The Drawings

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Portrait Liz Kertelge , 1966 Graphite On Paper 86 × 61 Cm © Courtesy of Nolan Judin
The Drawings
Curated by: Pamela Kort

Potsdamer Strasse 83
10785 Berlin
January 14th, 2012 - February 25th, 2012
Opening: January 13th, 2012 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

+49.30.39 40 48 40
Tuesday – Saturday 11.00 – 18.00 or by appointment


Nolan Yudin pleased with Eugen Schoenebeck - The Dra-wings to present the most comprehensive exhibition of graphic works by the Berlin artist Eugen Schoenebeck.

Eugen Schoenebeck, born in 1936 near Dresden, is a myth of German art history. As he explained to his career as a painter in 1967 after less than 10 years of active service terminated unexpectedly, and for largely withdrew from public life, he had just 50 oil paintings (of which only 39 will remain) and created nearly 400 drawings.

After training as a professional decorative painter's artistic training began in 1954 at the College of Applied Arts in East Berlin - in the class for painting large areas. Just one year later he moved to West Berlin where he studied until 1961 at the College of Fine Arts (now University of the Arts) for, inter alia, Hans Jaenisch and Hans Kuhn. There he met two years younger Georg Baselitz, which he later so-called 1961 the first Pandemoniac manifesto created, which served as an exhibition poster for a joint exhibition in a condemned house. Together, the college friends were working on a new and violent expression in painting, leaning confidently against the art establishment and be in force dictates of abstraction. They reiterated this in her second pandemonic Manifesto of 1962, after which they parted ways. In the same year Schönebeck had his first solo exhibition in Berlin. This was followed up today, only seven other solo shows - all in Germany - most recently the highly acclaimed retrospective exhibition at the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt in early 2011. His work, however, was recognized in numerous important group exhibitions about German (and "German-German") post-war art, including "German Art in the 20th Century" (London and Stuttgart, 1985/86), "Images of Germany" (Berlin, 1997 ) and "Art of Two Germanys" (Los Angeles, Nuremberg and Berlin, 2009).

Beautiful pool, like many artists of his generation to witness the horrors of World War II. He made but one of the few working through the traumatic events of World War II on his artistic work. It is estimated Schönebeck especially for his depictions of tortured, grotesque and often comical human body, which found the post-war years, a disturbing visual expression. In the materialistic age of "economic miracle", he called the art of "morality" and sympathized with socialism. The informality and spontaneity of the prevailing "Informal" were good for his opinion, not for the renewal of society. Schönebeck chose the figurative painting as a broad-based and revolutionary gesture and wrestled it visible to his subjects.

Eugene Schönebeck - The Drawings include nearly 60 drawings from the years 1957 to 1966 - from the early tachistic compositions to the late, monumental portraits. Many of them are from the collection of the artist, and here are first issued. They are complemented by significant loans from the collections of the Gallery and the Berlinische Stadel Museum and private collections. Three exemplary paintings from the years 1962 and 1963 provide an insight into the workings of the artist. For the exhibition, which displays a comprehensive publication, the American art historian Pamela Kort is responsible.

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