Red appears before red, Museum Ritter, 05/17

Saturday, 5th May – Friday 17th August 2017

Curated by, Hsiaosung Kok and Marli Hoppe-Ritter

Museum Ritter

Alfred-Ritter-Straße 27

71111 Waldenbuch, Germany


The exhibition „Red appears before Red“ takes around 70 works from the Marli Hoppe-Ritter Collection that highlight the different aspects of the colour red, both with regard to the sheer breadth of red tones that exist, as well as to their systematic use in concrete art. With the aspiration that came with Modernism to forge an autonomous form of art, red became one of the colour of choice for abstract painting in the early twentieth century. While attention at the Bauhaus focused on the primary colour red in its all-encompassing theory of design, pure red became a major element of a new, reduced visual language in the art of Constructivism and the de Stijl movement.