May 26 – October 6, 2019

The Fondation Beyeler will devote its summer exhibition 2019 to contemporary painter Rudolf Stingel (born in 1956 in Merano, Italy, he lives and works in New York and Merano). Like few other artists, he probes and interrogates the status quo of painting.

From his very beginnings in the late 1980s, Rudolf Stingel has approached painting in a conceptual and self-reflexive manner, exploring its possibilities and media-specific limits through the interplay of artistic strategies, materials and shapes. Alongside various series of abstract and photorealistic paintings, he creates large-scale works made of styrofoam, cast wall hangings, as well as participative spaces covered in carpets or insulation foil that may be touched and treaded on. His works manifest both the random traces of time and deliberately placed references to their own process of production.

The exhibition at the Fondation Beyeler will be the first museum show in Europe to present a career-spanning selection of Rudolf Stingel’s major series of works. Displaying these historical pieces alongside brand new works created specifically for the exhibition, the show will provide a comprehensive overview of Stingel’s oeuvre and articulate a multiplicity of answers to the question of painting’s current condition and possibilities.

Guest curator Udo Kittelmann, Director of Berlin’s Nationalgalerie, is a long-standing recognised expert of Rudolf Stingel’s work. In close collaboration with the artist, he is developing the exhibition as a site-specific concept for the Fondation Beyeler.


The exhibition is being supported by: