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Klaus Fußmann *1938, Time Warp, 1983, Oil on canvas, 200 x 171 cm Privatsammlung, Copyright: Klaus Fußmann, Copyright Scan: Recom Art, Berlin
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Klaus Fußmann: People and Landscapes

February 23 to June 3, 2018

Klaus Fußmann has been exploring people in spaces since the 1970s. Early on, he began replacing depictions in interiors with figures in landscapes. These frequently large, nearly square works show people confronting their viewers head-on. They are often friends or relatives of the painter, but they may also be figures from fairy-tales or mythology. In the 1980s, the painter began portraying himself in the landscapes. He appears outdoors on large mirrors. In the past fifteen years, he has been applying his paint more thickly, turning the image space into a tactile experience.

This presentation will be shown in celebration of Klaus Fußmann’s eightieth birthday and will run parallel to the exhibition Max Bec

Klaus Fußmann: Beveroe (Dance), 1982, private collection, Photo: Achim Kukulies, Düsseldorf

Klaus Fußmann: Beveroe (Dance), 1982, private collection, Photo: Achim Kukulies, Düsseldorf

Klaus Fußmann has been exploring people in spaces since the 1970s. Early on, he began replacing depictions in interiors with figures in landscapes. These frequently large, nearly square works show people confronting their viewers head-on. They are often friends or relatives of the painter, but they may also be figures from fairy-tales or mythology. In the 1980s, the painter began portraying himself in the landscapes. He appears outdoors on large mirrors. In the past fifteen years, he has been applying his paint more thickly, turning the image space into a tactile experience.

This presentation will be shown in celebration of Klaus Fußmann’s eightieth birthday and will run parallel to the exhibition Max Bec

Klaus Fußmann: Beveroe (Dance), 1982, private collection, Photo: Achim Kukulies, Düsseldorf

Klaus Fußmann: Beveroe (Dance), 1982, private collection, Photo: Achim Kukulies, Düsseldorf

Klaus Fußmann. Biography

Klaus Fußmann studied at the Folkwang-Schule in Essen and the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Berlin. At the latter of these, he was appointed professor in 1972 and taught until 2005. Awards such as the Villa Romana Prize (Florence) in 1972 and exhibitions at museums such as at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin in 1972 and at the Kunsthalle Bremen in 1992 honoured his artistic career. In the mirror room of the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg, Fußmann created his largest work to date, the monumental fresco Cloud-Drift (2005).

From the mid-1970s onwards, his regular travel activities led him to Norway, Iceland and the West of the USA. Since 1978 he has found in the area around his studio in Gelting, on the edge of the Flensburg Fjord, the landscape that is key to his art, which is characterised by spontaneity and a pastose application of paint.

Klaus Fußmann. Biography
* 1938 in Velbert (Rheinland)
Klaus Fußmann bei der Pressekonferenz zur Ausstellung "Klaus Fußmann. Menschen und Landschaften", Photo: Helge Mundt, © Museum Barberini

Klaus Fußmann bei der Pressekonferenz zur Ausstellung "Klaus Fußmann. Menschen und Landschaften", Photo: Helge Mundt, © Museum Barberini

Klaus Fußmann studied at the Folkwang-Schule in Essen and the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Berlin. At the latter of these, he was appointed professor in 1972 and taught until 2005. Awards such as the Villa Romana Prize (Florence) in 1972 and exhibitions at museums such as at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin in 1972 and at the Kunsthalle Bremen in 1992 honoured his artistic career. In the mirror room of the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg, Fußmann created his largest work to date, the monumental fresco Cloud-Drift (2005).

From the mid-1970s onwards, his regular travel activities led him to Norway, Iceland and the West of the USA. Since 1978 he has found in the area around his studio in Gelting, on the edge of the Flensburg Fjord, the landscape that is key to his art, which is characterised by spontaneity and a pastose application of paint.

* 1938 in Velbert (Rheinland)
About the artist

Künstlerbuch

Klaus Fußmann: People and Landscapes

Zur Ausstellung erscheint ein Künstlerbuch in der Edition Peerlings mit Beiträgen von Dr. Jürgen Fitschen und Heinz Spielmann sowie 42 Bildtexten von Klaus Fußmann (Ausgabe im Museumsshop € 20,00).
Zur Ausstellung erscheint ein Künstlerbuch in der Edition Peerlings mit Beiträgen von Dr. Jürgen Fitschen und Heinz Spielmann sowie 42 Bildtexten von Klaus Fußmann (Ausgabe im Museumsshop € 20,00).

Berliner Zeitung: Fußmanns Bildern wie den oft dazu gelieferten klugen, philosophischen Gedanken fehlt gänzlich die gewisse postmoderne Arroganz, mit der die Malerei des 20. Jahrhunderts pauschal abqualifiziert, gar für „tot“ erklärt wurde. Er steht zum „Geschauten“, zur Figürlichkeit, aber jede Art von Kunst ist für ihn auch eine gewisse Form der Abstraktion.

Lübecker Nachrichten: Klaus Fußmann, der in Berlin und Gelting lebt und Kunst-Interessierten wie Sammlern durch seine luftigen Ostsee- Motive und farbenfreudigen Stillleben ein Begriff, ist im Barberini angekommen.

Märkische Allgemeine Zeitung: Das Museum am Alten Markt widmet dem renommierten Maler zum 80. Geburtstag eine eindrucksvolle Ausstellung, die sich Menschen in Landschaften annimmt.

NDR: Mal schroff und abstrakt, mal weich und verspielt, immer voller brillanter Farbe - kein anderer Maler hat das Bild der Küsten- und Hügellandschaften Schleswig-Holsteins so sehr geprägt wie Klaus Fußmann.

Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten: Das Museum Barberini lässt das „Nordlicht“ Fußmann strahlen.

Rheinische Post: "Menschen und Landschaften" gratuliert dem Maler Klaus Fußmann zum 80. Geburtstag und gibt mit 39 Gemälden einen schönen Einblick in sein zwar umfangreiches, aber eher selten gezeigtes Schaffen.