Current exhibition

Berthold Reiß
25 January–10 March 2019

Berthold Reiß, Drachen Berthold Reiß, Drachen, 2017, water colour on paper, 47 x 62 cm, VG Bildkunst, Bonn 2018

Over the past decades, Berthold Reiß has created an exceedingly independent body of work that is both visual and conceptual. Defined by clear contours, his images develop from pictogrammatic visual symbols and ornamental structures. In addition, Reiß composes texts that linguistically investigate the relationship between concept and image, between thought and and perception. Following phenomena and fractures in the history of images and ideas, Reiß moves from the contemporary and modern eras, through Romanticism and the Enlightenment, returning time and time again to antiquity. His exhibition Exemplar pursues the double meaning of this word with latin root, meaning at once both copy and original. An exemplar can refer to something, or stand alone as an individual item, the meaning of which must first be interrogated in its own right. It can be the execution or the blueprint, representative or individual. Alongside a wall painting and a selection of new watercolour works, Reiß presents a spacial display, which, through images and text, shows the exhibition Exemplar as a draft.

The exhibition is sponsored by:


The Kunstverein Freiburg is sponsored by:

Stadt Freiburg        Sparkasse Freiburg       BW Kultur

Events Programme

Thu, 31.01., 19:00
Curator’s Tour with Heinrich Dietz

Sun, 10.02., 14:00 – 16:00
Children’s Workshop (registration required)

Thu, 14.02., 19:00
Guided Tour

Sat, 23.02., 15:00
Visuelle Zeichensysteme (Visual Sign Systems) Lecture by Daniela Stöppel. Following this, a Talk with Berthold Reiß and the Launch of his book, Antinomia.

Opening Night

Fri, 25.01., 19:00
Introduction: Heinrich Dietz, director

Opening hours

Tue–Sun, 12 am–6 pm
We, 12 am–8 pm, Mon closed
Entrance: 2 € /1,50 €
Thursdays free, Members free