Beate Kuhn: Object „Kleine Familie im Halbkreis“, 1988, porcelain and stoneware. Photo: A.Laurenzo
With her unmistakable style and inexhaustible imagination, Beate Kuhn (1927-2015) is one of the most important German ceramic artists of the post-war era. Starting with ceramic for kitchen uses, she gradually moved on to produce sculpted vessels that reflect her critical inquiry into the oeuvres of both Joan Miró and Paul Klee. The end of the 1950s saw Beate Kuhn already fully committed to creating art. Her pieces were assembled from rotating parts and boasted a colored glaze, illustrating how this highly recognized international artist developed art using genuine pottery means and techniques.
 
Mannheim-based architect Klaus Freiberger has established a unique collection world-wide, featuring about 190 pieces from all the different periods of her work. We have his generosity to thank for the fact that Die Neue Sammlung now possesses these marvelous Beate Kuhn pieces – and can thus for the first time present the impressive oeuvre of this great artist of the ceramic world to visitors to Pinakothek.
 
Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich
Exhibition
July 14, 2017 – November 19, 2017