German artist Imi Knoebel has designed three new stained glass windows for the Cathedral in Reims, which was severely damaged by German bombing in World War Two.
Knoebel refused payment for the commission, which was funded by the German Foreign Ministry at a cost of €900,000. The pieces were officially given to the cathedral on Monday 11 May during a ceremony which was attended by the German minister for foreign affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and the French minister for foreign affairs, Laurent Fabius. The colourful glass is hoped to be a symbol of reconciliation between the two countries.
Knoebel is a German artist who was born in 1940 and who is known for his minimalist and abstract painting. His works often use bright primary colours and a distinct ‘knife cut’ techniques.