Wallpaper* has long been a fan of German artist Michael Riedel’s work. For instance, his graphic executions were the subject of a fashion shoot in our March 2014 issue, for which Riedel also posed as our limited edition front cover’s model.
The artist is now being celebrated with a solo show at the Kunstverein Braunschweig. Focusing on invitation designs he produced between 1997 and 2015, the exhibition is a minimal treat, set within the majestic classicist spaces of the institution’s Villa Salve Hospes.
Since his days at the Frankfurt Städelschule (where he graduated as a Meisterschüler in 2000), Riedel has produced a wealth of invitation designs to announce his works, exhibitions and other events. Titled ‘Exhibitions Seen and Not Seen’, the show is a celebration of the invitation as a central part of Riedel's oeuvre, used as a means to explore his wider production. The invitations on display feature a variety of media, from poster to card design, including a telephone conversation transcript rendered in classic Riedel graphic style.
The artist produced the exhibition himself as an intervention in the spaces of the museum, transforming doors and windows into white panels that he dispersed around the different rooms. The rich interiors of the Kunstverein became a personal playground for Riedel, who refashioned the spaces into a dynamic white cube.
‘Exhibitions Seen and Not Seen’ both looks back, over Riedel's vibrant artistic style while at the same time establishing a new chapter in his aesthetic language.