Blue Triangle, Blinky Palermo
Blinky Palermo
Blue Triangle
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Blinky Palermo

Blue Triangle, 1969

485 x 535 mm
Physical Description
Collage; text sheet on "Blaues Dreieck" with brush and colour tube
Inventory Number
DB123C D
Deutsche Bank Collection at the Städel Museum
Not on display


About the Work

Blinky Palermo not only created the work, but also provided the assembly instructions. 'Blue Triangle' is the simple material for an interactive artwork as defined by Minimal Art. In the text accompanying this work, the artist invites the viewer to lend a hand himself. The result is that individual artistic gestures lose some of their validity. The choice of position which the protagonist decides on is of fundamental significance. Palermo repeatedly undertook visual changes in the form of various geometrical wall paintings. He wanted to set a new standard of seeing in the Constructivist style. At the same time, the art market is subverted through the demand to pass on the original, in that a tradable commodity no longer exists. Even though the artist, who died at the early age of thirty-six, did not want to be classified within any kind of '-ism', he consciously moved in the field of tension between Minimal Art and Fluxus.

Work Data

Basic Information

Blue Triangle
Part of
Blue Triangle
Part Number / Total
3 / 3
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Collage; text sheet on "Blaues Dreieck" with brush and colour tube
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Bezeichnet unten Mitte: Malen Sie mit Hilfe der Schablone ein / blaues Dreieck über eine Tür. Ver- / schenken Sie dann das Original Blatt. / Palermo / August 1969

Property and Acquisition

Sammlung Deutsche Bank im Städel Museum, Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020
Deutsche Bank Collection at the Städel Museum

Work Content

Motifs and References

Main Motif
Associated Persons and Institutions


  • 5 Abstract Ideas and Concepts
  • 49L12 Roman script; scripts based on the Roman alphabet
  • 53C2 Command
  • 49D43 prism ~ stereometry
  • 22C4(WHITE) colours, pigments, and paints: white
  • 22C4(BLUE) colours, pigments, and paints: blue

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