LÜPERTZ | »Art, which stands in the way«

March 18 – May 29, 2016
im MKM Museum Küppersmühle for Modern Art

Painter and sculptor, poet and jazz musician, intellectual and craftsman, footballer and workaholic – Markus Lüpertz defies categorization. And yet over the past 50 years he has dedicated himself unfalteringly to fashioning a uniquely distinctive body of work which has since entered the canon of German art history.

From March 18, 2016, the Foundation for Art and Culture is exhibiting some 80 works from across his major creative phases in the MKM Museum Küppersmühle. Whilst the main focus lies in his painting, the show also features sculptures, reliefs, and plates. Markus Lüpertz has also produced numerous series, including the 33-part Daedalus cycle, which is accorded a special space within the exhibition. Several pieces on view, such as the 20-part Gegen Abend besetzen Störche Lüpolis (Towards Evening the Storks Occupy Lüpolis), are being unveiled to the general public for the first time.

All these works derive from the Ströher Collection, which, as one of the few collections, boasts such an extensive selection of Markus Lüpertz’ output as to enable a full appreciation of his artistic development spanning the past five decades. The exhibition also draws an arc back to the beginnings of Lüpertz’s artistic career: Kunst, die im Wege steht (Art, which stands in the Way), the title of his first show in 1966, which was held in the Galerie Großgörschen 35 in Berlin. With this eponymous 2016 exhibition, the MKM is presenting a survey of works from across the past 50 years by one of the most acclaimed German artists of the post-war generation.

Credits: Lüpertz, Kunst die im Wege steht, MKM 2016, Photo: Georg Lukas