The Düsseldorf painter Max Frintrop (*1982) has created a series of large-format paintings especially for the exhibition in the Mies van der Rohe Haus. These are combined in the show with smaller reliefs inspired by Russian Constructivism. The vivid is led into the abstract and vice versa. Soft brushstrokes are based on a geometric abstract language. When painting, Frintrop proceeds in a planned and sensitive manner, suggesting spaces when he superimposes imaginary lines, planes and depths. Frintrop's painterly gesture, applied to canvases lying on the floor, is a constant play with sharpness and blurring, in which seemingly formal structures suddenly dissolve into fluidity. In this way, the paintings unfold an astonishing depth effect, as if one could look through the canvas as through a window onto a world oscillating between order and unleashing. The exhibition is, at once, a homage to the architecture of the building and its flowing spaces that open up to the garden.
From 2003 to 2009, Max Frintrop studied free art/painting at the Staatliche Kunstakademie Düsseldorf with Albert Oehlen. Frintrop lives and works in Düsseldorf.