About the exhibition
Manuel Franke (b. 1964) develops a monumental object as his contribution to the series ‘In the Städel Garden’. Half sculpture, half painting, the object will transform the garden of the Städel Museum on the roof of the Garden Halls into a space-spanning and tangible installation from early summer 2018.
Franke’s Colormaster F takes on the entire garden bounded by buildings on three sides and counters this layout with a corrugated iron ramp in bright colours. Deliberately spoiling the view of the green lawn hill from the street and blocking the way of people visiting the garden as a massive, insurmountable obstacle, it offers a completely new experience of the place. Colormaster F not only changes the garden’s spatial constellation but also creates another, additional space within it that is both open and sealed off. The lawn square and the hill are thus, at least temporarily, enclosed on four sides.
Manuel Franke studied with Tony Cragg and Irmin Kamp at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf as well as with Daniel Buren and Pontus Hulten at the Institut des hautes études en arts plastiques in Paris. His space-spanning and space-transforming installations are characterized by their painterly surfaces and a unique colourfulness.
Illustration: Manuel Franke, Colormaster F, 2018, in the Garden of the Städel Museum, Frankfurt, Design Drawing, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018