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Markus Lüpertz

Background Information about Markus Lüpertz


Untitled, 2005/6

Markus Lüpertz, now an honorary doctor and rector of Düsseldorf’s Art Academy, is of the most dazzling artists on the German scene. As a "new wild man" of the 1960s he made his name with expressive, representational painting. The "painting king's" interests extend from set design to poetry and prose writing to playing improv jazz on the piano.

His large sculptures, contended since 1980, have instigated major controversy in various European cities. Thematically, Lüpertz is captivated primarily by European history and Greek mythology and its symbolism; he only briefly touches on the abstract. Today he counts among the world’s most important exponents of neo-expressionism.

Over many years time Lüpertz cultivated the technique of color etching. Below two speculative remarks on his motifs:
- The turtle is a symbol of the underworld but also of fertility, domesticity, chastity, and patience.
- "Dressed elegantly the modern dandy (Lüpertz) strolls across the boulevard of the contemporary press as his predecessor did over the Champs-Elysées. Some of his eccentric forerunners were led through the Paris arcades by a turtle. But what the slow turtle was to the classic dandy is now the self-bred attack dog to Lüpertz, whose colors have been bred to match his suit. The means of self-representation have sharpened in the truest sense of the word."

(Sabine Heinlein in the Süddeutsche Zeitung, July 15, 2000)


1941born in Liberec (formerly Reichenberg/Böhmen), Czech Republic
1956-1961studied at Werkkunstschule Krefeld, worked in coal mine, then road construction, followed by further studies in Krefeld and at the Düsseldorf Art Academy, Germany
seit 1961independent artist and poet
1962began "dithyrambish painting" in Berlin, Germany
1964opening of the Galerie Großgörschen 35 in Berlin
1970Villa Romana Prize for a one-year residence in Florence, Italy, began the "German Motifs"
1971German Critics’ Prize
1973Survey of work at the Staatlichen Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany
1974 organized the first Biennale Berlin, Germany
1976-1987Professor at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe, Germany
1977began "Style-Pictures", withdrew participation in "documenta 6" with Georg Baselitz
1980began the "Alice in Wonderland" Cycle
1982Participation in "documenta 7" in Kassel, stage design for the opera Vincent by Rainer Kunad at the Staatstheater Kassel, Germany
1983Stage design for the opera Werther by Jules Massenet at Ulmer Theater (before the premiere, the set was removed at the request of the actors), Ulm, Germany, Professor at the Summer Academy in Salzburg, Austria, Publication of the collection of poems Poems 1961-1983, Selection
1984Residence in New York, creation of the pictures "Pierrot Lunaire"
1985began pictures after Corot
1986Professor at the Düsseldorf Art Academy, Rector since 1988, creation of the "Interspace-Ghost Series"
1989Retrospective of paintings, sculptures, and drawing from 1964 to 1988 at Abbaye Saint-André and Centre d'Art Contemporaine in Meymac, France, began pictures after Poussin
1989-1990Church window design for the Nevers cathedral, France
1990Lovis Corinth Prize of the Essling Artist Guild
1991 Stage design and costumes for the opera The Storm by Frank Martin (after William Shakespeare) at the Bremer Theater, Germany
1993 Creation of the first pictures in the series "Men without Women – Parsifal"
1996 Creation of the "Othello" Cycle, design, stage design, and costumes for Verdi’s opera Troubadour at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Duisburg and Düsseldorf, Germany
1998Von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal, Germany
1999 Began the cycle "Vanitas",  Zeche Zollverein, Essen, Germany
2000 Outfitted the Bensberg Palace park with an ensemble of three sculptures, Germany
2001Wrap-around wall images "The Six Virtues" and the bronze "The Philosophers" for the Berlin Kanzleramt, Germany
2002 Exhibition at IVAM Centre Julio Gonzalez, Valencia and at Museum Würth, Künzelsau, Germany
2003  "Markus Lüpertz: The Augsburg Aphrodite with the preliminary works", Galerie Michael Werner, Cologne, Germany, "German Art Now", Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
2004"Painting is dead – long live Painting. 150 Years Academy of Arts Karlsruhe. Professors from 1947 to 1987", Städtische Galerie, Karlsruhe, Germany
"German Art from an American View", Städelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt, Germany
2005"Markus Lüpertz", Nationalmuseum Breslau, Breslau, Poland, "Ways of the Expressive. Baselitz, Lüpertz, Rainer and Contemporaries. An Insight in a Private Collection",  Schlossmuseum Murnau, Murnau am Staffelsee, Germany
2006"Georg Baselitz, Jörg Immendorff, Markus Lüpertz, A.R. Penck", Shanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China, "Markus Lüpertz: Daphne", Stiftung Museum Schloss Moyland, Germany, "ROMA: Rosemarie Trockel/Markus Lüpertz", Museum Kuppersmühle für Moderne Kunst, Germany
2007 "Markus Lüpertz", Imperial Museum Beijing, China


Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany
Landesmuseum Munich, Germany
Moderna Museet Stockholm, Sweden
Musée d’ Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France
Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany
Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium