Markus Oehlen, ‘Untitled’, 2014, Gerhardsen Gerner

Image rights: Courtesy: Gerhardsen Gerner, Berlin / Oslo

About Markus Oehlen

Markus Oehlen, brother of artist Albert Oehlen, was a former leader of Germany’s Neue Wilde movement, an anti-establishment group initially formed in the 1980s in opposition to avant-garde, Minimalist, and Conceptual art. The group, which also included the painter Martin Kippenberger, favored expressive painting with vibrant colors and bold brushstrokes. Oehlen takes samples from punk and pop culture in his paintings, appropriating found imagery and employing a range of different techniques including silkscreen, photocopying, and printing. His images occupy a space between figuration and abstraction: forms shift in and out of focus in multilayered compositions, and pixel-like elements reference digital imagery. Oehlen is also an abstract sculptor and a musician.

German, b. 1956, Krefeld, Germany

Solo Shows

Group Shows

2016
Groninger Museum, 
Groningen, Netherlands,
Die Neuen Wilden. Figurative Malerei in der BRD in den 80er Jahren
2016
Exhibition hall Arsenals, 
Riga, Latvia,
German Art Since The Late 1960s
2016
Latvian National Museum of Art, 
Riga, Latvia,
Wahlverwandtschaften, Deutsche Kunst seit den späten 1960er Jahren
2015
Staatsgalerie Moderner Kunst, 
Augsburg, Germany,
Aufruhr in Augsburg. Deutsche Malerei der 1960er bis 1980er Jahre
2015
Haus der Kunst, 
Munich, Germany,
Geniale Dilletanten. Subkultur der 1980er Jahre in Deutschland
2003
ZKM Karlsruhe, 
Karlsruhe, Germany,
Obsessive Malerei
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