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Günter Fruhtrunk – The Paris Years (1954-1967)

21.11.2023 - 07.04.2024Lenbachhaus in Munich
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Günter Fruhtrunk, Reversing Series, Étude No 4, 1962/1963
Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus and Kunstbau Munich
Photo / Photo: Lenbachhaus © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2022
Günter Fruhtrunk, Reversing Series, Étude No 4, 1962/1963
Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus and Kunstbau Munich
Photo / Photo: Lenbachhaus © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2022

Artistic beginnings in Paris

The decision to move to Paris was a decisive turning point in Günter Fruhtrunk’s artistic career. In the vibrant art metropolis, he found the freedom to develop his unmistakable style. The exhibition at the Lenbachhaus illustrates this process with a selection of works that show his love of experimentation and his quest for a new form of artistic expression. Visitors will experience how Fruhtrunk’s art changed under the influence of his encounters and experiences in the Paris art scene. Here he not only found new forms of expression, but also a community that inspired and challenged him.

Günter Fruhtrunk, Energy Centre, 1960-1964
Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus and Kunstbau Munich.
Photo / Photo: Lenbachhaus © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2022
Günter Fruhtrunk, Energy Centre, 1960-1964
Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus and Kunstbau Munich.
Photo / Photo: Lenbachhaus © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2022

Experiments and style development

Fruhtrunk broadened his artistic horizons in Paris. The exhibition shows his intensive experiments with colour, form and texture, which led to his characteristic style. It was a period of intense artistic growth in which Fruhtrunk found his place in abstract painting. His works from this period show an impressive development from conventional approaches to a bold, innovative aesthetic that would decisively characterise his later work. He immersed himself deeply in the world of geometric abstraction and became part of a movement that had a lasting influence on the art world.

Günter Fruhtrunk, Circles by Delaunay / Series and Circles, 1958/1959
Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus and Kunstbau Munich
Photo / Photo: Lenbachhaus © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2022
Günter Fruhtrunk, Circles by Delaunay / Series and Circles, 1958/1959
Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus and Kunstbau Munich
Photo / Photo: Lenbachhaus © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2022

Influences and relationships

The exhibition also emphasises the importance of the relationships that Fruhtrunk forged in Paris. He was part of a dynamic community of artists whose exchange and collaboration influenced his artistic path. Interactive exhibition elements and personal letters make the depth of these relationships and their influence on Fruhtrunk’s art tangible. This phase illustrates how important collegial networks and cultural influences are for the development of an artist. Fruhtrunk not only found inspiration in Paris, but also lifelong friendships and artistic partnerships.

Günter Fruhtrunk, Untitled (Monument for Malevich), 1954
Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus and Kunstbau Munich
Photo / Photo: Lenbachhaus © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2022
Günter Fruhtrunk, Untitled (Monument for Malevich), 1954
Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus and Kunstbau Munich
Photo / Photo: Lenbachhaus © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2022

Return and cultural heritage

The last part of the exhibition is dedicated to the lasting influence of Fruhtrunk’s Paris years on his later work and his role in the German art scene. It becomes clear how his Parisian experiences shaped his artistic vision and style and made him a formative figure of modernism. Visitors will gain an insight into the lasting legacy of his Paris years, which still resonates in the art world today. His return to Germany marked the beginning of a new phase in which he incorporated the insights he had gained in Paris into his work and thus had a lasting influence on modern art.

Further information

Book cover "Günter Fruhtrunk - Die Pariser Jahre"
Photo: Edition Lenbachhaus 09
Book cover “Günter Fruhtrunk – Die Pariser Jahre”
Photo: Edition Lenbachhaus 09

The exhibition Günter Fruhtrunk, the Paris Years (1954-1967)” (Advertisment) on the website of the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus and Kunstbau München.

Exhibition bookk

TitelGünter Fruhtrunk: Die Pariser Jahre (1954-1967)
HerausgeberSusanne Böller, Matthias Mühling
VerlagEdition Lenbachhaus 09
Einbandk.A.
Seiten263 p., 191 ill. paintings, documents, photos
SpracheGerman
Abmessungen16 x 22 cm
ISBNk.A.
Preis20 €

Further information on the book “Günter Fruhtrunk: The Paris Years (1954-1967)” (Advertisment) on the website of the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau München.

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