Ein bißchen Hoffnung, Konrad Klapheck
Konrad Klapheck
Ein bißchen Hoffnung
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Konrad Klapheck

Ein bißchen Hoffnung, 1978


Dimensions
33.5 x 40.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
DB006
Acquisition
Deutsche Bank Collection at the Städel Museum
Status
On display

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About the Work

Konrad Klapheck's 'A Little Hope' is a typewriter key. The Düsseldorf artist embedded this precisely but by no means photorealistically painted object in an abstract composition which is beyond both space and time. What is missing, though, is sign or a letter - in other words, the very thing required to make the object a typewriter key. Klapheck began developing his own distinct style of 'superobjectivity' from 1955 on - in an atmosphere in which progress was equated with abstraction. For Klapheck, the machines are symbol-laden reflections of man, ultimately himself. He explicitly compares his typewriter pictures with soldiers.

Video

  • Kunst nach 1945: Konrad Klapheck
    Als der 1935 geborene Konrad Klapheck mit nur zwanzig Jahren in der Düsseldorfer Kunstakademie sein erstes „Portrait“ einer Kontinental-Schreibmaschine anfertigte, legte er den Grundstein für ein außergewöhnlich konsequentes Œuvre. Im Film geht er auf zwei seiner Werke der Sammlung Gegenwartskunst im Städel Museum ein: "Der Gesetzgeber" (1969) und "Ein bißchen Hoffnung" (1978). http://www.staedelmuseum.de/de/neuerwerbungen/#youtube

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Basic Information

Title
Ein bißchen Hoffnung (Original Title)
Title Translation
A Little Hope
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

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Administration
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Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
Acquisition
Deutsche Bank Collection at the Städel Museum

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Iconclass

Primary
  • 0 Abstract, Non-representational Art
  • 22C4 colours, pigments, and paints
  • 49D32 line (~ planimetry, geometry)
  • 49D36 circle (~ planimetry, geometry)
  • 49D342(RECTANGLE) regular quadrilateral (RECTANGLE)
  • 22C8 shadow
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20.08.2019