The (non-)colour black is coded worldwide as #000000. Under this same heading, the exhibition brings together works from the holdings of the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz in which black is the point of departure and culmination of the creative process. This includes works by Willi Baumeister, Werner Knaupp and Richard Serra, which reflect on how black becomes manifest on surfaces and in motifs for the sublime, the profane and the objective. Knaupp’s powerful black panel paintings compellingly symbolise the growth and decay of life. On the other hand, Serra examines the expressive and contemplative impact of black. Works by K.R.H. Sonderborg are being exhibited here for the first time. Although his oeuvre is considered to be non-figurative, his art betray a formal idiom that evokes figurative associations. His style of painting creates volume and emptiness, defines planes and spaces and denotes standstill and movement. Black appears as gesture, associative sign and/or abstract object.