Arnulf Rainer - Die Farben des Malers

EÖ am 28. April

Starting out from Leonardo da Vinci’s Treatise on Painting Helmut Friedel, the curator of the exhibition, is presenting works from Arnulf Rainer’s oeuvre that demonstrate how colours can evoke very special emotional qualities. A nuanced graduation of the expressive characteristics of white, yellow, green, blue, red and black are elicited from the juxtaposition of pictures – created in different years – and the differing ways in which colours are worked.

‘There are (six) simple colours. The first of these is white although some philosophers count neither black nor white among the colours and assert that one is the origin of colours and the other their lack. But we include them because painters cannot get along without them and, having named white the first of the simple colours, call yellow the second, green the third, blue the fourth, red the fifth and black the sixth. And white stands for light without which one can see no colour, yellow for the earth, green for water, blue for the air, red for fire and black for darkness that stands above fire because there is no material there, nothing solid on which the rays of the sun might fall and, as a consequence, illuminate.’

Curator Helmut Friedel, *1946 in Munich, was Director of the Städtischen Galerie im Lenbachhaus in Munich from 1990 till the end of 2013 and since 2014 is the Director of the Museum Frieder Burda in Baden-Baden. Helmut Friedel is a member of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts (Munich) and the Accademia di San Luca in Rome. In 1994 he was appointed honorary professor at the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts (Munich).

Arnulf Rainer – Die Farben des Malers [The Painter’s Colours  ]
Published by the Arnulf Rainer Museum

Articles by Helmut Friedel and Arnulf Rainer
152 pages & 140 illustrations
Price € 30
ISBN 978-3-200-05087-7


29th April to 31st of December 2017 in the Arnulf Rainer Museum

Arnulf Rainer Museum


Josefsplatz 5
2500 Baden
Tel +43(0)2252 209 196 11
Fax +43(0)2252 209 196 14

Postal address

Badener Kulturbetriebsgesmbh
Kaiser Franz Josef-Ring 31
2500 Baden


Tram (Badener Bahn)
Direct, from the Vienna State Opera
to the Arnulf Rainer Museum, to
Josefplatz at the end of the line.

Train and rapid transit train
Four minutes on foot from Baden
station, towards the centre of town.


A2 Baden exit – towards the centre,
Arnulf Rainer Museum / Frauenbad.
Parking at Römertherme or at the
Casino parking garage.


Opening hours

Das Arnulf Rainer Museum ist ab
1. Juli wieder geöffnet

Admission prices

Adults 8,–
Groups of 10 or over,
per person
Children from 6 – 14,
pupils, students,
military discount (national service)
Family ticket 16,–
NÖ Familienpass (max. 2 adults and unlimited children) 10,–
Guided tour 2,5
Jahreskarte 10


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