One of the most important post-World War II artists in Germany, Markus Lüpertz helped chronicle and shape the postwar image of his country, achieving enormous success across Europe. This exhibition, organized in close collaboration with the artist himself, explores his five-decade career, from his earliest works—the perplexing ‘dithyrambs’ and provocative manipulations of German motifs, such as helmets and fields of wheat—to the more recent paintings that are redolent with mythological subject matter and art historical allusions. Lüpertz’s entire body of work is fraught with a fundamental tension between figuration and abstraction as the artist continuously challenges art-historical givens and norms of modernism. Find out more about the exhibition from the Phillips’ Collection website.
Read our interview with the artist here.
‘Markus Lüpertz‘ coincides with the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden’s Markus Lüpertz: Threads of History (May 24–September 10), an in-depth exploration of the artist’s revealing early work. Together, the two presentations form Lüpertz’s first major US museum retrospective.
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