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Gerhard Hoehme

Painter, commercial artist, draughtsman, object artist and college professor

Born
1920 in Greppin
Died
1989 in Neuss

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  • Kunst nach 1945: Gerhard Hoehme
    In dieser Folge unserer Filmreihe „Kunst nach 1945" stellt Dr. Martin Engler, Sammlungsleiter Gegenwartskunst im Städel Museum, mit Gerhard Hoehme (1920-1989) einen außergewöhnlichen deutschen Künstler und wichtigen Vertreter des deutschen Informel vor. Die Arbeit „Zimbal" aus dem Jahr 1966 gehört zu einer Gruppe von dreidimensionalen Bildern, die ab 1964 entstanden. Hoehme gestaltete seine Malerei nicht mehr als plane Fläche, sondern das Bild besteht aus einem weiß grundierten, 12 cm tiefen Holzkasten, in dem farbige, gegeneinander verspannte und an Nägeln befestigte Nylonschnüre angebracht sind. Das Verschmelzen von Malerei und Objekt, von Raum und Bild ist Ausdruck eines neu entwickelten Werkbegriffs und vermittelt zwischen der Malerei des Informel und der Objektkunst der 1960er. http://www.staedelmuseum.de/de#youtube

Biography

Gerhard Hoehme was born in 1920 in Greppin, near Bitterfeld, Germany. He served as a fighter pilot in the Second World War. In 1948 Hoehme began studying graphics at the Kunsthochschule Burg Giebichstein, an art academy in a castle in Halle an der Saale. In 1951 he moved to Düsseldorf, where he studied from 1952 onwards at the art academy under the graphic artist Otto Coester. The German art historian Jean-Pierre Wilhelm urged Hoehme to go to Paris, where he acquired a circle of friends that included such artists as Jean Fautrier and Jean Dubuffet and the poet Paul Celan. In the 1950s Hoehme was a leading representative of Art Informel, and he headed the Düsseldorf artists’ union Gruppe 53. In 1954 he was awarded a career grant from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. His first major solo exhibition was held at the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Museum in Krefeld in 1956. With his support Jean-Pierre Wilhelm ran the Galerie 22 until 1960. In 1959 Hoehme participated in documenta 2 and received a stipend at the Villa Massimo in Rome, where he became acquainted with the artists Alberto Burri, Cy Twombly and Robert Motherwell. From 1960 to 1984 he taught at Düsseldorf’s art academy. As a professor of painting he taught Sigmar Polke and Chris Reincke, among others. Hoehme died in Neuss in 1989.

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