Emil Cimiotti. Horizons
With the exhibition Emil Cimiotti. Horizonte, the Stiftung Schloss Neuhardenberg foundation is paying homage to one of the most important European post-war exponents of abstract art.
Emil Cimiotti was born in Göttingen in 1927. His sculptures have a questioning, searching character and clearly reflect a renunciation of the traditions of his chosen art form. His sculptures, mostly cast in bronze, stand for a completely different and new understanding of sculpture: Although true to the essence of nature, he does not merely attempt to copy it but translates it into an abstract conceptual space that is an idea of nature. Cimiotti unfolds the surfaces of his sculptures and breaks them; the boundaries between inside and out are therefore also blurred on the design level. A strange lightness, yes, even airiness replaces the solidity usually associated with the material bronze. The title of the exhibition is a direct reference to the motif of the removal of barriers. The horizon denotes the borderline between the sky and the ground, yet it is also a visual marker, a formal positing in the infinite and intangible space.
In 2013, Cimiotti started to focus increasingly on this positing aspect in his paper relief works: He emphasises the sculptural character of the material paper, which then becomes tangible through the motif of tiers. In the exhibition, twelve of the most recent of these extremely colourful paper works are juxtaposed with twelve bronzes that are all typical for his remarkable later works.