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, featuring about 190 pieces from all the different periods of her work. We owe him and his generosity the fact that Die Neue Sammlung can call this impressive body of work her own – and thus for the first time is able to present these impressive pieces of this great ceramic artist to the visitors of the Pinakothek der Moderne.
Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich
July 14, 2017 – November 19, 2017