Gerhard Hoehme would have been 100 years old this year. On this occasion Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art is showing da war jemand, the second major exhibition in the gallery of works by the artist, who died in 1989. We are very pleased that we were able to win the distinguished Hoehme connoisseur Kay Heymer as curator for this exhibition. He heads the collection of modern art at the Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, and is responsible for the catalogue raisonné of the artist's paintings and objects on behalf of the Gerhard and Margarete Hoehme Foundation.
Hoehme began his artistic work in the 1950s within the German Informel movement, of which he is generally considered one of the protagonists. But soon he began to open his work to new influences and questions. With the oldest work dating from 1963, Kay Heymer consciously fades out the Informel-phase and begins in a year in which Hoehme has already fully developed his very own pictorial language. The selection of works also shows the great diversity of the artist's formal possibilities, ranging from Hoehme's use of language to concrete intervention in space, as well as his access to special materials such as damask, PE-cords and many others.
With the exhibition da war jemand Beck & Eggeling honours an artistic work that belongs to the most remarkable and independent positions of German post-war art and can still be discovered today or can be rediscovered again and again and is an inspiration and model for many younger artists.
A video of the exhibition with Kay Heymer, Ute Eggeling, Michael Beck and guests will be published on our website.
Press release courtesy Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art.
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