For the first time in more than 20 years in Germany, the Museum Folkwang is showcasing with this exhibition the powerful oeuvre of Helen Frankenthaler (1928–2011), known as a trailblazer for her role in the transition from Abstract Expressionism to Colour Field Painting, in Germany. Starting with her material experiments on paper, in the early 1950s, and, her soak-stain technique of soaking canvas in thinned paint, Frankenthaler revolutionised abstract art. “Paper is painting” is how Frankenthaler describes the importance of the medium that, at times, completely replaces her use of canvas. In juxtaposition with an selection of paintings, Museum Folkwang is presenting 75 expansive Frankenthaler works on paper created between 1949 and 2002. These works vividly demonstrate how Frankenthaler has consistently advanced her oeuvre beyond all previous painterly and social conventions.
In cooperation with
Kunsthalle Krems und The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation