Born 1929 in Düsseldorf
1950-1952 Studied at the art academy in Stuttgart with W. Baumeister
From 1953 Brüning was a member of the "Gruppe 53" (formerly the Niederrhein artists' group) together with Gerhard Hoehme, Winfred Gaul, Bernard Schultze and K.O. Götz
In 1961 he was awarded the Villa Romana Prize
In 1964 Brüning developed a new type of landscape painting, the so-called "traffic landscape"
From 1966 onwards he created sculptural objects and spatial arrangements, his best-known work being the 1968 motorway monument in Ehrenberg
1969 Professorship for free painting at the State Academy of Art in Düsseldorf
Participated in the documenta in Kassel in 1959, 1964 and 1968
Died in Ratingen in 1970
Brüning is one of the important representatives of the German Informel of the 1950s and 60s, but he goes his own way early on. Through the idiosyncrasy of working in interrelated series, freely invented, individual signs emerge over time with the constantly new articulation of space, which are structurally modified by their respective different arrangement within the picture. Due to this development, a pronounced tendency towards the scriptural can be observed in the early 1960s. A confrontation of the divergent ideas of surface and space takes place. The works soon testify to a mature handling of these 'signs' and mark another culmination point, which is at the same time the end and turning point of a way of painting that is to be understood internationally as open. In 1988 Brüning had his first solo exhibition at the Galerie Georg Nothelfer.
1969, Lithograph, signed and dated by the artist, 76 x 59,7 cm, Copies: 100
1988, Edited by Moderne Galerie des Saarland-Museums, Saarbrücken, Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund. Texts by Georg-W. Költzsch, Manfred de la Motte, pierre Restany, Marie-Luise Otten, Rolf-Gunter Dienst, Edition Wienand Cologne, 159 pages, numerous colour illustrations. Edition Wienand Publishers Cologne, ISBN 3-87909-199-4, EUR 39
1986, Edited by Manfred de la Motte/Galerie Georg Nothelfer. Texts by Marie-Luise Otten, Pierre Restany, Paul Celan, Georg W. Költzsch, Manfred de la Motte and Peter Brüning, german,128 pages, 70 ill., 28 colour ill. Edition Galerie Georg Nothelfer, Book series Pentagramm, vol. 1, ISBN 3-87329-932-1, EUR 18