NORBERT TADEUSZ | OLÉ!
4 November 2016 – 21 January 2017 | Duesseldorf
Tadeusz‘ special role within post war German art
The special role Norbert Tadeusz plays within post war German art has been much commented on since the early days of his career. From the 1960s on he consequently pursued his artistic work past common trends, so called -isms and notorious ‚discourses‘. His adherence to gurative painting, which does not derive from a conceptual approach or discusses sociopolitical matters (reasons that may legitimate representational art in the eyes of its critics), but rather from a constant and profound examination of painterly problems such as colour, light, shadow, object, perspective or simply the representability of the world, always seemed to put him in the position of an outsider.
Beck & Eggeling presents rarely seen or exhibited aspects of his oeuvre
Tadeusz is particularly famous for his – sometimes monumental – paintings with paintings of dead animal carcasses in the slaughterhouse, the equestrian paintings from the ‚Palio di Siena‘ or the studio- and so called ‚Tadeusz-scenes‘. Since these bodies of works have been prominently represented in past exhibtions, Beck & Eggeling is particularly delighted to present a selection of paintings which have rarely been seen or have not been exhibited for a long time for this rst solo presentation of the works of Norbert Tadeusz in the gallery. Chronologically the exhibition spans the years from 1974 to 2004 with paintings showing interiors, everday scenes and (what you may call) still lifes. Especially the paintings from the 1970s allow a new way of viewing Tadeusz: as a chronicler of a certain lifestyle and Zeitgeist.
Apart from this rediscovery of particular themes and subjects, the presentation also provides a perspective for a revaluation and -classi cation of Tadeusz‘ oeuvre. By highlighting references to the paintings of David Hockney or Pop Art for instance, the exhibition illustrates contexts to which little attention had been drawn to so far.
The exhibition Olé is presented in close collaboration with the Norbert Tadeusz Estate represented by Beck & Eggeling since the begining of this year.
In conjunction with the exhibition a catalogue with a text by Reinhard Spieler, director of Sprengel Museum in Hannover, will be published.
About the artist
Norbert Tadeusz (1940 – 2011) was born in Dortmund, Germany, and stu- died at the renowned Kunstakademie Düsseldorf from 1961 to 1966 under Gerhard Hoehme, Joseph Fassbender, and Joseph Beuys. In 1966 his rst solo-exhibition at gallery Gunar in Düsseldorf caused a stir when it was shut down by police due to indecency. His rst one-man-show in a museum took place in 1970 at Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf im Ehrenhof and was followed by many solo-presentations in Germany throughout his career. Tadeusz was in- cluded in the Venice Biennale in 1982 and later exhibited widely thoughout Europe, Asia and the United States. In 1992 the Museum Insel Hombroich, a private museum complex near Neuss, opened the Tadeusz Pavilion, a building exclusively designed to permanently house his monumental paintings. As a professor he taught at renowned art schools in Münster, Karlsruhe, Berlin and Braunschweig. Norbert Tadeusz died on 11 July 2011 in his studio in Düssel- dorf. Most recent exhibitions of his work took place at widely acclaimed shows at ESMoA (in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art) in El Segundo, USA, and at the Faurschou Foundation in Peking, China.