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“the colours touch one another. there are no lines between them” that’s how rudy fuchs, in his text for the extensive catalogue “bob bonies”––published in july on the occasion of the artist’s current retrospective at kunstmuseum den haag––describes his work. in 2016 at galerie hoffmann, bonies added lines, tilted lines, when he presented his paintings alongside sculptures by olle baertling. on the occasion of the kunstmuseum show’s last weekend (sept. 5, 2021) views from the exhibition follow.

view of installation from "bob bonies" at kunstmuseum den haag in 2021

view of installation from "bob bonies" at kunstmuseum den haag in 2021

© yves krol

there is actually nothing to be added to those angular assertions, with their straight lines and pure circles. at most, this: the circle is the round form of the square.

rudy fuchs, 2021

the entire body of work consists of uncompromising groups of rectangular and round pieces of form that are placed, moved, divided, shifted, tilted. every shape has a colour that is unrelentingly bright. the colours touch one another. there are no lines between them. they are colours without shadows. this is the idiom of bonies. i see ceaseless energy within clear-cut movements of form and colour. the boundaries of the colour are straight or curved. they originate in the practice of the imagination. corners are right angles, curves are segments of circles. bonies' belief in that morphology is unshakable. they are statements.

[...] it could go in any direction. it is, in fact, limitless. his art, too, became sturdy and immovable, just like a building. there is actually nothing to be added to those angular assertions, with their straight lines and pure circles. at most, this: the circle is the round form of the square. straight and round: these are the two great and essential summaries of form. they are unique and irreplaceable. you can use them to express what can scarcely be put into words but can in fact be seen.

however, years ago, i did venture to present a brief impression to bob bonies. the work is broad, i wrote at the time, and precise. it possesses a tough solidity, as if it wishes to be not only art but also, for example, a building. it actually wants to be used, to step outside of art. it wants, in its way, to become reality, not just a dream. that is how the russians, who inspired it, had envisaged it: large, simple, clear, smoothly tilting planes and colours that remain themselves. not in competition with nature––or perhaps so?

rudy fuchs, 2021 (excerpt from "bonies for example," in "bob bonies" (köln: verlag der buchhandlung walther und franz könig, 2021), p. 13.)

view of installation from "bob bonies" at kunstmuseum den haag

view of installation from "bob bonies" at kunstmuseum den haag

© yves krol

"untitled" (2003, diptych), acrylic on canvas, 240 x 140 cm

"untitled" (2003, diptych), acrylic on canvas, 240 × 140 cm

view of installation from "bob bonies" at kunstmuseum den haag

view of installation from "bob bonies" at kunstmuseum den haag

© yves krol

"untitled" (1972, four part), acrylic on canvas, 255 x 296 cm

"untitled" (1972, four part), acrylic on canvas, 255 × 296 cm

"untitled" (1964, diptych), acrylic on canvas, 305 x 265 cm, collection stedelijk museum schiedam

"untitled" (1964, diptych), acrylic on canvas, 305 × 265 cm, collection stedelijk museum schiedam

"untitled" (1966), acrylic on wood, 30 x 30 cm

"untitled" (1966), acrylic on wood, 30 × 30 cm

view of installation from "bob bonies" at kunstmuseum den haag

view of installation from "bob bonies" at kunstmuseum den haag

© yves krol

view of invitation for bob bonies' solo exhibition at galerie hoffmann in 1991

view of invitation for bob bonies' solo exhibition at galerie hoffmann in 1991

view of invitation for bob bonies' solo exhibition "einfach gut" at galerie hoffmann in 2007/08

view of invitation for bob bonies' solo exhibition "einfach gut" at galerie hoffmann in 2007/08

view of invitation for bob bonies' duo exhibition (with olle baertling) at galerie hoffmann in 2016

view of invitation for bob bonies' duo exhibition (with olle baertling) at galerie hoffmann in 2016