Museum Folkwang
Großes weißes Feld
  • Günther Uecker
  • Großes weißes Feld, 1970

  • Large White Field
  • Wooden frame, canvas, and nails, sprayed
  • 150 x 150 x 20 cm
  • Acquired in 1970 with the support of the City of Essen
  • Inv. G 375
  • CommentaryThe art of nailing appears to be an attack on the traditional panel painting. Yet, Günther Uecker turned the driving of nails into an artistic concept in 1956. With this radical approach, he joined, two years later, the Düsseldorf-based artists’ group ZERO that was founded by Heinz Mack and Otto Piene. Similar to Lucio Fontana and Yves Klein, with whom the group was in contact, the artists set out to establish a new starting point for art. The nail lends visibility to the »craftsmanship« of art, reminding of the nails used to stretch the canvas; it integrates a found object, an ›objet trouvé‹, into the technique of painting. The picture becomes a relief, indeed an object itself, whose pictorial effect arises solely through light and shadow. Uecker’s works are painted in monochrome white to enhance the play on light. This also causes them, however, to blend in with the white wall. The generous edging of ›Grosses weisses Feld‹ (Large White Field) reduces the pictorial composition to the density of the nails’ shadows. The nails are actually inclined in such a way that the surface appears to be an amorphous structure, giving rise to a dynamic surface effect. Each movement of the beholder serves to shift the impact of ›Large White Field‹, which is one of eleven works in a series that the artist produced in 1970 for a room at the German Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.
  • Provenance1970, Günther Uecker
    1970, Kauf bei Uecker, Museum Folkwang, Essen
  • Obj_Id: 3,555
  • Obj_Internet_S: ja
  • Obj_Ownership_S (Verantw):Painting, Sculpture, Media Art
  • Obj_SpareNField01_N (Verantw): 187
  • Obj_Creditline_S: Gemäldesammlung
  • Obj_Title1_S: Großes weißes Feld
  • Obj_Title2_S: Large White Field
  • Obj_PartDescription_S (Titelerg):
  • Obj_SpareMField01_M (Alle Titel): Großes weißes Feld Large White Field Großes weißes Feld
  • Obj_Dating_S: 1970
  • Jahr von: 1,970
  • Jahr bis: 1,970
  • Obj_IdentNr_S: G 375
  • Obj_IdentNrSort_S: G 0375
  • Obj_Classification_S (Objtyp): Painting
  • Obj_Crate_S: 150 x 150 x 20 cm
  • Obj_Material_S: Wooden frame, canvas, and nails, sprayed
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  • Obj_SpareSField01_S (Mat./Tech.): Wooden frame, canvas, and nails, sprayed
  • Obj_AccNote_S (Erwerb): Acquired in 1970 with the support of the City of Essen
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  • Obj_Rights_S: © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017
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1970, Günther Uecker
1970, Kauf bei Uecker, Museum Folkwang, Essen