Printing Blocks between Work of Art and Tool
At the end of the year, we are addressing a printmaking technique that was largely responsible for the success of the young Horst Janssen: woodblock printing.
Gustav Kluge (b. 1947) was first known as a painter; with his figurative but often gloomy depictions, he is one of the representatives of the “New Wild” painters. At the Horst-Janssen-Museum we are interested in his large-format woodcuts. Here Kluge has a very individual approach: because often there is only a single or few prints from his printing blocks. Instead, these printing blocks appear like sculptures of their own. The worked on and painted former floor boards, door leaves and tree discs on the one hand are tools and on the other autonomous objects of art. Depending on their size and shape, they sometimes appear coarse, sometimes sensitive and allow a completely new view of the woodcut technique.
The exhibition is held in cooperation with the Spendhaus, Reutlingen, and the Museum Lothar Fischer, Neumarkt.
Duration: 9 December 2018 until 24 March 2019