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.


Born: Hagen, Germany
Studied at Kunstgewerbeschule, Dortmund, Germany
Founded the artist and exhibition association' Junger Western'
Received the Guggenheim award in New York, NY
Was appointed as professor at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg, Germany
Professorship at Hochschule für bildende Künste, Hamburg
Visiting professorship in Minneapolis, MN
Honored with the "Deutscher Bundestag" by commissioning a mural for the Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany
Died: Ibiza, Spain
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


Emil Schumacher. Frei wie ein Vogel. Bilder und Gouachen aus den 80er- und 90er-Jahren, Emil-Schumacher-Museum, Hagen, Germany (solo)
Emil Schumacher: A Birthday Celebration 2010, Emil Schumacher Museum, Hagen, Germany(solo)
New Freedom: Abstract Art after 1945, Emil Schumacher Museum, Hagen, Germany
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
Informelle Kunst, Galerie Nero, Wiesbaden, Germany
Form und nichtform in der graphik, Galerie Maulberger, Munich, Germany
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
Apollo e Dionisio - Una riconciliazione possibile, Galleria Blu, Milan, Italy
Museumsverein Düren, Jahresgaben 2006, Leopold Hoesch Museum, Düren, Germany
Kunst Unter Euro 5000, Galerie Boisserée, Cologne, Germany
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
Emil Schumacher: Arbeiten auf Papier 1980 - 1999, Galerie Utermann, Dortmund, Germany
Informel, Galerie Rieder, Munich, Germany
V.I.P. 1 - Very Important Pieces, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany
Nur Farbe, Galerie Thomas, Munich, Gemany
Abstract German Art since 1950, Galería Arnés + Röpke, Madrid,Spain
Emil Schumacher - Werke auf Papier 1989-1999, Galerie Hans Strelow, Dusseldorf, Germany
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


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