Peter
Herkenrath
Gemälde Peter Herkenrath

Artist: Peter Herkenrath


As an artist, Peter Herkenrath was self-taught, and initially worked in his father's textile company. It was not until 1933 that he had a solo exhibition at the Kölnischer Kunstverein, but war and German National Socialism interrupted his artistic work. Peter Herkenrath's painting shows many facets: figurative and post-Cubist painting in the 1930s with an already reduced-form language, developed itself into abstract painting from the mid-1940s into an independent position within the German Informel of the 1950s and 1960s. Well-known portraits of Herkenrath include Theodor Heuss, Konrad Adenauer and Gustav Heinemann.

Biography

1900
Born on April 18th in Cologne
1910 - 1917
Visit to the Schiller Gymnasium in Cologne.
1917 - 1920
Military service in Flanders, captivity in France
1920 - 1923
Studied economics and law at the University of Cologne. At the same autodidactic training in painting and drawing.
1923
Admission to the father's textile company. Marriage with Anni Ehl
1932
Together with his brother take over the management of the company
1943
In the air war destruction of the apartment and the studio, loss of images.
1944
After the war, co-founder of the Rheinische Künstlergemeinschaft cologne
1952 - 1955
Chairman of the New Rhenish Secession
1958
Karl Ernst Osthaus Prize of the city of Hagen. Prize of the Deutscher Künstlerbund
1958/59
One-year study visit at the Villa Romana, Florence
1959
Participation in the documenta 2 in Kassel
1961
Stay at the German Academy Villa Massimo, Rome
1962 - 1970
Appointed to the State Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe
1963
Establishment of a second studio in Cipressa, Liguria
1965
Great Art Prize of the City of Cologne. Awarding of the Federal Cross of Merit Appointment as professor for life
1980
Honorary Member and Gold Medal of the Accademia d'Italia, Arte e Lavoro, San Gimignano, Parma
1992
Deceased on 13 November in Mainz

Solo exhibitions

2000
Gallery Schrade, Schloss Mochental, Germany
2000
100 years Peter Herkenrath, Gallery 40 Rother, Wiesbaden, Germany
1998
Gallery ON, Cologne, Germany
1998
Kunstfoyer Badenwerk, Karlsruhe, Germany
1994
Retrospective, Gallery 40 Rother, Wiesbaden, Germany
1993
Gallery Vömel, Düsseldorf, Germany
1985
Gallery Orangerie-Reinz, Cologne, Germany
1984
Gallery Strunk-Hilgers, Mönchengladbach, Germany
1981
Gallery Vömel, Dusseldorf, Germany
1980
Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
1978
Gallery of the Landesgirokasse, Stuttgart, Germany
1978
Gallery Rothe, Heidelberg, Germany
1974
Gallery Anna Friebe, Cologne, Germany
1974
Gallery on the Rhine, Cologne, Germany
1972
Gallery Klang, Cologne, Germany
1971
Gallery of the Landesgirokasse, Stuttgart, Germany
1971
Cologne Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany
1967
Gallery Klang, Cologne, Germany
1965
Cologne Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany
1961
Municipal Museum, Trier, Germany
1959
Gallery Dieter Brusberg, Hannover, Germany
1958
Cologne Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany
1955
Municipal Museum Schloss Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany
1952
Gallery Der Spiegel, Cologne, Germany
1952
Suermondt Museum, Aachen, Germany
1947
Modern Gallery Egon Günther, Mannheim, Germany
1936
Cologne Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany
1933
Cologne Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany
group exhibitions
2001
Academy of Fine Arts, Karlsruhe, Germany
1996
Gallery 40 Rother, Wiesbaden, Germany
1962
Art and Museum Association, Wuppertal, Germany
1958
Museum of Local History, Gelsenkirchen-Buer, Germany
1947
Cologne Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany
Fairs
2013
ART Karlsruhe, Gallery Christine Rother, Karlsruhe, Germany
Galerie Rother Winter GBR

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