UWE LAUSEN. ALL'S FINE THAT ENDS FINE
Uwe Lausen's work takes a major place in the German figurative painting of the 1960s. In 2010, the 40th anniversary of his death, the SCHIRN will devote a large solo exhibition to Lausen. His highly individual take on Pop Art, which flourished in Germany from 1964, makes him the equal of other key artists of that period. Within a space of nine years this artist, who was self-taught and died at the age of 29, created an oeuvre distinguished by very rapid development.
In his later works he introduced a cool realism in line with the zeitgeist. In forms that were both despairing and aggressive, Lausen criticized the social constraints of the time and anticipated many of the trends that arose in the "German Autumn". At the same time, he developed formal solutions that are still highly relevant and that delight younger audiences as much as Lausen's own generation. In addition to 50 paintings and a similar number of works on paper, the exhibition in the SCHIRN also contains a room recreating the artist's living conditions. In it, the audience will be able to hear recordings that Uwe Lausen made with the musician Hans Poppel, and texts by the artist.
Within the space of just nine years painter Uwe Lausen assimilated styles such as Pop Art and Hyperrealism in a highly individual way while reflecting unsparingly on the authoritarian social structures of postwar Germany. The fortieth anniversary of the death of Lausen, a self-taught artist who took his own life at just twenty-nine years of age, is commemorated by the appearance of two publications: a catalogue in which his passionate and--from today's perspective--extremely topical oeuvre can be rediscovered, and the artist's collection of aphorisms, HERE AND NOW (1967).