Light, Space, Movement

Adolf Luther

* 25 April 1912 in Uerdingen; 
† 20 September 1990 in Krefeld

Adolf Luther was a leading representative of the post-war avant-garde in the field o concep­tual Light Art and participated in the major exhibitions in on Kine­tic Art, Zero, Op Art, as well as in exhibitions on archi­tecture and space. His works can be found in numerous museums and public collections.


Archive (German Only)

Adolf Luther

Work & Collection

Von Bartha | Basel | 02.09. - 21.10.2017

Adolf Luther (1912 – 1990, Krefeld, Germany) was a German artist known for his installations that used mirrors, glass, lenses, and lasers to capture light and movement. Associated with Kinetic art as well as ZERO, Luther sought to make a new reality visible, lying beyond the boundaries of perception. His work has been included in seminal exhibitions including ZERO: Coundown to Tomorrow, 1950s – 60s at Guggenheim New York (2014).

Further Informations

Serielle Formationen. Frankfurt 1967

Re-Inszenierungen der ersten deutschen Ausstellung internationaler minimalistischer Tendenzen

Daimler Contemporary Berlin | Berlin | 04.06. - 05.11.2017

The exhibition ‘Serielle Formationen’ (‘Serial Formations’), jointly curated by Peter Roehr and Paul Maenz for the Frankfurter Universität’s studio gallery in 1967, can be seen as the first thematic exhibition on Minimalist trends in Germany. In the context of its exhibition series ‘Minimalism in Germany’, which started in 2005, the Daimler Art Collection is making a first attempt to re-stage the historical presentation.

Further Informations:

Split – Spiegel. Licht. Reflexion.

Schauwerk Sindelfingen | 30.10.2016 - 03.10.2017

Die Ausstellung SPLIT gibt mit rund 130 Werken von 44 internationalen Künstlern einen umfassenden Überblick zum Thema Spiegel, Licht und Reflexion in der Kunst der letzten 50 Jahre.

Adolf Luther and His Collection

An art far beyond the image…

Apart from Adolf Luther’s œuvre, the Foundation keeps a collection of works from among others the Düsseldorf Zero artists and the Nouveaux Réalistes. A further focus is directed to Geometrical Abstraction from the 1920s and 1930s.

The Foundation's Mission

The aims and task of the foundation consist in promoting and supporting research into the intellectual foundations of Concrete Art since the early 1950s, the portrayal and further development of the city of Krefeld as a major focus in Concrete Art, and the upkeep of the founder’s artistic oeuvre and his collection.


  • Kunstmuseen Krefeld
  • Bundesverband Deutscher Stiftungen
  • Sculpture Network
  • Krefelder Kulturrat

Adolf Luther Foundation

was set up in 1989 by the Krefeld light and object artist Adolf Luther (1912- 1990) and in 1990 accredited by the State of North Rhine-Westfalia as a non-profit organisation founded under private law.


Viktoriastraße 112
47799 Krefeld




+49 (2151) 27 91 3