Walk the Line
10 December 2021 - 28 February 2022
Winter / Hoerbelt
In modernism, artists such as Paul Klee, Alexander Rodchenko or Wassily Kandinsky began to explore the essence of the line, analysing the relationship between point, line and surface, but also the different expressive power of lines, thus showing art recipients another universe of art.
They opened the eyes of those interested in art to the fact that the line can also be considered detached from its function as a form-giver, if one directs one’s attention to the expressive power of the line itself. Thus, as Dr. Anett Göthe noted in a lecture, Klee conceded to the line „expression, dynamics and psyche“, while Kandinsky, in his treatise „Point, Line to Surface“, makes it clear that the line is more than a boundary of surface and emphasises the dynamics inherent in the line itself. These fundamental thoughts on the line by the representatives of the artistic avant-garde have inspired generations of artists to this day.
In the exhibition Walk the Line, we present 14 international artistic positions that impressively demonstrate how multifaceted contemporary artists approach the theme of line today. Even though the line is closely connected to drawing, the exhibition includes not only drawings on paper, but also collages, paintings and sculptures. What they all have in common is that they have approached one of the most important design elements in the visual arts in a sensual and haptic way.
In compiling the artists‘ positions, we have adopted Rodschenko’s thoughts on the line and want to highlight the expressive diversity of the line in the exhibition. Thus, expressive lines can be found next to reduced ones, figure-forming ones next to freely moving ones, straight lines next to curved ones. They open our eyes to shapes and structures, space and light, rhythm and movement, but also to all that is between and behind the lines.