Spatial Miracles
Installations, Spatial Constructions, Light Sculptures

German-English exhibition catalogue, 88 pages

Price: € 21,80

The catalogue presents seven approaches currently employed by artists to capture, shape and expand space in subtle and complex ways. The concept of space entails not only figural and constructive aspects, but above all social, interactive and virtual components. While Annett Zinsmeister has created a spatial installation that allows the construction of the Museum to be experienced in a new way, Jacob Dahlgren has filled his gallery space with a walk-in cube made of coloured ribbons. Annette Sauermann’s sculptures done in concrete and coloured acrylic glass sensitise to the subtle manifestations of light in space. Hans Kotter for his part creates illusionistic light objects to explore the spatial effect of light in combination with mirrors. Similarly Manuel Knapp’s large, symmetrical constructions done in yarn are revolve round playing with our perceptions: his work opens up a whole range of vibrating colour spaces. Finally, two artists in the exhibition inquire into space as the place in which one lives: Beat Zoderer’s Plattenbau is an ironic comment on mass housing developments, which are generally taken to task for their monotony. By contrast, the model-like houses and dwellings devised by Tamás Kaszás present various possibilities for an autonomous life-style that is easy on our physical resources.


With texts by Marli Hoppe-Ritter, Hsiaosung Kok and Barbara Willert

Published and edited: Museum Ritter/Dr. Barbara Willert, 2016


Christian Megert. Without beginning or end

German-English exhibition catalogue, 64 pages

Price: 19,80 €

Christian Megert was one of the very first artists to use mirrors and make them the subject of his art. In the 1960s he was a member and promoter of the European ZERO movement. Over the decades he has created a rich body of works from mirrors and reflecting materials. It includes collages, objects and luminokinetic works, as well as room installations and outdoor sculptures.
The catalogue gives an insight into Christian Megert’s artistic production from the 1950s to the present.

With texts by Marli Hoppe-Ritter, Peter Iden, Hsiaosung Kok and Barbara Willert

Published and edited: Museum Ritter/Dr. Barbara Willert, 2015


Dóra Maurer. Snapshots

German-English exhibition catalogue, 70 pages  
Price: € 19,80

Dóra Maurer is one of the most important exponents in contemporary Hungarian art and internationally one of the leading names in current concrete art. So it comes as little surprise that she has been represented for some years now by two exceptional geometrical paintings in the Marli Hoppe-Ritter Collection, which concentrates on works from the geometric-abstract tradition.Looking back at the artist’s 50 year career, it is also immediately evident that her output has not been restricted solely to constructive, concrete art. Dóra Maurer’s œuvre distinguishes itself rather by its astonishing wealth of different facets. Over the decades she has created a constantly developing body of work that combines conceptual tendencies with a geometrical grammar of forms that not only has political connotations, but also involves systematic analyses and mathematical methodologies. Similarly impressive is the range of media she uses: throughout her lengthy career, Maurer has employed a great variety of genres including prints, collage, photography, film and painting. The catalogue to the exhibition Dóra Maurer. Snapshots with its rich selection of illustrations provides a fascinating insight into the work of the Hungarian artist.

With texts by Marli Hoppe-Ritter, Dieter Bogner, József Mélyi and Barbara Willert

Published and edited: Museum Ritter/Dr. Barbara Willert, 2014


Seven
Current Approaches in the
Marli Hoppe-Ritter Collection

German-English exhibition catalogue, 86 pages  
Price: € 21,80

For many artists working today, the geometrical grammar of forms is and remains an inexhaustible resource for pursuing aesthetic concepts and rendering them along their own personal lines. The aim of the exhibition SEVEN and the accompanying publication is thus to present current approaches in concrete art on the basis of works in the Marli Hoppe-Ritter Collection. The choice fell on seven young artists whose output constitutes a fascinating diversity of ideas, media and genres: Enrico Bach, Sebastian Hempel, Katharina Hinsberg, Karsten Konrad, Miriam Prantl, Haleh Redjaian and Martina Schumacher. Featured here are painting, drawing, kinetic art, art objects and light art, as well as two video pieces. The publication gives not only a clear insight into the various approaches in the field of geometrical abstraction, but also grants a lucid overview of the seven artists’ current production.

With texts by Marli Hoppe-Ritter, Hsiaosung Kok and Barbara Willert

Published and edited: Museum Ritter/Dr. Barbara Willert, 2014


Grazia Varisco. With a Restless Gaze

German-English exhibition catalogue, 40 pages   
Price: € 14,80 

Grazia Varisco is one of the foremost representatives of Italy’s Arte Programmata, an avant-garde movement of the 1960s that openly welcomed scientific progress and the dynamism of modern industrial society, and that proclaimed a new aesthetic based on technological culture. As such she was part of a movement that spread right across Europe and set out to fundamentally rethink art.
The objects and kinetic works that Grazia Varisco has created throughout a period of over five decades testify not only to a great love of experimentation, but also to an unflagging ingenuity in the way she approaches a great diversity of materials. Using superimposition, grid interference patterns and the carefully considered interplay of light, shadow and movement, she suspends our conventional patterns of perception and presents a wealth of visual possibilities that enable us to experience flowing and developing structures, the genesis of virtual forms, and the variability of the image.

With contributions by Marli Hoppe-Ritter, Hsiaosung Kok, Francesco Tedeschi

Published and edited: Museum Ritter/Dr. Barbara Willert, 2013


Daniel Buren. Broken Squares

German-English exhibition catalouge, 40 pages  
Price: € 14,80 

The catalogue to the exhibition “Daniel Buren. Broken Squares” with its rich selection of full-page illustrations provides a fascinating insight into the work of the celebrated French artist Daniel Buren. Artistic interventions in existing structures – whether buildings, plazas or streets – are Daniel Buren’s speciality. Over the decades he has travelled the world in order to open up new possibilities for our ways of seeing, using often simple but always carefully thought-out and compelling means. For the Museum passage, the conceptual artist has devised a
Bright and cheery light installation and a sophisticated striped square. The exhibition and the catalogue are rounded off by a walk-in installation in the exhibition gallery and a selection of individual works.

With contributions by Marli Hoppe-Ritter, Dorothea van der Koelen, and Barbara Willert

Published and edited by Museum Ritter/Dr Barbara Willert, 2013


Portrait of Disorder. Esther Stocker

German-English exhibition catalogue, 48 pages  
Price: € 15,80

The catalogue “Portrait of Disorder. Esther Stocker” which accompanies the exhibition of the same name presents the latest work by south Tyrolean artist Esther Stocker, one of the most thrilling and original young women artists working in the contemporary field of geometrical art. The exhibition and catalogue show newly-created photographic works and several large-size paintings that were done specially for the show. In these paintings the grid structures that have been so characteristic of Esther Stocker’s oeuvre have now been fully resolved into slivers of geometrical forms. Disorder has gained the upper hand here over order, so that the impression of a pulsating image arises in the beholder’s eye. A particular highlight at the exhibition is an installation consisting of black geometrical elements that Esther Stocker has set up in the Museum staircase. For this the artist has extended the principles behind her painting into the third dimension. The catalogue contains numerous illustrations of the installation.

With contributions by Marli Hoppe-Ritter, Johan Holten, Barbara Willert

Publisher: Museum Ritter/Dr. Barbara Willert, 2012 


Art with Chocolate

German-English exhibition catalogue, 144 pages
Price: € 21,80

The centenary of the Alfred Ritter chocolate factory provided a welcome opportunity for Museum Ritter to take a look at artists from the last 100 years who have either taken chocolate as their material, or who have in other ways made it the subject of their work. Along with texts on the history and development of chocolate as an art material, the catalogue presents in a variety of texts and images around 60 objects, paintings, prints, installations, photographs and videos made of and about the motif of chocolate by almost 40 artists through. As such, the publication gives a broad insight into the different ways artists have explored chocolate – from historical approaches to contemporary works.

With contributions by Marli Hoppe-Ritter, Nike Bätzner, Dirk Dobke, Jörg Meißner and Barbara Willert.

Publisher: Museum Ritter/Dr. Barbara Willert, 2012


Brigitte Kowanz. Think outside the box

German-English exhibition catalogue, 40 pages 
Price: € 15,80

Brigitte Kowanz is one of the most important light artists in the world today. For many years now she has traced out the immaterial manifestations of light and its qualities in space and time, and lent them artistic form. Through a combination of media - light, mirrors and language - her works create special perceptual experiences that open up new avenues of understanding and visualise them with great vividness. Both the exhibition and the catalogue show not only her large light works with mirrors, but also a number of wall-pieces from the artist’s very latest set of works, in which light, Morse code and stainless steel plates are all combined.

With contributions by: Marli Hoppe-Ritter, Michael Schwarz and Barbara Willert.

Publisher: Museum Ritter/Dr. Barbara Willert, 2011


Rita Ernst. Travelling the Cosmos

German-English exhibition catalogue, 87 pages
Price: € 21,80

Rita Ernst has constantly experimented with new forms of geometrical-constructive painting for around 30 years. The delight she takes in looking enables her to fathom the patterns and structures in her everyday world and analyse predefined elements, architectural ground plans and oriental ornamentation. At the same time she combines system-based transformational processes based on addition, superimposition and accentuation with an atmospheric sense of colour. This rich cosmos of forms and colours is captured by the catalogue to her exhibition.

With contributions by Marli Hoppe-Ritter, Hsiaosung Kok, Rita Noack and Barbara Willert.

Publisher: Museum Ritter/Dr. Barbara Willert, 2011


Antonio Calderara

German-English exhibition catalogue, 160 page
out of stock
Price: € 26,80 

The 160-page strong catalogue with its superb cloth binding presents Calderara’s artistic production with a wealth of colour reproductions. Calderara is highly regarded and much admired both by many connoisseurs of concrete art, as well as by numerous artists in the tradition – despite (or precisely because of) the fact that his paintings are different from much that is to be seen in the field of constructivist-geometrical art. During his never-ending appraisal of the landscape in upper Italy around Lake Orta, Calderera developed his personal artistic language which assumes a unique place in the geometrical tradition. His works point beyond mere rational thought to an emotional or spiritual level.

With contributions by: Marli Hoppe-Ritter, Andreas Bee, Raimer Jochims, Rupert Walser and
Barbara Willert.

Publisher: Museum Ritter/Dr. Barbara Willert, 2011


Regine Schumann. black box

German-English exhibition catalogue, 40 pages
Price: € 16,80

The exhibition and the richly illustrated catalogue "black box" focus on the current work of Regine Schumann and show a representative selection of her wall and floor pieces. Included are not only objects that are in the tradition of constructive-concrete art, which compel by their clear formal language, but also organically-shaped crochet objects made of fluorescent plastic cords, which the artist makes herself in a time- and energy-consuming process. The catalogue invites us to plunge into Regine Schumann’s magic world of glowing colours. The illustrations in the catalogue have been printed with a special technique, and fascinate with their highly intensive colours.

With contributions by: Marli Hoppe-Ritter, Michael Schwarz and Barbara Willert

Publisher: Museum Ritter/Dr. Barbara Willert, 2010


Timm Ulrichs. Looking Back to the Future

German-English exhibition catalogue, 136 pages
out of stock
Price: € 24,80 

Museum Ritter has honoured Timm Ulrichs on his 70th birthday with a large solo show featuring around 80 works spanning five decades, a film portrait, and outdoor works, which together give a vivid picture of this exceptional artist’s creative output. The catalogue contains a CD audio guide to accompanying visitors round the exhibition, complete with the artist’s typically wry and witty comments on the art system and scene.

With contributions by: Andreas Bee, Thomas Deecke, Marli Hoppe-Ritter, Thomas Knubben, Astrid Mayerle, Gerda Ridler, Timm Ulrichs, Lambert Wiesing

Publisher: Museum Ritter/Gerda Ridler, 2010


François Morellet. Squaring the Square

German-English exhibition catalogue, 96 pages 
Price: € 21,80

François Morellet is one of the foremost representatives of Geometrical Abstraction and is regarded as one of the co-founders of Concrete Art. For over half a century he has created abstract compositions in which he brings together a rational, systematic approach with playful levity and cryptic irony. Museum Ritter paid tribute to his outstanding artistic approach by means of a solo show. With around 50 works, the exhibition and the catalogue both give a representative cross-section of his work.

With contributions by François Morellet, Marli Hoppe-Ritter, Gerda Ridler, and Barbara Willert

Publisher: Museum Ritter/Gerda Ridler, 2009


Alighiero Boetti. Order and Disorder

German-English exhibition catalogue, 32 pages
Price: € 12,80

Order and disorder, system and chaos - Alighiero Boetti thought in these categories, and his art circled around these two poles. In over three decades he gave ever-new expression to his dualistic world view and created a whole cosmos in which opposites interact effortlessly with one another. At the same time the sheer range of this autodidact’s output was enormous. The catalogue gives a clear insight into Alighiero Boetti’s highly diverse work.

With contributions by Barbara Willert and Andreas Bee

Publisher: Museum Ritter/Gerda Ridler, Verlag Das Wunderhorn, 2008


Guest Show. The Marli Hoppe-Ritter Collection
as Seen by Artists

German-English exhibition catalogue, 72 pages 
Price: € 19,80

With contributions by Marli Hoppe-Ritter, Claudia Emmert, Heinz Gappmayr, Thomas Knubben, Petra von Olschowski, Gerda Rilder and Andreas Pinczewski

Publisher: Museum Ritter/Gerda Ridler, Verlag Das Wunderhorn 2008


Werner Bauer Lux Lucis …Declensions of Light

German-English exhibition catalogue,
An original OLF object has been integrated into the book wraps, 72 pages 
Price: € 24,80

Werner Bauer has dedicated his entire artistic output to declining light and enriching the discipline of Concrete Art by new visual and material dimensions. Light – both natural and artificial – is centre of focus in Werner Bauer’s artistic explorations. With the highest of aesthetic standards he exemplifies phenomena from the realms of physics and using innovative technical materials finds constantly new declensions of light.

The catalogue gives a representative cross-section of the œuvre of this celebrated light artist. With contributions by Marli Hoppe-Ritter, Eugen Gomringer, Isolde Köhler-Schommer, and Gerda Ridler

Publisher: Museum Ritter/Gerda Ridler, Verlag Das Wunderhorn, 2008


Bildertausch 3.
New Presentation of the Marli Hoppe-Ritter Collection

Picture Folder
Price: € 9,80

“Bildertausch 3” – the third new presentation of the Marli Hoppe-Ritter Collection shows outstanding works that in a number of cases had languished in the depots and never previously been exhibited. Around 60 exhibits from the 1950s to the present direct the visitor’s gaze to a variety of current approaches in Abstract Geometric art. This folder contains ten high quality prints reproducing artworks from the collection. Texts and biographical data on the most important artists in the exhibition round off the folder. With contributions by Jutta Fischer and Barbara Willert.

Publisher: Museum Ritter/Gerda Ridler


Geneviève Claisse. Beyond the White Square

German-English exhibition catalogue, 72 pages 
Price: € 21,80

Geneviève Claisse is one of the foremost practitioners of Abstract Geometric art in France today. A larger selection of her work was presented for the first time in Germany at her exhibition in Museum Ritter. Over the past 50 years Geneviève Claisse has created an extensive body of work that captivates above all by its subtly balanced colours and forms. Inspired by the early geometrical Constructivist movement around Kasimir Malevich and Auguste Herbin, she has developed her own inimical style.

With contributions by Marli Hoppe-Ritter, Geneviève Claisse, Denise René, Dominique Szymusiak, and Barbara Willert.

Publisher: Museum Ritter/Gerda Ridler, Verlag Das Wunderhorn, 2007


Movement in a Square. The Square in Painting, Kinetic Art and Animation

German-English exhibition catalogue with Audio-CD, 172 pages 
Price: € 24,80

The catalogue shows around 70 select works from the broad and heterogeneous field of "art in motion". For this the term “motion” is broadly defined and embraces the general depiction of motion, the presentation of illusion of motion, which may be elicited by quite different optical phenomena such as light and shade, the movement of the viewer or his eyes, and also the actual motion of the work by means of its own motor or external propulsion. The majority of the presented works come from the Marli Hoppe-Ritter collection, augmented by important loans.

With contributions by Marli Hoppe-Ritter, Andreas Pinczewski, Frank Popper, Gerda Ridler, Susann Scholl, and Barbara Willert.

Publisher: Museum Ritter/Gerda Ridler, Verlag Das Wunderhorn, 2006


Marcello Morandini. Bianco e nero

German-English exhibition catalogue, 72 pages
Price: € 21,80

Bianco e nero – black and white: this strident contrast is the basis of Marcello Morandini’s creative output. The Italian artist and designer is one of the foremost contemporary representatives of geometrical constructive art in Europe. Already at the outset of his artistic career in the early 1960s he arrived at the main parameters for his designs. The sole use of simple geometrical forms and the transformation of a basic element by means of mathematical rules are no less a part of his means than his deliberate restriction to the non-colours black and white.

With contributions by Marli Hoppe-Ritter, Ralf Christofori, Gerda Ridler, and Barbara Willert.

Publisher: Museum Ritter/Gerda Ridler, 2006