Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg
September 8 - January 20, 2013
Abteilung Kommunikation, Hollerplatz 1, 38440 Wolfsburg
+49 5361 2669 69

Frank Stella (born 1936) is one of the last living heroes of American painting from the 1950s and 1960s, the time when American art found its way to its own identity, reaching its historic zenith in the process. The hardly twenty-year old artist con¬quered the New York art scene in the late 1950s with a sensation: his large Black Paintings not only intensified the discussion of Minimalism in painting, but also prepared the way for the “exit from the picture into space.” But to the great surpri¬se of the art critics, the passionate racecar driver did not follow the crowd of avant-garde artists heading almost inevitably in the direction of Minimal Art. Stella pi¬oneered a completely different path that led him to ever more opulent, ever more baroque reliefs. With this idiosyncratic turn “from Minimalism to Maximalist,” Frank Stella developed into one of the most distinctive artists of the 20th century. The Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg is now dedicating a comprehensive retrospective to this ar¬tist, the most extensive in more than 15 years, encompassing circa 60 mostly large-format works and 30 works on paper. The exhibition forms the keystone for the varied international presentations honoring the artist on the occasion of his 75th birthday.