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Document by Gisela von Westernhagen



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In the exhibition, which starts on 3 February in my gallery, I give a concentrated overview of the work of the French artist: PETER VALENTINER. Peter Valentiner was one of the most effective artists in France in the 60s and 70s. He was represented in many exhibitions and was himself active as an exhibition organiser.


In 1971, he won the 7th Biennale in Paris, a competition in which such renowned artists as Blinky Palermo, Ulrich Rückriem, Imi Knoebel, Ansgar Nierhoff and Klaus Rinke from Germany took part.

Peter Valentiner was represented in numerous exhibitions, together with the former members of the historical group "Supports - Surfaces": Jean Pierre Pincemin, André-Pierre Arnal, Vincent Bioules, Claude Viallat...


An important work by him belongs to the collection at the Centre Pompidou.


Peter Valentiner was important for the organisation of the exhibition "Traces and Signs", European Contemporary Art on the occasion of the 2000th anniversary in Trier, where he invited such renowned artists as: Pierre Alechinsky, Karel Appel, Frank Auerbach, Markus Lüppertz, Mimrno Paladino, Emil Schumacher and Antoni Tàpies.

Peter Valentiner shows an absolutely mature oeuvre, in which each new step in his artistic exploration is taken from the previous one.


Gisela von Westernhagen

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