Markus Lüpertz

In his sequence of images “Parsifal – Männer ohne Frauen” from 1993, the German artist Markus Lüpertz (* 1941) painted the face of the Great Seeker with tears on his face in numerous variations. The reference of mythological figures and themes in impressive symbols is distinctive of his oeuvre. Lüpertz is considered one of the most important contemporary artists and has been awarded several times for his excellent works. The work is a representative of the “Parsifal” series by Markus Lüpertz, because unites them all her facets. The vibrating grid net, which emphasis the stiff head which provides a big silence. Here historical relations are created specifically by the figure of Parsifal. In the complete works and also in this work it is over and over again about the discussion with the human figure. This creates another important historical relation, because by his aware of tradition.

The German painter Markus Lüpertz is considered to be one of the most famous representatives of the Neo-expressionism. He also is one of the most important artists of his generation – the same generation as Georg Baselitz and A.R. Penck, who are also represented in the exhibition, belonged to. Lüpertz wanted to come back to a more emotional painting – differentiated to the American abstract style, which was famous after World War II. The large pictures-cycle “Parsifal – Männer ohne Frauen”, which the artist began in 1993, is one of his most popular art works. The exhibition displays two of the paintings from the cycle and one from a similar cycle, which is called “Parsifal”. The abstract picture series “Männer ohne Frauen – Parsifal” from 1993-1997 is inspired by the opera “Parsifal” by the composer Richard Wagner and dedicates itself to only one topic: Salvation from eternal temptation and a world, which is dominated by male fantasies.