Markus Lüpertz, ‘Vogelscheuche’, 2014, Almine Rech Gallery

Image rights: Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech Gallery © Hugard & Vanoverschelde photography

About Markus Lüpertz

Markus Lüpertz is known for his expressively rendered paintings and sculptures, which often merge abstraction and representation. His career first gained traction in the early 1960s, and he was the head of the Düsseldorf Art Academy, one of Germany’s most acclaimed art schools, for 22 years. In his work, Lüpertz combines references to popular culture, biblical and mythological themes and protagonists, and his country’s history and culture, including the Nazi era. His series of paintings of military helmets and other wartime symbols caused controversy in the 1970s, initiating a fraught relationship between him and the viewing public. “You cannot understand the artist in his time, you can only love or hate him,” Lüpertz has said.

German, b. 1941, Liberec, Czech Republic

Solo Shows

2017
Munich,
Markus Lüpertz - Studien zu einer Skulptur

Group Shows

2016
Latvian National Museum of Art, 
Riga, Latvia,
Wahlverwandtschaften, Deutsche Kunst seit den späten 1960er Jahren
2015
Paris,
EXPOSITION CHOICES - 40 ARTISTES / 40 GALERIES
1984
Museum of Modern Art, 
New York, NY, USA,
An International Survey of Recent Painting and Scultpure
1983
The Tate Gallery, 
London, UK,
New Art at the Tate Gallery
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