ARTISTS

Markus Lüpertz

ARTIST MARKUS LÜPERTZ

Art is everything we don’t understand.

Markus LÜPERTZ (*born in 1941 in Liberec/ Czech Republic) is one of the best-known contemporary German artists and representatives of neo-expressionism.

Along with Georg Baselitz, A.R. Penck, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter and Jörg Immendorff, he joined the ranks of top German post-war artists on the national and international art scene. He is described by the media as the “Painter Prince”.

Born in 1941 in Bohemian Reichenberg, Markus Lüpertz looks back on an established portfolio of work spanning decades. His art is characterised by major projects locally and abroad, along with close contact with influential public personas. He was head of the Düsseldorf Art Academy for 20 years. His subjects range from confronting German history to Greek mythology.

The artist’s works are found in private collections as well as national and international museums (including the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, Moderna Museet Stockholm, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in Paris, the National Gallery in Berlin, at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels).

MARKUS LÜPERTZ

Bronze sculptures

MARKUS LÜPERTZ

Flora sculpture

2019 | Bronze sculpture, handpainted| Signature ML| 100 x 37 x 35 cm | Edition 6
CHF 70.000

In Roman mythology, Flora is a goddess of flowers and associated with the season of spring. In ancient depictions, Flora is a young woman adorned with flowers and blossom. According to legend, Flora was brought to Rome by Sabine king Titus Tatius (who ruled Rome together with Romulus until his death), where he set up an altar for her. A goddess of vegetation and fertility, she was a goddess of flowers and plants – as the name suggests – as well as earth, grain and agriculture. She was also a goddess of youth and fertility. Similar to Bacchus, she is also a goddess of sensual pleasure and enjoyment, and is considered a patron goddess of prostitutes.

MARKUS LÜPERTZ

Flora sculpture

2019 | Bronze sculpture, handpainted| Signature ML| 100 x 37 x 35 cm | Edition 6
CHF 70.000

In Roman mythology, Flora is a goddess of flowers and associated with the season of spring. In ancient depictions, Flora is a young woman adorned with flowers and blossom. According to legend, Flora was brought to Rome by Sabine king Titus Tatius (who ruled Rome together with Romulus until his death), where he set up an altar for her. A goddess of vegetation and fertility, she was a goddess of flowers and plants – as the name suggests – as well as earth, grain and agriculture. She was also a goddess of youth and fertility. Similar to Bacchus, she is also a goddess of sensual pleasure and enjoyment, and is considered a patron goddess of prostitutes.

MARKUS LÜPERTZ

Hora sculpture

2016 | Bronze sculpture, handpainted| Signatur ML | 49 x 25 x 16,5 cm | Edition 45
CHF 16.000

To mark the 70th anniversary of DIE ZEIT, Markus Lüpertz Hora Skulptur, 2016 was published by Kunstverlag Till Breckner in an edition of 45 copies. The figure “Hora” – Greek for “time” – reflects much more than a “time portrait”: it is a discussion of the fundamental meanings of the term. Thus, the hourglass at the feet of the “Markus Lüpertz Sculpture Hora” symbolises transience, while the pomegranate lying on it is the sign of fertility, continuation and immortality – a contradiction that is able to represent the extremes of time. Above it, the sculpture is figurative, but without a head – because time is superhuman. Other details convey Lüpertz’s message, which can also be found in many other works: the personification of a word in all its facets of meaning. The sculpture was published in an edition of 45 and is 49 cm tall. The artist painted each copy by hand.

MARKUS LÜPERTZ

Dyonisos sculpture

2020 | Bronze sculpture, handpainted| Signature ML| 55 x 19 x 17 cm | Edition 30
CHF 16.000

Discover the 55 cm edition by Markus Lüpertz from 2020. The sculpture appears in a strictly limited edition of 30 copies. The artist derived the title from Greek mythology: Dionysos is the God of wine, grapes, fertility and ecstasy. Lüpertz’s interpretation resembles the ancient portrayals and sculptures in terms of form and comportment. The feet are positioned hip-width apart, the right arm is raised to shoulder height, holding out a sumptuous bunch of grapes towards the viewer. The left arm rests against the body at elbow height. In its hand, it holds a Kantharos – a drinking vessel for wine – slightly away from the body. Along with ivy vines and vine branches, these are the typical attributes of Dionysos.

MARKUS LÜPERTZ

Dyonisos sculpture

2020 | Bronze sculpture, handpainted| Signature ML| 55 x 19 x 17 cm | Edition 30
CHF 16.000

Discover the 55 cm edition by Markus Lüpertz from 2020. The sculpture appears in a strictly limited edition of 30 copies. The artist derived the title from Greek mythology: Dionysos is the God of wine, grapes, fertility and ecstasy. Lüpertz’s interpretation resembles the ancient portrayals and sculptures in terms of form and comportment. The feet are positioned hip-width apart, the right arm is raised to shoulder height, holding out a sumptuous bunch of grapes towards the viewer. The left arm rests against the body at elbow height. In its hand, it holds a Kantharos – a drinking vessel for wine – slightly away from the body. Along with ivy vines and vine branches, these are the typical attributes of Dionysos.

MARKUS LÜPERTZ

Mozart sculpture

2019 | Bronze sculpture, handpainted| Signature ML | 47 x 14,5 x 14,5 cm | Edition 35
CHF 20.000

Markus Lüpertz’s Heinrich Mann + I = Henry IV is a bronze, handpainted sculpture from 2015 and measures 38.5 x 20 x 17 cm. Bronze, handpainted, signed (monogrammed) and numbered on the plinth

MARKUS LÜPERTZ

Heinrich Mann sculpture

2015 | Bronze sculpture, handpainted| Signature ML | 38,5 x 20 x 17 cm | Edition 45
CHF 16.000

Markus Lüpertz’s Heinrich Mann + I = Henry IV is a bronze, handpainted sculpture from 2015 and measures 38.5 x 20 x 17 cm. Bronze, handpainted, signed (monogrammed) and numbered on the plinth, 45 arab. num. copies plus e.a. The sculpture is also presented at Korff Fine Art in Ilmmünster and at Galerie Hunold in Greven. Markus Lüpertz presents his “I” in relation to the writer Heinrich Mann and the title character “Young Henry of Navarre” from Mann’s novel of the same name. The sculpture is a fusion of three personalities and thus a gathering of visual art and literature as well as a unification of reality and fiction.

MARKUS LÜPERTZ

Heinrich Mann sculpture

2015 | Bronze sculpture, handpainted| Signature ML | 38,5 x 20 x 17 cm | Edition 45
CHF 16.000

Markus Lüpertz’s Heinrich Mann + I = Henry IV is a bronze, handpainted sculpture from 2015 and measures 38.5 x 20 x 17 cm. Bronze, handpainted, signed (monogrammed) and numbered on the plinth, 45 arab. num. copies plus e.a. The sculpture is also presented at Korff Fine Art in Ilmmünster and at Galerie Hunold in Greven. Markus Lüpertz presents his “I” in relation to the writer Heinrich Mann and the title character “Young Henry of Navarre” from Mann’s novel of the same name. The sculpture is a fusion of three personalities and thus a gathering of visual art and literature as well as a unification of reality and fiction.

MARKUS LÜPERTZ

Legal clarification

The La Gioia Ascona Arthouse is a distribution partner for the “Sculptures in Bronze” series.
Markus Lüpertz lives and works in Düsseldorf, Karlsruhe and Märkisch Wilmersdorf.
He is represented nationally and internationally primarily by gallery owner Michael Werner and by Galerie Breckner.