Raimund Girke (1930 - 2002)

Raimund Girke is one of the groundbreaking artists of German post-war art and is, among others, held to be a forerunner of Analytic Painting. He made it his vocation to find a specific and classical order in the limitless and complex world of the colour white, thereby avoiding any hierarchical constraints, which might provoke an imbalance of colours. Thus, he reduced the colours in his pictures to white, accompanied only by shades of blue and brown, and tried to arrange the colours using a structure of rows.

Leaving out the step of traditional composite painting, he dedicated himself from 1950 to the conscious examination of the ‘informel’, in an attempt to surpass this tendency. He made use of creative devices such as structure, monochromy, repetition, movement and reduction, and these elements may be found throughout his oeuvre from the mid 50s onwards. In surmounting the ‘informel’ through precisely said devices, his approach overlaps significantly with the thought construct and artistic repertoire of the ZERO group.

 

 

1930 Born in Heinzendorf/Niederschlesien

1951-1952 Studies at the Werkkunstschule in Hannover

 

1952-1956 Studies at the Staatlichen Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf

 

1955 Conscious contention with the Informel

 

1959 Price from the city of Wolfsburg for painting

 

1961/62 Girke developes the monochrome white painting

 

1962 Art price of youth, Stuttgart

 

1966-1971 Professor at the Werkkunstschule Hannover

 

1971-1996 Professor for free painting  at the Hochschule der Künste Berlin

 

1995 Lovis-Corinth-Price

 

2002 Art price of Lower Saxony

 

Died in Cologne

 

1958 Galerie Adam Seide, Hannover

 

1963 Weiss, aktiviert, Galerie d, Frankfurt on the Main

 

1972 Galerie Annemarie Verna, Zürich

 

1974 Städtisches Kunstmuseum, Bonn

 

1977 Documenta VI, Kassel

 

1979 Kabinett für aktuelle Kunst, Bremerhaven

 

1982 Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf

 

          Salone Villa Romana, Florence

 

1988 Galerie Hans Strelow, Düsseldorf

 

2000 Art collections Chemnitz

 

2004 Hommage à Raimund Girke, Edith Wahlandt Galerie, Stuttgart

 

2009 Raimund Girke: Farbe und Licht. Malerei aus fünf Jahrzehnten, Josef Albers Museum Quadrat, Bottrop

 

2010 Hommage an Raimund Girke - zum 80. Geburtstag, Edith Wahlandt Galerie, Stuttgart

 

          Dreiklang - Girke, Graubner, Uecker, Edith Wahlandt Galerie, Stuttgart

 

2010-2011 Raimund Girke. Arbeiten von 1960-2002, Galerie Fahnemann, Berlin

 

2015 Raimund Girke. Bilder aus 3 Jahrzehnten, Galerie Fahnemann, Berlin

 

          Raimund Girke, Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Hong Kong

 

2016 Raimund Girke – Investigation White, Gallery Sonja Roesch, Houston

 

          Raimund Girke  – Power of Colour, Villa Grisebach, Munich

 

2017 Raimund Girke – ruhig bewegt, Stefan Hildebrandt Gallery, St. Moritz

          Raimund Girke – weiss bewegt, Galerie Dierking, Zurich