Markus Lüpertz  (German, 1941) 

Markus Lüpertz (German, b.1941) is a painter, sculptor, and writer known just as much for his sense of humor as for his art work. He was born in Liberec, Bohemia (now the Czech Republic), but his family migrated to Rheydt, Germany, in 1948. Lüpertz studied at the Werkkunstschule Krefeld, but worked as a coal miner for a year before studying at Academie Düsseldorf. He then spent a year working in road construction before traveling to Paris, France. Lüpertz moved back to Berlin in 1962 and created his Dithyrambic series of paintings. He opened the Galerie Grossgörschen 35 in Berlin in 1964 with his exhibition Dithyrambic Malerei. Two years later, he published Art That Gets in the Way, Dithyrambic Manifesto. Lupertz moved to Florence, Italy, in 1970, and won the German Critic''s Association Prize in 1971.

While known primarily for his art, Lupertz published a collection of poems in 1981, and has edited a journal since 2003. He has dabbled in theater productions as well; he did the stage design for the operas Vincent in 1982, Werther in 1983, and The Storm in 1991. If his work in literature wasn''t enough, he also created one of 12 cathedral windows for Machabaerchir in St. Andreas Cathedral in Cologne. He became a professor at the Staatlichen Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in 1986. Lüpertz has won many awards and accolades including the Lovis Corinth Prize of the Artists Guild.

The artist’s work is an eclectic mix of abstraction, and his sculptures are primarily heads and faces with a few full body miniatures. Lüpertz’s sense of humor and disregard for the rules have also gained him a reputation. He once signed a student''s application form just because he thought it was funny that the students tried to sneak it through at a book signing. It is said he had silver rings made for several professors and a single gold ring for himself, possibly imitating the rings of the Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien (English, 1882–1973). The rings were also designed to help take the tops off beer bottles. Lüpertz currently lives and works in Düsseldorf and Karlsruhe, Germany.

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Markus Lüpertz, Installationsansicht/ Installation View


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Michael Werner Kunsthandel
Markus Lüpertz, Installationsansicht/ Installation View


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Installationsansicht/ Installation View

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Markus Lüpertz, Installationsansicht/ Installation View


Markus Lüpertz
Installationsansicht/ Installation View

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Markus Lüpertz, Ich Orpheus


Markus Lüpertz
Ich Orpheus

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Markus Lüpertz, Cassandra


Markus Lüpertz

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Markus Lüpertz, Arkadien - Im Walde


Markus Lüpertz
Arkadien - Im Walde

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Markus Lüpertz, Dürers Garten II


Markus Lüpertz
Dürers Garten II

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Markus Lüpertz, Arkadien


Markus Lüpertz

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Markus Lüpertz, Arkadien


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Markus Lüpertz
Birkenau, 2007
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Markus Lüpertz, Kleine Sommergrausamkeit


Markus Lüpertz
Kleine Sommergrausamkeit, 1989-1992
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Markus Lüpertz, Lichtes Monument


Markus Lüpertz
Lichtes Monument, 1989-1992
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1941   Born April 25 in Leberec, Bohemia
1956 - 1961   Student: Werkkunstschule Krefeld & Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany
1964   Co-founder of the Galerie Großgörschen, Berlin, Germany
1966   Published the manifesto “Kunst, die im Wege steht. Dithyrambisches Manifest”, Galerie Grossgorschen 35, Berlin; Galerie Potsdamer, Berlin
1968   Published the manifesto “Die Anmut des 20. Jahrhunderts wird durch die von mir erfundene Dithyrambe sichtbar gemacht”
1970   Recipient, Villa Romana Award, Florence, Italy
1971   Recipient, Deutscher Kritikverband-Award
1975   Published the first collection of poems titled “9 x 9”
1976   Professor at Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Karlsruhe, Germany
1981   Published a collection of poems 'Ich spiele...'
1982   Stage setting for the opera 'Vincent', Staatstheater in Kassel, Germany
1983   Stage setting for the opera 'Werther' Ulmer Theater
1983   Professor Summer Academy in Salzburg
1986   Professor at the Staatliche Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany
1988 - 1989   Study for glass windows for the cathedral, Nevers, France
1991   "Retrospective 1963/1990" at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid.
  Moved to Berlin
  Published a collection of poems 'Gedichte 1961/83'
  Travelled to NY & published 'Tagebuch NY 1984'
  Published a collection of poems 'Ich stand...'
  First book of poems: '9x9'
  Adjunct professor
  Lives and works in Düsseldorf and Karlsruhe
2013   Helge Leiberg, A.R. Penck, Markus Lüpertz u.a. – MALER und BILDHAUER, Galerie Winter, Wiesbaden, Germany
2011   Classique hors norme, Suzanne Tarasiève, Paris, France (solo)
2011   Kunstlocatie Würth, ’s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
2010   Mythos und Metamorphose, Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie, Regensburg, Germany
2009   Dithyrambische Malerei, El Sourdog hex, Berlin, Germany
2009   Retrospective, Kunst und Austellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn, Gern
2009   Art of Two Germanys/Cold War Cultures, LACMA, Los Angeles, traveling to Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg and Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin, Germany
2009   Paint Made Flesh, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, traveling to The Phillis Collection, Wahsington, D.C. and Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY
2009   Dithyrambische Malerei, El Sourdog Hex, Berlin, Germany
2009   Skull, Kunstakademie, Düsseldorff, Germany
2009   Retrospective, Kunst, und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn, Germany
2008   Music, Galerie Emmgoss, Dresden, Germany
2008   Mercurius (Entwurfsmodelle), RWE Turm, Essen, Germany
2008   The Image of the Spike – Markus Lüpertz in the Museum der Brotkultur, Museum der Brotkultur, Ulm, Germany
2008   Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin, Ireland
2008   Serial Works on Paper, Julius Werner Berlin, Berlin, Germany
2008   Pretty Ugly, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York; “Series Drawings”, Michael Werner Gallery, New York, NY
2007   ROMA, Rosemarie Trockel and Markus Lüpertz, Albion, London; “Selection”, Galerie Michael Werner, Cologne, Germany
2007   Nu de dos, Galerie de France/Galerie Michael Werner, Paris, France
2007   Zelte, Galerie Michael Werner, Köln, Germany
2007   Tents, Michael Werner Gallery, New York, NY
2007   Works of Eternity - The Painter and Sculptor Markus Lüpertz, Preview des Films von Walter Smerling, Forum der Bundeskunsthalle Bonn, Germany
2007   Die Pietrasanta Bronzen (The Pietrasanta Bronzes), Galerie Terminus, Münich, Germany
2007   Imperial Museum Beijing, China
2007   Mercurius, Julius Werner Berlin, Germany
2007   Nanjing Museum, Nanjing, China
2006   Riesenbilder, Galerie Daniel Blau, Munich, Germany
2006   Georg Baselitz, Jörg Immendorff, Markus Lüpertz, A.R. Penck, Shanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai
2006   Daphne, Stiftung Museum Schloss Moyland, Germany
2006   RO’MA: Rosemarie Trockel / Markus Lüpertz, Museum Kuppersmühle für Moderne Kunst, Duisburg, Germany
2005   New Paintings and Drawings, Michael Werner Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2005   Leinwände und Zeichnungen, Vonderbank Fine Art Gallery,am Main (solo)
2005   Galeria Colón XVI, Bilbao, Spain (solo)
2005   Die gescheiterte Hoffnung, Halle 6 - Galerie Chiristiane Hölz, Düsseldorff, Germany (solo)
2005   Markus Lüpertz. Neue Arbeiten auf Papier, Galerie Radicke, Bonn, Germany (solo)
2005   Daphne, Sinclair-Haus, Kulturforum der ALTANA AG, Bad Homburg, Germany (solo)
2005   Nationalmuseum Breslau, Breslau, Poland (solo)
2004   About the Three Graces", Michael Werner Gallery, New York and Cologne, Germany (solo)
2004   Escultures i Dibuixos, Galeria Jule Kewenig, Palma de Mallorca, Spain (solo)
2003   Skulpturen und Zeichnungen, Galerie Michael Werner, Cologne, Germany
2002   Malerei, Zeichnung, Skulptur, Museum Würth, Künzelsau, Germany
2002   La memoria y la forma, Ivam Centre Julio Gonzalez, Valencia, Spain
2001   Malerei, Zeichnung und Skulpturen, Städtische Museen Jena, Galerie im Stadtmuseum, Jena
2000   Ne meurs pas avec les problèmes de ton temps - Never die with the problems of your time - Stirb nicht mit den Problemen deiner Zeit, L'espal, centre culturel, Le Mans, France
2000   Markus Lüpertz. Bronzeskulpturen und die Serie der Kaltnadelradierungen - Die Philosophin, Sabine Knust, Maximilian Verlag, Munich, Germany
1999   Vanitas". Norm - Struktur - Ornament, Zeche Zollverein, Essen, Germany
1998   Geschaffen - Landschaft, Mensch und Ding, eine Ausstellung der Kulturstiftung Dessau Wörlitz im Schloß Mosigkau, Dessau-Mosigkau, Germany
1998   Erstmalige Vorstellung der Bilderfolge "Monte Santo" in den Präsentationsräumen der Galerie Michael Werner, Cologne, Germany
1997   Raab Galerie Berlin, Germany
1996   Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen Düsseldorf, Germany
1995   Skulpturen in Bronze, Städtische Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany
1995   Sechs Skulpturen 1993/95, Maximilian Verlag/Sabine Knust, Munich, Germany
1994   Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen, Germany
1993   Otto Arte Contemporanea, Bologna, Italy
1993   Städtische Kunstmuseum, Bonn, Germany
1993   Museum Ostdeutsche Galerie Regensburg, Ratisbon, Germany
1992   Kunstverein Linge, Lingen, Germany
1992   Galerie Springer, Berlin, Germany
1992   Kunsthaus Nuremberg, Nuremberg, Germany
1992   Kunstverein Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany
1991   Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
1991   Michael Werner Gallery, New York, NY
1991   Städtische Galerie im Prinz-Max-Palais Karlsruhe, Germany
1990   Deweer Art Gallery, Otegem, Belgium
1990   Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY
1990   Galerie Lelong, Zürich, Switzerland
1990   Venice Design Art Gallery, Venice, Italy
1990   Picaron Edition, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1990   Galerie Philippe Guimiot, Brussels, Belgium
1990   Cleto Polcina, Artemoderna, Roma, Italy
1990   Galleria Gian Ferrari, Milano, Italy
1990   Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY
1989   Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, Germany
1989   Obalne Galerije Piran, Ljubljana, Slovenia
1989   Kunstverein Arnsberg, Arnsberg, Germany
1989   Abbaye Saint-André, Centre d'Art Contemporain Meymac, France
1989   Gallery IN ARCO Turin, Italy
1989   Galerie Beaumont Luxembourg, Luxembourg
1988   Galerie Lelong, Zürich, Switzerland
1988   Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel, Germany
1988   Schleswig-Holsteinischer Kunstverein Kiel, Germany
1988   Galerie Kay Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland
1988   Rena Bransten Gallery, New York, NY
1988   Galleria Due Ci, Artemoderna Rome, Italy
1987   Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
1986   Galerie Maeght-Lelong, Paris, France
1986   Mary Boone-Michael Werner Gallery, New York, NY
1981 - 1983   Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, NY
1977   Dithyrambic and Style Painting, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland
1976   Markus Lüpertz. Bilder 1972-76, Galerie Rudolf Zwirner, Cologne, Germany
1973   Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany
1968   Markus Lüpertz, Galerie Rudolf Springer, Berlin, Germany
1968   First exhibition at Michael Werner's gallery in Berlin, followed by shows each year at Galerie Michael Werner in Cologne.
1964   Dithyrambische Malerei, Galerie Großgörschen 35, Berlin, Germany
2011    Das Recht auf Philosophie oder: über die Notwendigkeit, zu hilosophieren. König, Köln 2011
2011    Markus Lüpertz, Sagenhaft. Malerentgegnungen in Zeichnungen, Skulpturen und Grafiken. Hrsg. von Dirk Geuer. Geuer & Breckner, Düsseldorf 2011
2009    Markus Lüpertz. Hauptwege und Nebenwege; eine Retrospektive, Bilder und Skulpturen von 1963 bis 2009. Hrsg.: Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland GmbH, Bonn. Red.: Susanne Kleine. Snoeck, Köln 2009
2008    Daphne. Insel, Frankfurt, M. 2008
2007    Der grosse Fluss. G. H. Holländer, Teltow 2007
2007    Gott Merkur. G. H. Holländer, Teltow 2007
2007    Narziß und Echo. Kleinheinrich, Münster 2007
2006    Totentanz. Kühlen, Mönchengladbach 2006
2006    Markus Lüpertz. Hrsg. von Ingried Brugger u. Florian Steininger. Ed. Minerva, Wolfratshausen 2006
2006    Markus Lüpertz und das barocke Bamberg. Hrsg. vom Internationalen Künstlerhaus Villa Concordia. Text: Denise Dumschat, Bernd Goldmann u. Simon Kuchlbauer. Verl. Fränkischer Tag, Bamberg 2006
2006    Sabine Kampmann: Künstler sein. Systemtheoretische Beobachtungen von Autorschaft: Christian Boltanski, Eva & Adele, Pipilotti Rist, Markus Lüpertz. Fink, Paderborn 2006
2005    Hommage à Mozart. Brandstätter, Wien 2005
2005    Fieberblätter. Galerie Christine Hölz, Düsseldorf 2005
2005    Der Kunst die Regeln geben. Ammann, Zürich 2005
2002    Markus Lüpertz. The memory and the form. Catálogo. Ed. Aldeasa, Ana Cela. Trad. Karel Clapshaw. Aldeasa, Valencia 2002
2002    Markus Lüpertz – Malerei, Zeichnung, Skulptur. Hrsg. C. Sylvia Weber. Swiridoff, Künzelsau 2002
2001    Grosse Figuren. Skulptur – Malerei – Zeichnung; Immendorff; Lüpertz; Penck. Hrsg.: Kunsthalle Darmstadt, Texte von Peter Joch. Ed. Braus, Heidelberg 2001
2001    Siegfried Gohr: Markus Lüpertz. Dumont, Köln 2001
2000    Das Geld – die Kunst. Dt. Apotheker- und Ärztebank, Düsseldorf 2000
1998    Tagebuch – New York 1984. Gachnang & Springer, Bern u. Berlin 1984
1997    Markus Lüpertz. Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung München, 11. Juli bis 14. September 1997. Hrsg. von Siegfried Gohr. Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, München 1997, sowie Hirmer, München 1997
1996    Reden zu Lüpertz. Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, 28. April 1996
1996    Red.: Thomas Heyden, Dorothee Jansen. Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf 1996
1996    Markus Lüpertz. Gemälde – Skulpturen. Hrsg.: Armin Zweite. Cantz, Ostfildern-Ruit 1996
1995    Markus Lüpertz. Skulpturen in Bronze Katalogred. Jochen Kronjäger, Inge Herold. Ed. Braus, Heidelberg 1995
1994    Männer ohne Frauen. Kleinheinrich, Münster 1994
1991    Gedichte. Picaron-Ed., Amsterdam 1991
1991    Markus Lüpertz. Druckgraphik, Werkverzeichnis 1960–1990 Katalog James Hofmaier. Ed. Cantz, Stuttgart 1991
1990    Das nächste Beste. Picaron, Amsterdam 1990
1989    Markus Lüpertz im Gespräch mit Heinz Peter Schwerfel. Kiepenheuer u. Witsch, Köln 1989
1986    Markus Lüpertz. Zeichn. aus d. Jahren 1964–1985. Ausgew. von Siegfried Gohr, Johannes Gachnang. Gachnang und Springer, Bern / Berlin 1986
1984    Bleiben Sie sitzen Heinrich Heine. Wiener Secession, Wien 1984
1982    Ich stand vor der Mauer aus Glas. Galerie Springer, Berlin 1982
1981    Und ich, ich spiele …. Galerie Springer, Berlin 1981
1969    Westwall. Hake, Köln 1969