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Max Neumann

Biography

Born 1949 in Saarbrücken
1970-73 Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe 
1974-76 Studied at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin (master student with Martin Engelmann)
1978/79 DAAD scholarship in Paris
1980 First solo exhibition at the Galerie Georg Nothelfer
1983 Laureate of the BDI
1986 Villa Romana Prize, Florence
1987-88 Visiting professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe 
2004 Grand Prix de S.A.S. le Prince Rainer III de Monaco
Lives and works in Berlin

The painter and graphic artist Max Neumann is an important representative of figurative contemporary art. At first glance, his paintings and drawings seem to tell stories whose key has been lost. There are no allegories in his work, no parables that "explain" anything. Rather, the figures he creates are pictorial metaphors, set as if they were not recognisable figures at all. They distance themselves from tangible reality, animals that have sprung from the artist's imagination and people whose anatomy undergoes changes that do not even exist. The creatures irritate the eye with their deviations from every norm and thus set in motion a dialectical process of recognition and its destruction. Neumann refuses any decoration, demands from those who deal with his pictures the willingness to be disturbed, to be excited, to be seduced into amazement. Neumann's works are represented in international museums, such as the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, the Museum Folkwang in Essen, the Hamburger Kunsthalle, the Museum of Caen in France or the Museum of Modern Art in Toyama, Japan. 

Exhibitions

Editions

  • Heraklit, 1991, Etching, carborundum on Japan paper mounted on Vélin d'Arches, signed by the artist, 140 x 93 cm, Copies: 30

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  • Sud, 1990, Colour Etching, signed by the artist, 111 x 144 cm, Copies: 45

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  • O.T./Untitled, 1990, Serigraph, signed and dated by the artist, 90 x 70 cm, Copies: 50

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Publications

  • Arbeiten 1982-1998, 1998, Edited by Schleswig-Holsteinisches Landesmuseum, with a poem by Cees Nooteboom, 48 pages, EUR 18

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  • Ausstellungskatalog, 1997, Edited by Galerie Stefan Röpke, Cologne/Madrid and Galería Vértice, Oviedo. Text by Heinz Peter Schwerfel, German/Spanish, Linen Hardcover, 46 pages, EUR 18

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  • Bilder, 1994, Edited by Georg-W. Költzsch/Museum Folkwang Essen. Texts by Georg W. Költzsch, Joachim Sartorius, Cees Nooteboom and Roland H. Wiegenstein, german/english/french, 167 pages, 87 colour ill. Edition Nothelfer, ISBN 3-87329-946-1, EUR 25

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