Symposium photos “Personal Structures", Ludwig Museum, Germany. 2005

On 16 april 2005, the first "Personal Structures" symposium took place, dedicated exclusively to the relevance non-objective art has today and for the future.

About this symposium a book has been published by GlobalArtAffairs Publishing "Personal Structures".


Dr. Beate Reifenscheid has been Director of the Ludwig Museum in the Deutschherrenhaus, Koblenz, Germany since 1997. Since 2000 she has been teaching art history at the University of Koblenz-Landau. She has undertaken many exhibitions and publications, mostly dealing with French art, as well as international exhibition projects.


Thomas Rieger was a research associate at the Karl Ernst Osthaus-Museum in Hagen from 1998 until 2003, and taught art history and architectural theory at the RWTH Technical University in Aachen. Since 2004 he has been a research associate at the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany. Most recently, he has published: “Thinking Utopia – Steps into Other Worlds”, Oxford/New York 2005, co-edited together with Jörn Rüsen and Michael Fehr.


Dr. Peter Lodermeyer, art historian and freelance author in Bonn, is responsible for the conception, text, and documentation of the “Personal Structures“ project. In addition to the book “Personal Structures. Works and Dialogues” (2003), he has published many texts on modern and contemporary art, most recently, essays on the works of Takashi Naraha (Sculpture Magazine, Nov. 2005) and Jeff Koons (Wallraf-Richartz-Jahrbuch 2005).

Thomas Pihl, a Norwegian artist, lives and works in New York City, as well as in Bergen, Norway.  With his series of acrylics pictures called “Prearticulation”, Pihl takes up the perfect aesthetics of our visual everyday culture and questions them with subtle means at the same time. The complexity of his artistic means affords the viewer a slow, precisely detailed, and conscious process of perception.


Dr. Michael Fehr, Direktor Karl-Ernst-Osthaus- Museum, Hagen:

“Nicht-gegenständliche Malerei im Zeitalter elektronischer Medien” – Ein Referat, in dem die nicht-gegenständliche und insbesondere die monochrome Malerei als das “schärfste Instrument” vorgestellt wird, das zur Beuteilung des Wirklichkeitsanspruchs von Bildern im Zeitalter der Digitalisierung zur Verfügung steht.   




Johannes Girardoni, born in Austria, lives and works in New York City, maintaining a second studio in addition in the Austrian Burgenland. His three-dimensional works, mostly out of found wood, wax, and pigment aim at an open process of reception, meant to be open to new experiences, including self-experiences in bodily contact with the works.

Rene Rietmeyer, Dutch artist and initiator of the project “Personal Structures”, works in various countries, mainly in Europe, the USA and Japan. In connection with his travels he developed the concept of the installation of “Boxes”, which Rietmeyer regards as the carriers of his emotions and visual proof of his existence as a person.





Prof. Klaus Honnef, freelance curator and author was, among other things, co-organizer of the documenta 5 and 6 in Kassel (responsible for its first photography section in 1977) and from 1974 to 1999, he was Director of the exhibitions at the Rheinisches Landesmuseum Bonn. Since 1979 he has held diverse professorships and taught extensively. He has carried out numerous exhibitions, books and catalogues as well as publications in daily newspapers and art and specialized magazines. He is a member of ICOM (International Council Of Museums )-Germany.