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MARKUS LÜPERTZ 8.2.-10.5.2020

The internationally renowned German painter Markus Lüpertz (b.1941) represents one of the most distinctive profiles of German post-war avant-garde. With his provoking and unconventional imagery he promoted a redefinition of modern German painting. In the mid-1960s he invented his lyrical-solemn – the so-called ‘dithyrambic’ – art, combining figurative naturalism with abstract components to form a stylistically expressive and optimistic idiom.

His ‘German motifs’, which in the 1970s referenced historically tainted national symbols such as steel helmets, military uniforms and pathos-filled landscape idylls, placing them in the no-man's land between ecstatic euphoria and depression, emerge as powerful aesthetic monuments, dramatically poised between chaos and order. Add to this Lüpertz’s reflections on his curious artistic practice through an insistent serial repetition of the motif comparable to a perpetual struggle against perfection and a romantic tribute to the incomplete.

Lüpertz’s works often reveal an epic dimension, and they are usually based on traditional mythological motifs from the classical era. Though his paintings adhere to traditional methods and topics, they strive for liberation from a specific context or artistic programme by embracing painting itself as the artistic content. As open philosophical backdrops Lüpertz's artworks inevitably become reflections of the viewers' personal world views. To put it plainly: In Lüpertz’s art the depicted motif is not identical to the theme or message of the picture, and the specific meaning of the art object is only articulated in the meeting with the viewer.

With the presentation of Markus Lüpertz Museum Jorn contributes to the celebration of the Danish-German Year of Cultural Friendship 2020. The exhibition has a retrospective slant and includes more than 90 of the artist’s most striking paintings from the 1960s till today and a selection of distinctive bronzes and wax sculptures. With the exhibition, which is the first comprehensive museum presentation of Markus Lüpertz’s art in Denmark, Museum Jorn wishes to give its guests the possibility of forming their own impression of how Lüpertz’s unconventional art, through stubbornness and persistence, manages to challenge the principles and the parameters applied in the production of visual art as well as its own content and, in particular, its own audience.


The exhibition is supported by
Augustinus Fonden
Knud Højgaards Fond
Birkelsche Stiftung für Kunst und Kultur
Goethe Institut

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The exhibition is part of the German-Danish Cultural Friendship Year 2020





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