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Klaus Hähner-Springmühl\, born in Zwickau (Saxony) in 1950\, died in Leipzig in 2006\, was one of East Germany’s most idiosyncratic art ists. From the 1970s onwards\, he was a radical performer who experienced a nd documented his life as an art process\, not on the sunny side of the soc ialist establishment but shoulder to shoulder with therebelsof his generati on in Karl-Marx-Stadt\, Dresden\, Leipzig and East Berlin. Hähner-Springmüh l appeared as an outlandish fortune-seeker\, always open to things unheard of and to chance\, continually askew with the normalizing injunctions of th e political system. He did not avoid battles\, trying out possible forms an d making things happen – as a boxer\, an artist and a musician. His express ive pictorial sketches\, photographs\, abrasive painted-over photos\, objec ts\, montages-demontages\, actions and free-jazz interventions were astonis hing and wonderfully open to risk. He wanted nothing to do with GDR state a rt. That is why it will always be a mistake to try and incorporate or draw him into that nationalized web of lies. Those who were close to him saw him as a guiding light\, although personally\, he was suspicious of any claim to leadership\, and he could successfully evade any demands on him\, as wel l as the regulating powers. He immersed himself in chaos\, fragmenting his surroundings in his own perception\; but he remained calm\, as if sending o ut signals from a well-tempered universe. Time came off the rails when he w as hammering out his tune. (Christoph Tannert)

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A catalogue is appea ring for the exhibition (128 pages\, German / English)\, priced at 25 Euros \; it presents the artist’s largely unknown works and includes texts by Gun ar Barthel\, Erich WolfgangHartzsch\, Barbara Köhler\, Claus Löser\, Floria n Merkel\, Olaf Nicolai\, Christoph Tannert and Joerg Waehner.

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We w ill be showing the filmRichterstr. 9 by Erich WolfgangHartzsch in th e exhibitionat 7pm on 1st February 2013\; Hartzsch was an active member\, alongside Klaus Hähner-Springmühl\,ofthe legendaryfree-jazz forma tion "Kartoffelschälmaschine". Filmhistorian and catalogue author Dr. Claus Löser will provide an introduction to this work.

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Special thanks ar e due to Mike Hähner-Springmühl and Gitte Hähner-Springmühl\, without whom it would have been impossible to realize this project.

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We also appr eciate the generosity of Gunar Barthel and Tobias Tetzner in lending us doc uments\, materials and works of art.

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We are very grateful to boesne r GmbH / supplier of artist materials for the support given to us.

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