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1,400 Square Feet of Candy-Colored Resin Layered Onto the Floor of a German Museum

Painter Peter Zimmermann has moved his colorful hues from canvas to floor in his latest exhibition “Freiburg School,” at the Museum für Neue Kunst in Freiburg, Germany. The installation is composed of bright blue, pink, and peach resin that appears like a candy-colored lagoon beneath the feet of museum-goers. This resin covers more than 1,400 square feet, layered in fluid patterns that subtly reflect Zimmerman’s abstract works on the walls. These pieces are also multi-layered— oil paintings that symbolize digital media motifs, a theme that has begun to often influence contemporary painting.

“When I realized my first floor piece about eight years ago, it represented an attempt to break with the shiny surface of the synthetic resin works,” said Zimmermann in a conversation with German journalist Till Briegleb. “The fact that visitors actually walk on it necessarily means that the surface will get scratched, destroyed. It develops a kind of patina as a result. Trainers leave scuff marks, high heels leave scratches. All of which are all interesting relicts…. I think that these traces correspond to the brush strokes of the oil paintings.”

Zimmermann was born in 1965 in Freiburg, and “Freiburg School” is his first large solo exhibition that has been exhibited in his hometown.

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