Blinky Palermo, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, 2009, was my first experience of the artist. I responded immediately to the scale and series aspect of the paintings which played with order and variation. The painting manner which was minimal but not hard edge has some reference in Arte Povera. I asked the German artist, Bernd Kirken who was with me if he was a good artist and he said ‘yes of course he’s very good’. So when home I researched Palermo’s work and a few years later saw some of his large material works at the MMK Museum, Frankfurt.