Michael Riedel Graphic Art as Event

9 June to 4 November 2018

Michael Riedel und Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main. Eigentum des Städelschen Museum-Vereins e. V.

Press preview: Thursday, 7 June 2018, 11am
Exhibition opening: Friday, 8 June 2018, 7pm

In the exhibition Graphic Art as Event, the Museum Angewandte Kunst is devoting itself to the oeuvre of Michael Riedel, which operates on the boundary between applied and free graphics. The show will highlight a work the artist executed at the age of twenty-two when he was just starting his successful international career: the Signetic Drawing of 1994/95. It consists of over a thousand sheets, among them non-drawn drawings. Purchased by the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V. in 2016, the Signetic Drawing will now be on view in a museum in its entirety for the first time ever.

The exhibition will span the artist’s oeuvre from its beginnings to the present. In large-scale installations encompassing drawings, wax books, publications and artists’ books, postcards, posters, wallpaper, pictorial series and “poster paintings”, it will stage graphic art as an open and ongoing process, as what might be called a self-perpetuating system in art.