Hermann Bartels (1928 - 1989)
Hermann Bartels is born in Riesenburg, West Prussia in 1928. From 1946 - 48 he undergoes an apprenticeship as wood turner, afterwards an apprenticeship as bookseller. He gets private Art Education by the late impressionistic artist Kurt Bernecker. Moreover he attends courses at the Kunstakademie Hamburg by Kurt Kranz. In 1952 he moves to Frankfurt on the Main. During 1955-65 the white based „Fleckenbilder“ are created. 1958 he meets Arnulf Rainer. He writes a short essay for the issue ZERO 1 1959 – 63 the monochrom „Spachtelbilder“, mostly in black or white are created. 1960 he moves to Dusseldorf. 1961 he untertakes a journey to the netherlands and gets in contact with the group nul 1963 – 65 the "Farbstreifen“ are created. Important workgroups as „Parallel-Montagen“ arise from 1967, the „Freiwinklige Combines“ from 1977 and the „Complexes“ from 1986. 1989 he dies in Dusseldorf.
1955 Represented by the Zimmergalerie Franck, in contact with the artist group Quadriga 1957 Galerie l’Entracte, Lausanne 1958 Group show with Lothar Quinte in the Wiener Galerie St. Stephan Participation at the 7th evening exhibition in Otto Pienes atelier in Dusseldorf 1960 Group show, Monochrome Malerei, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen 1961 dato-Galerie, Frankfurt am Main 1966 Group show, Weiss auf Weiss, Kunsthalle Bern 1972 Halfmannshof, Gelsenkirchen 1994 Galerie Schoeller, Dusseldorf 2003 Märkisches Museum, Witten/Ruhr 2010 Hermann Bartels – Malerei zwischen Fläche und Raum, Museum für Konkrete Kunst Ingolstadt 2017 Le socle du monde Biennale, Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Denmark