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Ludger Gerdes' 1985 work on paper is just one of many examples in which Gerdes explored his central themes of architecture and public space. With ink, he circles the question of conditions determining the possibility or impossibility of art being autonomous. In his eyes, those questions have a model character and serve as a visual metaphor in peoples’ communication.
In the early 1980s, with his critique of modern art strongly associated with museums and temporary exhibitions, Ludger Gerdes became known primarily for his activism. He worked on two tracks in the fields of visual art and philosophy. He defended art as a means of shaping public space and as a medium of social communication. While his paintings dealt with questions of surface and pictorial reality, his art in general examined the objecthood of things, the degree of reality and its public function.