In March 2012 ARKEN received a very generous donation from Annie & Otto Johs. Detlefs’ Foundations OJD of no less than nine works by the German artist Anselm Reyle (b. 1970) to the DETLEFS HALL. Most of the works were created specifically for this room. ARKEN’s collection has thus been enriched with a fine sample of the work of one of the most important innovators in contemporary abstract art.
Reyle’s works celebrate the world’s abundance of decorative materials and images. Undauntedly, they cultivate the shamelessly sensual in beauty, elegance and even in the cliché – from romantic wagon wheels to rustling metal foil and leaping dolphins.
The decoration of the DETLEFS HALL is an encounter between formally perfect abstraction and the most banal aesthetic of everyday life. The works refer to various artistic currents in 20th-century modernism as well as to our own time.
Anselm Reyle was also the recipient of the ARKEN Art Prize in 2012. The Art Prize is donated by Annie & Otto Johs. Detlefs’ Philanthropic Foundation.
The Annie and Otto Johs. Detlefs’ Foundations
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