time, it opens up an examination of the object-like, physical aspects of his paintings.


Sean Scully was born in Dublin in 1945 and grew up in London. After studying in Newcastle, UK, a Harvard scholarship took him to the USA in 1975. It was there that the decisive step in his art took place, namely to give abstract painting an emotional dimension that creates an immediate connection with the viewer. Since the early 1980s, he has been one of the most important contemporary painters internationally. Today he lives in New York, Aix-en-Provence and Germany.
What characterises the radiance of Sean Scully’s work, both in his artistic position and in the direct encounter with his works, is first of all the expressiveness of his abstract painting. His paintings are based on assemblages of geometric forms, of vertically and horizontally aligned rectangles, stripes, bands. But the application of the paint shows a clearly gestural handwriting and thus lays a track to the subjectivity, to the feeling and thinking of the artist. With the colouring of his works, which is as rich as it is subtly differentiated, Scully creates pictorial sound worlds that open up personal resonance spaces when viewed.
The fact that Sean Scully has been creating large-format three-dimensional works for twenty years is also evident from the sculptural quality of his painting. The exhibition at KUNSTWERK investigates the question of whether it is not precisely this that contributes to the fascinating presence that his paintings develop in the architectural surroundings of the exhibition space.




Hängung #25 - Bodies of Color - Sean Scully - Sammlung Klein

The oeuvre of the Irish-American artist Sean Scully is one of the most important positions in contemporary painting. His equally abstract and expressive works develop a fascinating presence and radiance in space. The exhibition at the KUNSTWERK Sammlung Klein presents a selection of paintings and graphic works as well as a sculpture by Sean Scully and directs its focus on object-like, physical aspects also in the artist’s painterly oeuvre as well.


There are no longer any pandemic-related restrictions in place at present. Nonetheless, please do still wear a FFP2 or medical face mask during your visit to KUNSTWERK. This precaution applies in particular for tours, as we are not always able to maintain the minimum distance.


The catalogue for the Vertauschte Köpfe (Transposed Heads) exhibition shows various chapters as “books in the book” and thus summarises various perspectives in the cooperation of the two brothers. Two series of images in the works by Andreas and Konrad Mühe are surrounded by literary texts by Monika Maron and Karsten Ehlers as well as an article by journalist and freelance writer Kito Nedo on pieces by both artists. A comic, which is based on texts by Annegret Hahn and illustrated by Gregor Hinz, has also been included: an imaginary journey by “Biber” (Andreas Mühe) and “Gabel” (Konrad Mühe) along the timeline of their family history.

The catalogue, published by Jovis, is available both at KUNSTWERK and in bookshops.

Format 20.5 x 27 cm
500 pages, 200 colour illustrations
German / English


Public tours generally take place every first and third Wednesday of the month at 3.00 pm, and every first and third Sunday at 11.30 am and 3.00 pm. As deviations from the norm are possible, please refer to the summary for individual times. Attendance fee: 5 euros. Registration is not required at present for attendance.

Guided Tours in December

Sunday, 4. December | 11.30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Wednesday, 7. December | 3 p.m.
Sunday, 14. December | 11.30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Wednesday, 18. December | 3 p.m.

Tours for private groups can be given even outside of the opening hours. Group fee: 80 Euros.
Information and application: kunstwerk@sammlung-klein.de or +49 (0) 7042-3769566.


Alison and Peter W. Klein have exhibited their art collection in the museum designed by Folker Rockel since October 2007.