21 September 2018


Michael Riedel.
Graphic Art as Event

Text: Kim Kaborda

Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt/Main

– 4 November 2018



Michael Riedel produced over a thousand sheets in the year between 1994 and 1995 at the Städelschule. These can now be seen in full for the first time in the Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt/Main.


On viewing Michael Riedel’s numerous “Signetic Drawings”, we notice striking parallels in content with the systems theory espoused by the sociologist Niklas Luhmann, whose book “The Art of Society” was published roughly at the same time as Riedel’s sheets: the subject is autonomous art.

The role of artists in an information society needs to be clarified. How does artificial intelligence change the way we produce art? In addition to Riedel’s early work, the exhibition includes current works that deal with similar questions. Again and again, he adopts very different text forms to create graphic motifs from them. In so doing, he processes HTML codes, reports from the internet about his work, and communication networks from his own daily life.


His works are rarely completed, because Riedel attaches great importance to procedural work. His systemic point of view also becomes clear in this respect: systems change and develop. As a versatile artist who constantly reflects on his role himself, he remains true to this thesis. The exhibition reflects this in spatial installations showing, among other things, his drawings, publications, postcards, posters, wallpapers, picture series, and digital moving images.


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