Paul Wunderlich – The Early Lithographs

5 February to 29 July 2012

Paul Wunderlich (1927-2010) Sandwichlady II, 1960
Paul Wunderlich (1927-2010), Sandwichlady II, 1960, © Hamburger Kunsthalle / bpk, Kupferstichkabinett, Schenkung Dieter Brusberg, Berlin 2010, Foto: Christoph Irrgang


There has not been a solo exhibition of Paul Wunderlich in Hamburg until now.
This presentation of the artists' lithographs at the Hamburger Kunsthalle intends to fill this gap. Until his death in 2010, Wunderlich was among the artists in the city who enjoyed a high international reputation. Clearly, Wunderlich's career had an early start. Even as a student at the Hamburg Academy of Visual Arts, he was made director of the graphic arts workshop, where he printed for Emil Nolde and Oskar Kokoschka and introduced his colleague Horst Janssen to the art of etching. The scandal surrounding his "qui s'explique" lithography rocketed Wunderlich to fame and secured him a place in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In his lifetime, Wunderlich was also the only German artist to be admitted to the exclusive "Académie des Beaux-Arts" in Paris.
The exhibition was organized on the occasion of a generous donation by the Berlin art dealer Dieter Brusberg, who recently contributed a large portfolio of Wunderlich lithographs to the Hamburger Kunsthalle collection. Because the collection concentrates on a specific period of time - namely Wunderlich's early lithographs - the exhibition ends with works created in 1975. This allows for a selective look at the artist's early period, on the development of Wunderlich's unmistakeable signature and on until now unpublished lithographs showing the influence of other artists. The show also includes all of the artist's most significant early lithograph series, notably "qui s'explique" and "20 July 1944". The presentation will be supplemented with etchings and oil paintings, which highlight Wunderlich's position as one of the groundbreaking German illustrators since the 1960s.

Curator of the exhibition: Jonas Beyer

  • Paul Wunderlich (1927-2010) Sandwichlady II, 1960
    Paul Wunderlich (1927-2010)
    Sandwichlady II, 1960
  • Paul Wunderlich (1927-2010)  Busenfreundinnen, 1963
    Paul Wunderlich (1927-2010)
    Busenfreundinnen, 1963
  • Paul Wunderlich (1927-2010)  Akt auf blauem [sic] Stuhl, 1969
    Paul Wunderlich (1927-2010)
    Akt auf blauem [sic] Stuhl, 1969
  • Paul Wunderlich (1927-2010)  Bosomfriends II (Goldfinger), 1965
    Paul Wunderlich (1927-2010)
    Bosomfriends II (Goldfinger), 1965
  • Paul Wunderlich (1927-2010)  Odaliske (nach Ingres), 1975
    Paul Wunderlich (1927-2010)
    Odaliske (nach Ingres), 1975
  • Paul Wunderlich (1927-2010)  20. Juli 1944, Blatt 6, 1959
    Paul Wunderlich (1927-2010)
    20. Juli 1944, Blatt 6, 1959

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