25 May – 02 September 2012

Günter Fruhtrunk. Paint Rhythm Existence

Günter Fruhtrunk, Zwei grosse, zwei kleine Reihen, 1972
Günter Fruhtrunk (1923–1982) was one of the few German
artists who not only continued to work in the aesthetic tradition
of Classical Modernism after 1945, but who actually embraced
its ideals and values, and sought to apply them to the new social
order.

In 1963, having spent a long time in Paris, Fruhtrunk achieved his breakthrough with an exhibition at the Museum am Ostwall in Dortmund. For many years, he was one of the most talkedabout artists in Germany. Yet after his early death, his name was increasingly forgotten.
In retrospect, Fruhtrunk’s abstract geometric, non-figurative painting, coupled with his social and political engagement, distinguish him as one of the most enduring and inspirational figures in postwar German art. Rekindling public awareness of this artist’s pivotal role is one of the main aims of this exhibition.
The exquisite painterly sensitivity and quality of his oeuvre go hand in hand with an earnest endeavour to address the issues of the modern
age and contribute to the ideal of individual self-determination.
In pursuit of this, Fruhtrunk developed a singular system of painting
that articulates the quest for enlightenment by activating a way of
seeing that involves confronting fundamental existential questions.
While this exhibition charts his career in broadly chronological order, it also includes a section devoted to the previously unacknowledged influence of music on Fruhtrunk’s work. In addition, some small studies he evidently made to explore the use of different carriers, and how different techniques affect the behaviour of paint can be seen for the first time.

The exhibition is a Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein production, curated
by Friedemann Malsch.
Opening
 Thursday, 24 May 2012, 18 h Vernissage 
Guided tour
 Thursday, 31 May 2012, 18 h with Friedemann Malsch 
 Tuesday, 12 June 2012, 18 h a cooperation with the Feldkirch Festival 
 Thursday, 28 June 2012, 18 h with Uwe Wieczorek 
 Thursday, 30 August 2012, 18 h with Friedemann Malsch 
Supporting events:
 Wednesday, 30 May 2012, 15 – 17 h   Schools and Museum

Günter Fruhtrunk: Introduction for teachers of all levels

with Christina Jacoby

 Thursday, 31 May 2012, 12:30 – 13 h   Take Away

Günter Fruhtrunk

Short guided tour during the lunch break

 Sunday, 3 June 2012, 11 – 12 h   One Hour

Colour

Guided tour with Friedemann Malsch

 Tuesday, 5 June 2012, 17 – 19 h   Schools and Museum

Günter Fruhtrunk: Introduction for teachers of all levels

with Christina Jacoby

 Thursday, 14 June 2012, 14 – 16 h   "Art 60+"

Günter Fruhtrunk

with Barbara Redmann
Continuing at the 28th of June 2012, registration required

 Thursday, 14 June 2012, 18 h   Speech

Increased Intensity in Life

«Rhythm» and «Light» in Fruhtrunks pictures
by Erich Franz (in German)

 Thursday, 28 June 2012, 14 – 16 h   "Art 60+"

Günter Fruhtrunk

with Barbara Redmann

 Thursday, 30 August 2012, 12:30 – 13 h   Take Away

Günter Fruhtrunk

Short guided tour during the lunch break