Hans Hinterreiter: A Theory of Form and Color

(July 9- September 12, 2013)

Drawn from the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery’s collection of more than forty works by the Swiss color theorist Hans Hinterreiter (1902–1989), this exhibition will be the first solo exhibition in the United States of the artist’s paintings and prints since his 1988 retrospective at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Hinterreiter shared a rigorous approach to art making with the seminal Swiss architect, painter, and writer Max Bill, who stated in 1949 that “it is possible to develop an art to a large extent on the basis of mathematical thinking.” While the majority of the works selected for this exhibition were created by the artist in the 1960s and 1970s, five rare studies in gouache from the 1930s and 1940s, some with the artist’s annotated notes in the margins, will be included, along with monographs the artist has written on the subject of color and form theory.

Hans Hinterreiter: A Theory of Form and Color has been made possible, in part, by a generous donation from Leslie Cecil and Creighton Michael, M.A. ’76.