Magic Realism

Konrad Klapheck /   Konrad Peter Cornelius Klapheck

Germany 1935

Pop Surrealism, Magic Realism

Konrad Klapheck
Konrad Peter Cornelius Klapheck
March 21, 2017
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In Konrad Klapheck’s work comically absurd, sexually indicative and magnified cartoonlike everyday objects had found its depiction in a very strict, strong, vivid and stark style. This German graphic artist and painter have become famous for his Typewriters – repetitive series of monumental and ironized typing machines that he created in 1955; in a manner to which he is still persistently loyal, and although connected with pop art has actually been invented earlier when he was a 20 year old student.

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Konrad Klapheck – In The Age Of Violence Ii, 1995 – Image via curiator

The Progress of Klapheck’s Career

Klapheck was born in Düsseldorf in 1935 as a child of two art history teachers at the Düsseldorf Art Academy, where he graduated under Bruno Goller in 1956. He started exhibiting in the late 50’s and spent time in Paris where he had contact with the circle of surrealist, even participated in their last show in the gallery L’Oeil in 1965. In the 70’s he was working on engraved plates and in the late 90’s he turned to painting portraits and figures, mostly of his friends, colleagues or celebrities. Later, he even started painting interior nudes that were based on old work with erotic and autobiographic elements. After 2004 he begins new series of paintings portraying jazz musicians and big bands, in which he wanted to highlight the solitude of the soloist in front of the crowd and the band. In 2009 he was invited to create the official poster for Roland Garros tournament.

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Konrad Klapheck – The Swagger, 1965 – Image via wikiart (Left) – The Logic of Women, 1965 – Image via pinterest (Right)

Combination of Influences

Regarding Klapheck‘s art, it combines elements of realism, Surrealism, and Pop art. Realism can be traced in the choice of painting drills, sewing machines, clocks, water taps and showers, telephones, irons, shoes, keys, saws, and car tires – painted with obsessive precision. But despite that, objects in ominous forms are sinisterly isolated, magnified, ironically both anthropomorphized and architectural. The influence of other artists, for example Duchamp, Man Ray, and Max Ernst, is seen in his treatment of mechanical objects and the irony with which they are rendered. In his own words: My main weapons are humor and precision. Only the coldness of precision allows the translation of the fire in the soul, and only humor allows the translation of what we have seen. I must put no limits to my subjectivity in order to obtain objective canvases. All the enigmas and solutions of life are inside oneself.

Sinisterly isolated and ironically magnified objects, both anthropomorphized and architectural

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Konrad Klapheck – The War, 1965 – Image via wikiart

Two Most Important Retrospectives

During his long career, Klapheck exhibited worldwide one of the most prominent retrospective shows being at the Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam in 1974 and the latest Klapheck Paintings and Drawings at the Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf in 2013. He was a professor at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf since 1979 until his retirement in 2002.

Konrad Klapheck lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Featured image: Konrad Klapheck portrait photo
All images used for illustrative purposes only

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2017Derrière le rideauGalerie Lelong, ParisSolon
2016UntitledFair Art BaselGroup
2016Untitled Fair Art Cologne Group
2016UntitledLevy at ARCO MadridGroup
2015UntitledGalerie Lelong at Art Basel in Miami BeachGroup
2015UntitledGalerie Lelong at Art BaselGroup
2014Architect - Busdriver - Two bridges - 20 years Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst in DresdenKunsthalle in the Lipsius building, DresdenGroup
2014We - Acting in ConcertnForum Klinger, LeipzigGroup
2014Friendly TakeoverMARTa, HerfordGroup
2013Konrad Klapheck - The Squared CircleCorbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago, ILSolo
2013Konrad Klapheck - Paintings and DrawingsMuseum Kunst Palast, DusseldorfSolo
2013Klapheck - paintings and drawingsMuseum Kunst Palast, DusseldorfSolo
2013Whatever. The Collection. 1968-2000New National Gallery, BerlinGroup
2013Dream-images. The Wormland giftingPinakothek der Moderne, MunichGroup
2013From Fantasy To Sobriety. Figurative Art From The Kemp CollectionMuseum Kunst Palast, DusseldorfGroup
2013The Desire for FreedomArte in Europe dal 1945 - Palazzo Reale, MilanGroup
2013The Big Art Exhibition Nrw Dusseldorf 2013Museum Kunst Palast, DusseldorfGroup
2012XXX. Euro Europe exhibition - Seduction freedom. Art In Europe Since 1945German Historical Museum - Historical Museum, BerlinGroup
2012Image memory IIAcademia Gallery - The New Collection, DusseldorfGroup
2012Ghosts in the MachineNew Museum, New York City, NYGroup
2012Works peeked At And Picked Out By Jean-Jacques LebelMehdi Chouakri, BerlinGroup
2012To the Museum of Modern DreamsStaatsgalerie Stuttgart, StuttgartGroup
2012I want to grasp things with the mind the way the penis is grasped by the vagina14 Davel, CullyGroup
2011Delicious blendGalerie Wolfgang Gmyrek, DusseldorfGroup
2011Artists Of The GalleryGalerie Springer Berlin, BerlinGroup
2011Image trustArt Museum Bochum, BochumGroup
2011Hyper Real - Art and America around 1970Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, AachenGroup
2011Great art exhibition NRWMuseum Kunst Palast, DusseldorfGroup
2010Konrad Klapheck - Swing, Brother, Swing!Galerie Lelong - Paris, ParisSolo
201030 years Galerie Wolfgang GmyrekGalerie Wolfgang Gmyrek, DusseldorfGroup
2010Hyper RealMuseum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation - MUMOK, ViennaGroup
2010Highs and lows - The Art of GraphicKunstverein Oerlinghausen, OerlinghausenGroup
2009Konrad Klapheck - Swing, Brother, Swing!Galerie Lelong - Zurich, ZurichSolo
2007Konrad Klapheck - Prints and PaintingsKunstverein Ulm, UlmSolo
2007Konrad Klapheck: PaintingsZwirner & Wirth, New York City, NYSolo
2006Konrad Klapheckvon Bartha Collection, BaselSolo
2006Konrad KlapheckGalerie Lelong - Zurich, ZurichSolo
2005Konrad KlapheckGalerie Lelong - Paris, ParisSolo
2005KONRAD KlapheckMusée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain (MAMCS), StrasbourgSolo
2004Konrad Klapheck - TableauxMamco - musée d'art moderne et contemporain, GenevaSolo
2003Konrad Klapheck - machinery and peopleLVR-Landesmuseum Bonn, BonnSolo
1975Konrad KlapheckKunsthalle Dusseldorf , DusseldorfSolo
1974Konrad KlapheckBOZAR - Palais des Beaux-Arts / Paleis voor Schone Kunsten, BrusselsSolo
1974Konrad Klapheck  Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, RotterdamSolo
1959Konrad KlapheckSchmela Gallery, Dusseldorf (closed, 2008)Solo