K.O. Götz

Berlin, Neue Nationalgalerie
Until 2 March 2014

Karl Otto Götz,24Variation on one texture, 1949 © Privatbesitz © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2013 / Joachim Lissmann

Karl Otto Götz will be celebrating his 100th birthday in February 2014. Swirling, exploding forms and abstract, almost ideographic or totemic structures – Götz’s work is characteriszed by the search for both an immediate and free form and, in the artist’s own words, “poetic expression in the non-representational”. The exhibition aims to especially highlight the serial processes behind his works, chance effects, as well as recurring visual concepts and rhythms that lend his paintings an equal measure of dynamism and order. The exhibition also reveals Götz’s influence on future generations of artists, particularly his two most famous pupils, Sigmar Polke and Gerhard Richter.