Raimund Girke (1930 - 2002)
Raimund Girke, born in 1930 in Heinzendorf/Niederschlesien is one of the groundbreaking artists of German post-war art and is, among others, held to be a forerunner of Analytic Painting. Between 1951 and 1952 he studies at the Werkkunstschule in Hannover, between 1952 and 1956 he continues his studies at the Staatlichen Kunstakademie in Dusseldorf. In 1959 he is awarded with the Price of the city of Wolfsburg for painting. In 1961/62 Girke develops the monochrome white painting. In 1962 he receives the Kunstpreis der Jugend, Stuttgart. Between 1966 and 1971 he teaches at the Werkkunstschule Hannover, from 1971 to 1996 Girke holds a professorship for free painting at the Hochschule der Künste Berlin. In 1995 he receives the Lovis-Corinth-Price of the Künstlergilde Esslingen and in 2002 the Art price of Lower Saxony. 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. Raimund Girke dies in 2002 in Cologne.
1958 Galerie Adam Seide, Hannover 1963 Weiss, aktiviert, Galerie d, Frankfurt on the Main 1972 Galerie Annemarie Verna, Zurich 1974 Städtisches Kunstmuseum, Bonn 1977 Documenta VI, Kassel 1979 Kabinett für aktuelle Kunst, Bremerhaven 1982 Kunstmuseum Dusseldorf Salone Villa Romana, Florence 1988 Galerie Hans Strelow, Dusseldorf 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