German, born in 1941
Markus Lüpertz breathes new life into painting, materiality and narrative in post-war art. His prolific body of work lies somewhere between figuration and abstraction. In one theme after another, his stylistically free work features a host of references to history, myths and key figures in art history.
In the 1960s Lüpertz made his series of “dithyrambic paintings”, a term borrowed from Nietzsche's analysis of the Dionysian rites of ancient Greece. In these he reconnected with figurative art while continuing to experiment with abstraction, simplifying forms or enlarging details. In 1966, Lüpertz, also a poet and writer, published his manifesto Kunst, die im Wege steht (“Art that Disturbs”).
His work is being presented by the Pinault Collection for the first time at the “Untitled, 2020” show at the Punta della Dogana in Venice (2020).