Abstract paintings are paintings of the soul.
The serviceplan collection follows a clearly defined concept: Abstract Art since 1948 of a high aesthetic standard. This guiding principle is reflected in the introductory essay by Prof. Helmut Friedel, the director of the Lenbachhaus museum in Munich: “Indescribably beautiful. Abstraction!” At the beginning of the twentieth century, abstract art was the progressive driving force of the modern era, until the National Socialist regime in Germany imposed a painting ban on all the important protagonists of this art genre. This verdict also affected most of the painters in the serviceplan collection. The year 1948 became the starting point for a new era of modern art. During the twelve years of the painting and exhibition ban, a backlog of pentup creative energy built up amongst the large number of highly talented young artists at the time, which erupted explosively into numerous artists’ ateliers, new groups, exhibitions, art books and art criticisms after the war. Immerse yourself in a fascinating pictorial world of abstraction: Joan Miró, Ernst Wilhelm Nay, Serge Poliakoff, Francis Bacon, Georg Baselitz, Rupprecht Geiger, Sean Scully, Jonathan Meese et al.
With contributions by Helmut Friedel and Peter Haller and a DVD of the Videoinstallation-artist Philipp Geist.