Blinky Palermo

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Blinky Palermo (born as Peter Heisterkamp *1943 in Leipzig; † 1977 in Vihamanaafushi, Maledives) was a German artist whose innovative and enigmatic works left an indelible mark on the world of contemporary art. Born Peter Heisterkamp in 1943, he adopted the name “Palermo” as an homage to the American gangster Frank “Blinky” Palermo. Palermo’s artistry spanned painting, sculpture, and installation, blending minimalism with vibrant color palettes and geometric forms.

His oeuvre is characterized by a fusion of rigorous geometric abstraction and a playful, almost whimsical, use of color. Palermo’s exploration of shape, line, and space pushed the boundaries of traditional painting, often creating works that exist on the threshold between painting and sculpture. He employed materials like fabric, metal, and wood alongside traditional canvas, challenging the conventions of the medium.

Palermo’s artistic philosophy revolved around the idea of the “object,” emphasizing the physical presence and materiality of his creations. His work reflected a profound engagement with space, often incorporating the surrounding environment into the viewer’s experience.

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2020 

Museum Ludwig, Köln; Blinky Palermo. Die gesamten Editionen. Schenkung Ulrich Reininghaus

since 2016 permanent exhibition at Museum DASMAXIMUM KunstGegenwart, Traunreut


2014/15

Schloss Morsbroich, Leverkusen: Das grafische Werk


2012 

Museum DKM, Duisburg, Die gesamte Grafik

2010

Dia Art Foundation, New York; (Retrospective)

2011 LWL – Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kultur, Münster and Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, St. Gallen „Who knows the beginning and who knows the end“

2007

Kunsthalle Düsseldorf; (Retrospective) 2007: Museu Serralves, Porto; Lugares e materiais: colecção da fundação de Serralves 

1993 

Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig

1991 

Galerie Museum, Bozen, Metall- und Stoffbilder, Objekte, Siebdrucke

1984

Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Winterthur; (Retrospective).

1983

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York; (Group).


1993

Kunstmuseum Bonn; (Retrospective)

1977 

documenta 6 in Kassel

1975

German Pavillon with Baselitz and Polke at XIII.Bienal de Sao Paulo


1972 

documenta 5 in Kassel

1969 

Kabinett für aktuelle Kunst, Bremerhaven, with Henning Christiansen (Music)

1966 

Galerie Friedrich und Dahlem, München

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