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Klaus Fußmann. From the beginnings.

25.03. - 28.10.2018

He is one of Germany’s most renowned painters and closely associated with Schloss Gottorf – Klaus Fußmann. On the occasion of his 80th birthday, the Museum of Art and Cultural History Schloss Gottorf will hold a comprehensive individual exhibition in the riding hall. 

The artist’s works are centred around Schleswig-Holstein’s landscape - primarily the Baltic Sea and the landlocked country around his place of residence, Gelting. Klaus Fußmann achieves incredible intensity in the colourfulness of his motifs.

His works are exhibited internationally and are therefore known far beyond the borders. Above all, his flower and landscape pictures mark public awareness of him. Confrontation with Klaus Fußmann is all the more exciting against the backdrop of the current special exhibition with the title “From the beginnings” with more than 150 paintings, gouaches and aquarelles.

It mostly shows works from six decades which have not yet been shown, focussing on the newer works. The in-part large format paintings depict landscapes and gardens as well as idiosyncratically symbolic invented figures in a strong impasto style.

He was already awarded a professorship at the University of Arts in Berlin in 1974.

Klaus Fußmann was born on March 24, 1938 in Velbert/Rhineland. He is viewed as a painter of the large natural effects and was also fascinated by the Schleswig-Holstein skies and the colours of the Baltic Sea coast after his studies (also at the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin) like some of the “Brücke” artists who were his idol. For several decades, Fußmann has spent part of the year close to the Flensburg Fjord and a long way away from the large metropolis of Berlin.

He was already awarded a professorship at the University of Arts in Berlin in 1974. He has been a member of the Free Academy of Hamburg since 1989. Fußmann pictures can be seen in several museums and have found their way into private collections. However, he repeatedly receives commissions to paint for the public area. In 2004, two large format paintings were unveiled in the Ullstein Hall in the new Axel-Springer Publishing House in Berlin. In 2005, he designed a ceiling fresco in the hall of mirrors at the Museum of Art and Trade in Hamburg.

The Museum of Art and Cultural History Schloss Gottorf collections and the Horn Foundation include numerous paintings by the artist. Fußmann successively donated the museum his entire graphic works, comprising more than 700 sheets. Klaus Fußmann became the first Gottorf tree painter in 2001.   

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