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