K20 (Kunst des 20. Jahrhunderts, get it?)
K21 (Kunst des 21. Jahrhunderts)
To cut a long story short, after a visit to the Ceramics Museum Hetjens) I had time to spare and wandered into one of the largest art bookshops in the museum area and picked up a free art newspaper. In it I found a short note on the death in December 2009 of Rupprecht Geiger at the ripe old age of 101. I cannot say that I am terribly familiar with his work, but I did know that he was to the colour red what Yves Klein is to blue. Similar to Kenneth Noland, who did a few weeks later, Geiger was resolute in his quest for abstraction and throughout his career as painter and lecturer dealt with the relationship between colour and space.
He is quoted as having said that "Red is life, energy, potency, authority, love, warmth, power. Red gets you high". It sounds a little too aggressive and sweeping to me, but one is reminded of Goethe and others attributing moral values to colour back in the early 19th century. I like this anectode about Geiger better than his quote: Apparently he first became fascinated with the colour red when he opened a so-called “care parcel” after WW2 and found amongst its contents a bright red lipstick. He withheld it from his wife and used it as paint. You wonder whether the marriage lasted.
Interestingly he regarded colour an element, alongside fire, water and air.