Emil Schumacher (German, August 29, 1912–October 4, 1999) was born in Hagen, Germany. The Abstract Expressionist artist studied at School of Arts in Dortmund from 1932 to 1935. His earlier works show mainly Cubist-influenced landscapes. After World War II, he founded Junger Westen with artist colleagues. The group aimed to restore the connection to Modern Art, which was lost in the time of the Third Reich.

In the 1950s, Schumacher developed non-objective color-focused works. In 1955, he became famous through his first exhibitions. He achieved internal recognition as a result of his participation in Biennale di Venezia in 1961, and through his several documenta exhibitions. From 1958 to 1960, he held a professorship at Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg. Today, the artist’s works are held in various famous museums worldwide. In 1998, the German government commissioned him for a mural in the renovated Reichstag building in Berlin. Schumacher died one year later in Ibiza, Spain.

Timeline

1912
Born: Hagen, Germany
1932–1935
Studied at Kunstgewerbeschule, Dortmund, Germany
1947
Founded the artist and exhibition association' Junger Western'
1958
Received the Guggenheim award in New York, NY
Was appointed as professor at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg, Germany
1958–1960
Professorship at Hochschule für bildende Künste, Hamburg
1967–1968
Visiting professorship in Minneapolis, MN
1998
Honored with the "Deutscher Bundestag" by commissioning a mural for the Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany
1999
Died: Ibiza, Spain
2009
The Emil Schumacher Museum was dedicated to the life’s work of the artist Emil Schumacher from Hagen and opened on August in Hagen, Germany

Exhibitions

2012–2013
Emil Schumacher. Frei wie ein Vogel. Bilder und Gouachen aus den 80er- und 90er-Jahren, Emil-Schumacher-Museum, Hagen, Germany (solo)
2010
Emil Schumacher: A Birthday Celebration 2010, Emil Schumacher Museum, Hagen, Germany(solo)
New Freedom: Abstract Art after 1945, Emil Schumacher Museum, Hagen, Germany
2009
Emil Schumacher: Material As a Motif, Emil Schumacher Museum, Hagen, Germany(solo)
Emil Schumacher - Radierungen und Arbeiten auf Papier, Galerie Boisserée, Cologne, Germany(solo)
Die Neue Galerie – Auftritt im Schloss!, Museum Schloß Wilhelmshöhe, Kassel, Germany
2008
Informelle Kunst, Galerie Nero, Wiesbaden, Germany
Form und nichtform in der graphik, Galerie Maulberger, Munich, Germany
2007
Emil Schumacher, Museum der Stadt Ratingen, Ratingen, Germany(solo)
Der Erde näher als den Sternen, Sprengel Museum Hannover, Hannover, Germany(solo)
Die aufregende Kunst des 20. Jahrhunderts, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany
Homenaje a Picasso, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes Santiago Chile, Santiago, Chile
2006
Apollo e Dionisio - Una riconciliazione possibile, Galleria Blu, Milan, Italy
Museumsverein Düren, Jahresgaben 2006, Leopold Hoesch Museum, Düren, Germany
2005
Kunst Unter Euro 5000, Galerie Boisserée, Cologne, Germany
2004
Zineb Sedira: Telling stories with differences, Cornerhouse, Manchester, U.K
Emil Schumacher, Galerie Maulberger, Munich, Germany(solo)
Auf Papier, Galerie Neher GmbH & Co. KG, Essen, Germany
2003
Emil Schumacher: Arbeiten auf Papier 1980 - 1999, Galerie Utermann, Dortmund, Germany
Informel, Galerie Rieder, Munich, Germany
2002
V.I.P. 1 - Very Important Pieces, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany
Nur Farbe, Galerie Thomas, Munich, Gemany
2001
Abstract German Art since 1950, Galería Arnés + Röpke, Madrid,Spain
Emil Schumacher - Werke auf Papier 1989-1999, Galerie Hans Strelow, Dusseldorf, Germany
1998
Neue Werke - Galerie Hans Strelow, Dusseldorf, Germany(solo)
Abstraktion Figuration III, Galerie Dieter Wilbrand, Cologne, Germany

Public Collections

The Emil Schumacher Museum, Hagen, Germany
Museum für Neue Kunst, Freiburg, Germany
ALTANA Kulturstiftung im Sinclair-Haus, Bad Homburg, Germany
Gustav-Lübcke-Museum, Hamm, Germany
Museum Folkwang Essen, Essen, Germany
Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, Linz, Austria
Tate Britain, London, U.K
Tate Modern, London, U.K
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY

Literature

2007
Ulrich Krempel und Volker Rattemeyer (Hg.): Emil Schumacher - der Erde näher als den Sternen, Sprengel Museum Hannover, Hanover, Germany(catalogue)
1997
Schumacher, Emil. Rétrospective. Ausst. Kat. Galerie Nationale Jeu de Paume.Paris, France(Catalogue)
1996
Schumacher, Emil. Emil Schumacher: Fur Ulla(German Edition).Rhino Verlag:Ilmenau
1981
Schmalenbach, Werner. Emil Schumacher.DuMont: Cologne