Heinz Gappmayr Black and White in Dialog

27 October 2022
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Heinz Gappmayr · Bipolar – Black and White in Dialog

In this week’s newsletter, we would like to introduce you to one more artist of the current exhibition Bipolar – Black and White in Dialogue: Heinz Gappmayr.

Heinz Gappmayr (1925–2010) is the main representative of visual poetry in the German-speaking world. Since the end of the 1960s, he made language the material of his work. Signs, words, numbers and basic geometric forms are visually presented by him in order to examine the categorical possibilities of language. Gappmayr uses language to depict ideas and concepts that cannot be represented visually due to their abstract nature.

It is not only in terms of content that his works fit very well into the current exhibition concept – in terms of colour, too. The text works – which are always black and white – seem to be made for our Bipolar show. In these works, he tries to make concepts vivid that are not themselves vivid but underlie all empirical knowledge. The two a priori concepts of time and space play a central role in Heinz Gappmayr's work.


Heinz Gappmayr - weiss
Heinz Gappmayr
weiss ‧ 1995
70 x 50 cm, ed. of 60 copies
inv. nº 968
Heinz Gappmayr - BLANC
Heinz Gappmayr
BLANC ‧ 1993
acrylic on canvas on woo
160 x 110 cm
inv. nº 6087
Heinz Gappmayr - weiss
Heinz Gappmayr
weiss ‧ 1967/2020
original print
46 x 33 cm, Ed. of 30 copies
inv. nº 5703
Heinz Gappmayr
Heinz Gappmayr
View of the exhibition



Erinnerungen. Editionen 1988–2005

Heinz Gappmayr Erinnerungen. Editionen 1988–2005

Kunsttheorien vol. 25 2006 € 15.00

Opus Heinz Gappmayr

Dorothea van der Koelen Opus Heinz Gappmayr

Gesamtverzeichnis der visuellen und poetischen Texte in 3 Bänden erschienen 1993–2006 EUR 76,– / 72,– / 68,– Band 4 erscheint voraussichtlich 2025

Auf der Fläche – im Raum

Heinz Gappmayr Auf der Fläche – im Raum

Dokumente unserer Zeit · 26 2001 € 19.00

Dr.  Dorothea  van der Koelen