The exhibition was organised by the Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, in cooperation with the MMK – Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main.
When the Frankfurt artist Peter Roehr died in 1968 at the young age of 23, he left behind several hundreds of works in which he pursued exclusively the idea of serial repetition. From found commonplace materials he created ever new montages of photographs, text, typography, objects, sound, and film probing the concept of redundancy. Roehr abstained from both making a statement and sticking to an individual style. His formal repertory is deliberately reduced to the selection of an object, the definition of the number of its repetitions, and their arrangement. The element used is still recognisable, although it becomes absorbed in the series, so that the original form and colour scheme are subjected to a potentiating effect. In 2008, the Städelsche Museums-Verein was able to acquire the artist’s “10 Schwarze Tafeln” (10 Black Panels) for the museum, a central work in which the method of a non-narrative serial arrangement of identical objects culminates.
The exhibition “Peter Roehr” illustrated that Roehr’s strict formalism is much more complex and eloquent than it seems to be at first glance.
CURATORS: Dr. Martin Engler, Städel Museum; Dr. Andreas Bee, MMK – Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main
SPONSORED BY: Museumskooperationspool der Stadt Frankfurt am Main