Große Komposition (Wandlung 2), 1953
Große Komposition (Wandlung 2), 1953




Neue Galerie, Hessen Kassel Heritage
20.10.2023 - 28.01.2024

The time has finally come: Fritz Winter, the great abstract artist, is coming to Kassel! The exhibition will be relaunched after the 2020 pandemic prevented its opening. "Fritz Winter. documenta artist from the very beginning” traces Winter's artistic development and his multifaceted relationship with the documenta city of Kassel through roughly 90 works of painting, graphic art and tapestry.

Fritz Winter made a stunning appearance at the first documenta exhibition in 1955. With his six-metre-wide painting "Composition of Blue and Yellow", the former Bauhaus student was showcased as one of the most important representatives of abstract painting. The artist, who was born in 1905 and died in 1976, had planned the work together with documenta founder Arnold Bode as a central room installation for the Painting Hall the Museum Fridericianum. There it hung opposite a prominent loan from the MoMA in New York, Picasso's "Girl before a Mirror". Ten years after the end of the war, West German painting asserted itself on the international art scene. Today, this first work of art conceived for the documenta is regarded as an icon. The painting has since been acquired by Hessen Kassel Heritage with the support of the Kulturstiftung der Länder, the Hessische Kulturstiftung, the Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung and the Museumsverein Kassel e.V. and forms the centrepiece of the exhibition.


Finally on display: after a delay due to the pandemic, Fritz Winter is coming to the Neue Galerie in Kassel. New exhibition run: 20 October 2023 to 28 January 2024.

The presentation in the Neue Galerie traces Winter’s artistic path and his diverse connections with the documenta city of Kassel through major artworks and shows important work complexes with which he was represented at documenta 1, 2 and 3.

The exhibition is a joint project of the Fritz Winter Foundation at the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, the Hessen Kassel Heritage and the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen.

On the exhibition website of our cooperation partner, the Hessen Kassel Heritage, you can get digital insights into the exhibition.

In the run-up to the exhibition, journalist Carmela Thiede interviewed the curator of the Fritz Winter Foundation Anna Rühl in 2020. You can read the interview here.