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Richard Oelze
Ohne andere Gesellschaft, 1964
Richard Oelze
Platz der Urnen, 1962

Richard Oelze »eigene Urbilder«
Paintings and drawings of the 1950s and 1960s

Richard Oelze (1900–1980) is considered, along with Max Ernst, a leading German exponent of Surrealism. Taking the Bauhaus and the New Objectivity style as starting points, he develops with his oeuvre created in Paris from 1933 onwards an own, quite distinctive pictorial language within Surrealism, which often revisits painting techniques of the Old Masters.

Living in Worpswede after 1945, he first shows his works in a solo exhibition in our Bremen gallery in 1952. In 1962 he moves to Posteholz near Hamlin, where he lives a completely secluded life devoted to the pictorial realization of his visions.
In these years he executes his extensive late work, which is distinguished by an imagery all its own. Employing the glaze technique of the Old Masters, he produces his so-called Inner Landscapes – cloudy vegetal nature formations sometimes comprising figurative components such as faces and eyes. The »haziness« of certain formal elements, achieved with painterly means, is further enhanced by the enigmatic, literary titles of the pictures. Chosen from Oelze's most prolific work phase – from the 1950s and 1960s – our show will present seven paintings and a number of selected drawings.

In post-war Europe, the art of Richard Oelze is on view in the most important exhibitions, including the Documenta II in 1959 and Documenta III in 1964 as well as the Venice Biennale in 1968, where the German pavilion features a large selection of his works. Numerous major museums – among them the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Museum des 20. Jahrhunderts, Vienna, the Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin and the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen – possess works by Oelze in their collections.

Gallery Weekend Berlin 2019
Opening: Friday, April 26, 6–9 pm
Saturday/Sunday, April 27/28, 11 am–7 pm

Exhibition in Berlin: April 27–June 15, 2019
Tue–Fri 10 am–6 pm, Sat 11 am–3 pm