Markus Lupertz /   Markus Lüpertz

Germany 1941

Sculpture, Neo-expressionism

Markus Lupertz
Markus Lüpertz
December 20, 2014

Markus Lüpertz is a German artist, born in 1941 in Liberec, Bohemia (now the Czech Republic). He is a painter, sculptor, and writer known just as much for his sense of humor as for his art work. His work is an eclectic mix of abstraction, and his sculptures are primarily heads and faces with a few full body miniatures.

Markus migrated to Rheydt, Germany, with his family in 1948, when he was seven years old. From 1956 to 1963 he studied in the class of Laurens Goosens at the Werkkunstschule Krefeld, and worked as a coal miner for a year before enrolling the Academy of Arts in Düsseldorf. He then spent a year working in road construction before traveling to Paris. Lüpertz moved back to Berlin in 1962 and created his Dithyrambic series of paintings. He opened the Galerie Grossgörschen 35 with Bernd Koberling and Karl Horst Hödicke in Berlin in 1964 with his exhibition Dithyrambic Malerei. Two years later, he published Art That Gets in the Way, Dithyrambic Manifesto. In the years between 1969 and 1977 he created the German motives. Picture compositions in the form of still lives that present symbolic objects of the past such as steel helmets, shovels or flags in monstrous dimensions. In 1970 Lüpertz received the prize of the Villa Romana and spent a year in Florence. In 1976 he accepted a chair at the academy in Karlsruhe. In the same year the Kunsthalle in Hamburg presented a first survey of his oeuvre, followed by the Kunsthalle in Bern and the Stedelijk Van Abbe museum in Eindhoven. At that time Lüpertz gave up the increasing abstraction in his pictures in favor of a new representational and three-dimensional style, in which he applied art-historical quotations and style elements. Lüpertz uses all printing techniques, works as a poet and, since 1980, as a sculptor and stage designer. In 1982 he took part at the Documenta VII in Kassel. In 1986 he was offered a chair at the Academy of Arts in Düsseldorf, which he heads as principal since 1988. Lüpertz received the Lovis-Corinth prize of the artist guild Esslingen in 1990.

Important individual exhibitions were dedicated to his oeuvre. A work show arranged according to subject was organized at the Art Collection North-Rhine-Westphalia in Düsseldorf in 1996 and a retrospective exhibition at the Kunsthalle of the Hypo-Culture Foundation in Munich in 1997, which was later presented in Wuppertal and Barmen. In 1997 and 1998 his works were represented at the exhibition Deutschlandbilder: Kunst aus einem geteilten Land in the Martin-Gropius building in Berlin.

While known primarily for his visual art, Lupertz also 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 has won many awards and accolades including the Lovis Corinth Prize of the Artists Guild.

Lüpertz currently lives and works in Düsseldorf and Karlsruhe, Germany.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2015Markus Lupertz - New PicturesVW (VeneKlasen Werner) , BerlinSolo
2015By Ackermann to ZabotinZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe , KarlsruheGroup
2014Markus Lupertz - PromenadeSuzanne Tarasiève Gallery , ParisSolo
2014Markus Liipertz - Mycenaean smile - Graphics - Sculpture - DrawingsGallery at Saumarkt | BEGE galleries , UlmSolo
2014Markus Lupertz - Mycenaean smileNew Pfaffenhofener Kunstverein , OberpfaffenhofenSolo
2014Markus Liipertz - ArcadiaGallery Noah , AugsburgSolo
2014Markus Liipertz New Paintings - ArcadesMichael Werner art trade , CologneSolo
2014Markus Liipertz & AR Penck - Paintings and sculptures of 80Galerie Lelong - Paris , ParisSolo
2014Markus Liipertz: Symbols and MetamorphosesThe State Hermitage Museum , St. PetersburgSolo
2014Markus Liipertz: Gods and saintsGallery Rolf Ohse , BremenSolo
2014Markus Liipertz - Players BallMichael Werner Gallery - London , LondonSolo
2014Markus Liipertz - Recent WorksGalleria Cardi - Milano , MilanSolo
2014Winter danceGalerie Schmidt , AlpbachGroup
2014World TravelKrasnoyarsk Museum Center , KrasnoyarskGroup
2014Artist of the Düsseldorf AcademyGalerie Esther Kling Hammer , CologneGroup
2014The rabbit over houseEvelyn Drewes | Gallery , HamburgGroup
2014Wild Heart: Art Exhibition of German Neo-Expressionism Since the 1960sChina Art Museum , ShanghaiGroup
2014Bad Thoughts - Collection Martijn Sanders and JeannetteStedelijk Museum Amsterdam , AmsterdamGroup
201440I10 - 40 Years Collection - 10 Years Museum Frieder BurdaStaatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden , Baden-BadenGroup
2014Beautiful Colorful picture IV works in the 1980s from the collectionMuseum of Contemporary Art , FreiburgGroup
2014Sèvres OutdoorsSèvres - Cité de la céramique , SevresGroup
2014Night ImagesMichael Werner art trade , CologneGroup
2014OlioSix Galleria , MilanGroup
2014The Paths of German Art from 1949 to the presentMoscow museum of modern art - MMOMA, MoscowGroup
2014Traces of antiquityHachmeister gallery , MünsterGroup
2014Reconnaissance - Landscape, Myth And figureGalerie Sabine Knust , MunichGroup
2014Paper I CartróGalería Kewenig , Palma de MallorcaGroup
2014A selection of works by contemporary artistsGallery Leu , MunichGroup
2013Hermitage St. PetersburgGallery Breckner , DusseldorfSolo
2013Markus Liipertz - restlessness at the OlympGunter Grass House , LübeckSolo
2013Markus Lüpertz: Bozzetti for HerculesMichael Werner Gallery - New York, New York City, NYSolo
2013Heavy Metal - KitzbühelGallery Clemens Gunzer , ZurichGroup
2013Peanuts of Joyart space Dreieich , Dreieich-DreieichenhainGroup
2013ArtGallery Rother & Winter , WiesbadenGroup
2013Take A Walk On The Wild SideEgbert Baqué Contemporary Art , BerlinGroup
2013Whatever. The Collection. 1968-2000New National Gallery , BerlinGroup
2013The parableGALLERY ROTHAMEL , ErfurtGroup
2013The ultimate imageRaab Galerie , BerlinGroup
2013I desireEssl Museum - Contemporary Art , KlosterneuburgGroup
2013Image disturbancesGallery Supper , Baden-BadenGroup
2013Favourites - yesterday, today, tomorrow - Sculpture, Graphics, paintingFischerplatz Gallery, BEGE galleries , UlmGroup
2013Adventures of truth - Painting and philosophyFondation Maeght , Saint-PaulGroup
2013Infinity - Neoexpressionism Contemporary Art Zhan Zhou Centre of Contemporary Art , BeijingGroup
2013Momat CollectionNational Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (Momat) , TokyoGroup
2013If wishes come trueKunsthalle Emden , EmdenGroup
2013Readout - Collection Foundation for fruit painting and sculptureMannheimer Kunstverein , MannheimGroup
2013Wagner mythKlinger Forum eV , LeipzigGroup
2013The sky in the garden - nature - landscapesWorks from the Sammlung Essl - Essl Museum - Contemporary Art , KlosterneuburgGroup
2013Director's Choice 7-9-13ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum , AarhusGroup
2013The sculptors. Dusseldorf Art Academy, 1945 to the presentK20 Grabbeplatz , DusseldorfGroup
2013Painters and sculptorsGallery winter , WiesbadenGroup
2013New gallery - new Saw: Collection + documenta acquisitionsNeue Galerie , KasselGroup
2012Markus Luepertz - Painting and GraphicsGallery Roy , ZulpichSolo
2012Markus Liipertz. LandscapesMichael Werner art trade , CologneSolo
2012Markus Liipertz - FabulousHorst Janssen Museum , OldenburgSolo
2012Poetic RenaissanceGallery Clairefontaine , LuxembourgGroup
2012Bode Xmas GalleryGalerie & Edition Bode GmbH , NurembergGroup
2012People picturesMuseum Frieder Burda , Baden-BadenGroup
2012Printmaking International MasterGallery Eugen Lendl , GrazGroup
2012Art & Entreprise # 1Collection GeoTec - Gallery Barnoud , DijonGroup
2012Encounter in the hinterlandContemporary Prints And Editions - Kolvenburg , BillerbeckGroup
2012Autumn - Winter 2012 - Art From The 20th Century - works on paper, paintings, sculpturesGallery Neher GmbH & Co. KG , EssenGroup
2012First choice. MasterpiecesGalerie Terminus , MunichGroup
2012The collection. German art from Kiefer to HenningMuseum Boijmans van Beuningen , RotterdamGroup
2012ICONS Gallery Clairefontaine , LuxembourgGroup
2012NasterfullyGallery Clairefontaine , LuxembourgGroup
2012KamaramaGalerie De Zwarte Panter , AntwerpGroup
20123 Expressionists meet at the Art House BeautifulArt House Beautiful , AndernachGroup
2012Collecting for the Future - Art 1952-2012Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe , KarlsruheGroup
2011Markus Liipertz - glass wall - works on paper and plastic worksKunstverein Ulm , UlmSolo
2011Markus Liipertz - graphics and sculpturesKunsthalle Dominican church , OsnabruckSolo
2011Classique hors norme (A Classic and Maverick)Suzanne Tarasiève Gallery , ParisSolo
2011FabulousCity Gallery of Klagenfurt , KlagenfurtSolo
2011Nature - Contemporary Art from the Collection of Altana Cultural FoundationKarl-Ernst-Osthaus Museum , HagenGroup
2011Cartons - Works on CardboardGalerie Lelong - Zurich , ZurichGroup
2011No more trouble-free!Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst , AachenGroup
2011Thinking on your feetKunstmuseum Solingen , SolingenGroup
2011Perfect Man IIWhite Columns , New York City, NYGroup
2011FLOWERS FOR SUMMERMichael Werner Gallery - New York , New York City, NYGroup
2011Swan Stage - German Artists Exhibition PaperworkWith Space Gallery Beijing , BeijingGroup
2011The Last Grand TourMuseum of Cycladic Art , AthensGroup
2011The color blueMichael Werner art trade , CologneGroup
2010Markus Lüpertz: Hercules - preliminary designs for a monument in the RuhrLehmbruckMuseum , DuisburSolo
2010Markus Luepertz - heartacheGallery Roy , ZulpichSolo
2010Markus Liipertz - Myth and MetamorphosisKOG - Art Forum East German Gallery , RegensburgSolo
2010Markus Liipertz - Graphics · Sculptures · DrawingsFischerplatz Gallery | BEGE galleries , UlmSolo
2010Markus Liipertz. Metamorphoses of World HistoryAlbertina , ViennaSolo
2009Markus Liipertz - A Retrospective. Paintings and Sculptures 1963-2009Art and Exhibition Hall , BonnSolo
2008Markus Lupertz: Selected PaintingsHillsboro Fine Art , DublinSolo
2008Marcus Liipertz: Tent paintings 1965Patrick Painter Inc. , Santa Monica, CASolo
2007Markus Liipertz: Tents - Early DithyrambsMichael Werner Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2007Markus Liipertz - The Pietrasanta bronzesGalerie Terminus , MunichSolo
2006Markus Liipertz - International ArtistsHouse Villa Concordia , BambergSolo
2006Markus Liipertz - nudesMichael Werner art trade , CologneSolo
2006Markus Liipertz - Giant pictures of the 60sGalerie Daniel Blau , MunichSolo
2005Markus Liipertz - The pictures of the collection StoberMichael Werner art trade , CologneSolo
2004Markus Liipertz - 19 originals in 19 German citiesDifferent galleries in stilwerk , DusseldorfSolo
2004Markus Liipertz - the three Graces - Working in bronze and on paperMichael Werner art trade , CologneSolo
2004Markus Liipertz - PinturaGaleria António Prates , LisbonSolo
2004Markus Liipertz - About the Three GracesMichael Werner Gallery - New York , New York City, NYSolo