February 13, 2020 - Fridericianum - Forrest Bess
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February 13, 2020

Fridericianum

Forrest Bess, Untitled (No. 5), 1949. © The artist and Collection Mickey Cartin.

Forrest Bess
February 15–May 3, 2020

Opening: February 14, 7pm

Fridericianum
Friedrichsplatz 18
34117 Kassel
Germany

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Forrest Bess, born in 1911 in Bay City, Texas, where he also died in 1977, led a secluded existence in the first half of the 1940s on the Gulf of Mexico, where alongside catching and selling fishing bait he dedicated himself to painting. During this time, Bess began to systematically encapsulate in painting “visions” that appeared to him on the threshold between wakefulness and sleep. For Bess, subconscious human experiences manifested themselves in these abstract and highly symbolic images. He pursed their exploration like a piece of obsessive research that he articulated in countless records and intensive correspondence without ever unravelling the mystery of his creativity.

The Fridericianum presents the first exhibition in Germany of the artist’s work for over three decades. The show allows visitors to rediscover this outstanding exponent of postwar art, who is as relevant for contemporary discourse as he is enigmatic.

Opening hours: Tuesday–Sunday & public holidays 11am–6pm

Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation.

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