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Archiv Geiger. Geiger Archive



81477 München


Gallery Hours

Mo. 10.00-14.00 u. Di. 17.00-20.00
accessible with help

The Geiger Archive looks after the artistic oeuvres of Rupprecht Geiger (1908-2009) in his former studio located in southwestern Munich-Solln. He was one of the main contributors to Post World War II painting in Europe. Together with other members of the Group ZEN 49 he saw his vocation in spreading the achievements of abstract painting – be it in words or pictures. He became famous for his use of fluorescent pigments and the ensuing color modulations, which led him to devote a major portion of his life to the color red and its effects. The Geiger Archive does not only provide visitors with a sense of his artistic development but also offers guided tours, workshops and any information concerning his life and work. The archive also deals with the documentation of the work of the painter and graphic artist Willi Geiger (1878-1971), Rupprecht's father. The former studio opened its doors as the Geiger Archive upon the first anniversary of Rupprecht Geiger's death in December 2010. It can be visited during scheduled tours or on Mondays for "Morgen Rot" from 10:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. and on Tuesdays for "Abend Rot" between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m.

Rupprecht Geiger’s studio itself was designed by his friend Detlef Schreiber (1930-2003). This architect became famous for the Süddetusche Zeitung publishing building (Munich newspaper) which was torn down in 2009. His typified, modular hall-structuring is especially evident in the former Geiger studio. Detlef Schreiber considered himself as an heir to the last Bauhaus Director Mies van der Rohe and followed his stylistic patterns. Since Rupprecht Geiger himself had also studied architecture, he allowed this sense for space to flow into his work as a painter. This perspective finds its expression in the art works made for public spaces.  In 1951 he designed the plate mosaic for the façade of Munich’s central train station. Other noteworthy pieces in Munich are the works "Konkav gerundet" at Munich's insurance agency "Rückversicherungs-Gesellschaft", "Gerundetes Blau" at the Gasteig (next to the Deutsches Museum), the layout for the subway station Machtlfinger Street, and his last architecturally-based work "Lichtbogen (Pinc)" (Light Arches (Pink)) from the year 2007 in the parlor of the E.ON Energie building.

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