Karl-Heinz Schwind

Karl-Heinz Schwind(*1958 in Landau)

From the catalogue of the first exhibition by Daniel Blau, Munich 1990: “Images enlarge the space, expand it – form tunnels into other worlds, make the room a Charles de Gaulle departure hall”


Karl-Heinz Schwind studied under Georg Baselitz from 1978-84 and was a master student of Per Kirkeby at the Karlsruhe Art Academy from 1984-85.


His colourful, strong works, some of which border on material battles, contain numerous quotes from art history.


Schwind tries it out – that’s his style. His works show the political and cultural tensions of West Germany in the 80s.


To question himself and society – this is what Schwind has been working on in his painting to this day. He is not afraid of references, thematically he incorporates Ludwig Kirchner into his works, just as quotes of Dadaism and technical transformation of Tachism.


He follows an inspiration almost archaically, anarchically and creates work out of what falls into his hands: wood, magazines, wax crayons, canvas, yarn.


Schwind lives and works in Berlin.

Karl-Heinz Schwind
Billy Al Bengston

Billy Al Bengston (*1934 in Dodge City, Kansas)

is an American artist and sculptor. Bengston’s fondness for motorcycles influences his artworks, which often consist of vibrant lacquer on metal.
He also works on paper and canvas. Besides motorcycle culture, surfing and his life in California and Hawaii give the artist’s works their character.
In 1955 he went to California College of Arts in Oakland followed by studies at Otis Art Institute in LA. Since 1958 there have been various solo exhibitions in LA with Ferus Gallery. His first solo museum exhibition was in 1968 at LACMA. The 1960s were shaped by professional motorcycle racing. In 1974 he visited Hawaii for the first time.

Bengston surfs and paints in Venice Beach and Honolulu.

Exhibitions and Distinctions (Selection)

“Endless Summer”, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, USA

“California Dreaming: Ed Moses, Billy Al Bengston, Ed Ruscha”, New Britain Museum of American Art, USA

“Still Life with Fish: Photography from the Collection”, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA “Los Angeles, – a Fiction”, Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, Norway

“Drawing in L.A.: The 1960s and 70s”, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, USA

“Selections from the Permanent Collection”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA

“Craig Turned On The Light and California Art Bloomed”, Honolulu Museum of Art, Hawaii.

“Sinister Pop”, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA

Sigmar Polke
Sigmar Polke (1941 – 2010)
Sigmar Polke was an influential German artist known for his distinctive paintings and photographs. He often worked with non-traditional artistic materials and experimented with a wide variety of styles and subjects. He was born in Poland during World War II. After the war, his family was expelled to East Germany where the artist spent his early years until his move to West Germany in 1953.
Polke studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf where he co-founded the movement now known as Capitalist Realism with fellow artists Gerhard Richter and Konrad Lueg. The artists depicted and critiqued the growing consumerism of West Germany, drawing on Pop Art and media influences. The group organised the notable 1963 art exhibition Demonstration for Capitalist Realism.
By the end of the 1960s, Polke had solo exhibitions at numerous galleries including Galerie René Block, Berlin; Galerie Schmela, Düsseldorf; Galerie Heiner Friedrich, Munich; and Galerie Rudolf Zwirner, Cologne.
He participated in numerous international biennales and exhibitions including Documenta, the Bienal de São Paulo, and the Venice Biennale, and received a number of awards, including the Golden Lion for his solo presentation at the West German Pavilion in 1986 at the Venice Biennale.
Polke worked predominantly with photography in the 1970s and returned to working with paint in the 1980s, making abstract works that drew on chance reactions between materials. In the last two decades of his life, he produced paintings focused on historical events. He died on June 10, 2010 in Cologne, Germany at the age of 69.
His works are held in the permanent collections of major international museums including the Art Institute of Chicago; The Broad, Los Angeles; Centre Georges Pompidou – Musée National d‘Art Moderne, Paris; Guggenheim Museum Bilbao; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; and Tate Modern, London, among others.
Selected Exhibitions
Sigmar Polke – Alchemie und Arabeske, Feb 11 – May 21, Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden
Sigmar Polke. Early Prints, Mar 20 – May 22, Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Alibis: Sigmar Polke, 1963–2010, Oct 09, 2014 – Feb 08, 2015, Tate Modern, London, UK
Alibis: Sigmar Polke, 1963–2010, Apr 19 – Aug 03, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Sigmar Polke. La démultiplication de l’humour. Les éditions dans la collection Axel Ciesielski, les Abattoirs, Jan 31–May 04, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art – FRAC Midi Pyrénées, Toulouse, France
Sigmar Polke. Photographische Arbeiten aus der Sammlung Garnatz, May 15 – Aug 31, Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne, Germany
Sigmar Polke. Eine Retrospektive 1963–2005. Die Sammlungen: Frieder Burda, Josef Froehlich, Reiner Speck, Jun 22 – Oct 07, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna, Austria
Sigmar Polke. Alice in Wonderland, Oct 1- Oct 30, Ueno Royal Museum, Tokio, Japan
Sigmar Polke. Recent Paintings and Drawings, 1998–2002, Nov 15, 2002 – Apr 06, 2003,
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, USA
Sigmar Polke et la Révolution Française, June 29 – Sept 24, Musée de la Révolution Française, Vizille, France

Christa Dichgans
Christa Dichgans (1940 – 2018)


Christa Dichgans was born 1940 in Berlin. She studied from 1960-65 at the Berlin Academy of Arts under Fred Thieler and worked as Georg Baselitz’s assistant from 1984 to 1988. She lived and worked in Berlin and La Haute Carpénée in Southern France.


Exhibitions and Distinctions (Selection)
Galerie Daniel Blau, Munich

Galerie Daniel Blau, Munich

Galerie Daniel Blau, Munich

Galerie Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin

Galerie Daniel Blau, Munich

Artist group “Die Ecke”, Augsburg

Journeys through Russia and Asia

Museé d’Art Moderne, Nice
Goethe Institut, Moscow

Mannheim Art Association. Municipal Gallery Viesen

Göttingen Art Association

82 etchings for the book “was – wenn/ was nicht/ wenn nicht”, published and commentated by “Y” (A.R. Penck), Galerie Springer, Berlin

Galerie Springer, Berlin

Lerner-Heller Gallery, New York

Galerie Marzona, Bielefeld

Galerie Springer, Berlin

Residence at Villa Romana, Florence

DAAD scholarship in New York

German National Scholarship



Literature (Selection)

Christa Dichgans – Spielzeugbilder, Galerie Daniel Blau, Munich 2010

Christa Dichgans – King Kong Kisses, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin 2006

Christa Dichgans Werke 1969 – 1998, Bern Berlin 2000

Christa Dichgans Retrospektive, Städtische Galerie Viersen 1995

Christa Dichgans Werke 1964 – 1991, ed. by Haus am Waldsee, Berlin 1992

Christa Dichgans Bilder 1967-1972, Galerie Springer, Berlin 1972



Eugène Leroy
Eugène Leroy (1910 – 2000)


Eugène Leroy (1919-2000) was introduced to the Dutch Old Masters Rembrandt and Jordaens as a teenager, and later to El Greco and Goya. From 1931 to 1932 he studied at the École des Beaux‑Arts in Lille and Paris, but he quickly decided that the methods and approaches of the academies did not correspond with his understanding of art. He moved to Roubaix, where he worked as a Latin and Greek teacher. He consistently pursued his painting during this time. In 1936 he saw “The Jewish Bride” by Rembrandt in the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum and the abstraction of materiality and the flesh were to fascinate him throughout his life. He had his first exhibition in Lille in 1937. He continued to teach during World War II. His post-war works are characterized by dark colors and have a strong connection to the North Sea. This style of painting was thematically interrupted by a crucifixion scene that he created for a chapel in Roubaix in 1946-48. In 1954 he exhibited with Sam Francis, Serge Poliakoff and Marcel Pouget. His first solo exhibition took place at the Tourcoing Museum in Dunkirk in 1956. Leroy’s move to Wasquehal in 1958 is clearly evident in his œuvre, as there is a noticeable shift in his compositions towards more abstraction. From 1955-70 he exhibited in the May Salon in Paris. Numerous exhibitions followed, and the 1988 retrospective in the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris deserves special mention. In 1992 he took part in the documenta IX in Kassel and in 1995 in the Venice Biennale.
Leroy died 2000 in Wasquehal.



Exhibitions and Distinctions (Selection)



Donation of 600 works to the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tourcoing



Musée d’Art et d’Industrie, La Piscine, Roubaix



Musée d’Art Moderne,  Villeneuve d’Ascq



Art Association for Rhineland and Westphalia, Dusseldorf.


Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo (NY)



Kunsthalle Basel



Retrospective at Centre díArt Contemporain Bignan, Centre díArt Contemporain Rennes and Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rennes



Grand Prix National de la Peinture



45th Venice Biennale



Galerie Daniel Blau, München



Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain, Nice



Documenta IX, Kassel



Participation at 21st Sao Paolo Biennale



Musée d’Art Moderne, Villeneuve d’Ascq



Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven


Musée d’Art Moderne de La Ville de Paris



Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Gent



Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Lille



Wiener Sezession, Wien



Collaboration with Claude Bernard Gallery, Paris



Prix Emile-Othon Friesz



Musée des Beaux-Arts, Tourcoing



Literature (Selection)


Eugène Leroy – Alles ist Farbe, ed. by Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Dusseldorf, 2000


Bernard Marcadé, Eugène Leroy, Paris, 1999


Eugène Leroy – Peintures, ed. by Kunsthalle Basel, 1997


Hector Obalk, Eugène Leroy – Oil Paintings, Tokyo 1991


Eugène Leroy – Bilder und Zeichnungen, ed. by Galerie Daniel Blau, Munich, 1994

Eugène Leroy

Chuck Close
Chuck Close (*1940)


Chuck Close was born 1940 in Monroe,Washington. In 1962 he received his B.A. from the University of Washington, Seattle, and in 1964 his M.F.A from Yale University, New Haven. After a Fulbright grant in Vienna he worked as an art teacher at the University of Massachusetts. A spinal artery collapse in 1988 left Close almost completely paralyzed. He lives and works in New York.


Solo Exhibitions (Selection)


Chuck Close: Portraits,Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond,Virginia


Chuck Close: Prints: Process and Collaboration, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale



Familiar faces: Chuck Close in Ohio Collections, Akron Art Museum, Ohio.


Faces, Chuck Close and Contemporary Portraiture, Nevada Museum of Art, Nevada



Chuck Close: Seven Portraits, The State Hermitage Museum,Winter Palace, St. Petersburg



Chuck Close: Portaits 1996-2006, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen



Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration: Bluffer Gallery, University of Houston; travelled to: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Knoxville Museum of Art; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth,Texas; Boise Art Museum, Idaho; Portland Art Museum,Oregon; Sungkok Museum of Art, Seoul; San Jose Museum of Art, California; Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art,Arihona; Corcoran Gallery of Art,Washington



Travelling exhibition:The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle; Hayward Gallery, London



Chuck Close, Large Polaroids 1984-1995, Galerie Daniel Blau, Munich



A Print Project by Chuck Close,The Museum of Modern Art, New York “6th Annual Infinity Award of Art”, International Centre of Photography Travelling exhibition:Art Institute of Chicago;The Friends of Photography, Ansel Adams Cent



Chuck Close, Paper Works: Herbert Palmer Gallery, Los Angeles; Spokane Center of Art, Cheney,Washington; Milwaukee Art Museum; Columbia Museum, South Carolina



Close Portraits, travelling exhibition:The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; St. Louis Art Museum, Missouri; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago;Whitney Museum of American Art, New York



Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland



Chuck Close: Keith: travelled to Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, North Carolina; Phoenix Art Museum,Arizona;The Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minnesota



Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago



Bykert Gallery,NewYork



Literature (Selection)


Christopher Finch, Chuck Close: Life, Munich, 2010


Christopher Finch, Chuck Close: Work, Munich, 2007


Chuck Close: Pinturas 1968/2006, ed. by. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid 2007


Martin Friedman, Close Reading: Chuck Close and the Art of the Self-Portrait. New York,2005



Andy Warhol
Andy Warhol (1928 – 1987)

Andy Warhol is arguably the best-known artist of the second half of the 20th century. His works Double Elvis, Gold Marilyn and his Campbell’s Soup Cans are iconic. In 2011 a batch of drawings from the 1950s –the first decade Warhol spent in New York – was discovered among the works he left in his estate. In these early drawings Warhol establishes a precedent for his subsequent work. We come across: Portraits, Flowers, Guns, Car Crashes and Famous People. Through these drawings we see Warhol as a sensitive and ingenious draftsman.
He was particularly inspired by the blossoming magazine culture and its pictorial language. Extensive research by Daniel Blau has now identified the majority of the sources he used for his 1950s works. Warhol drew a large number of subjects from the world-famous LIFE magazine.


Selected Exhibitions
“Andy Warhol-From A to B and Back Again”, SFMOMA, San Francisco, USA
“Contact Warhol: Photography Without End”, Cantor Arts Center, Stanford, USA
“Andy Warhol: By Hand (Drawings 1950s-1980s)”, New York Academy of Art, New York, USA
“Andy Warhol-From A to B and Back Again”, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
“Andy Warhol: Campbell’s Soup Cans and Other Works 1953–1967”, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
“YES!YES!YES! Warholmania”, Museum Brandhorst, Munich, Germany
“From Marilyn to Mao: Andy Warhol‘s Famous Faces”, Columbia Museum of Art Columbia, USA
“Andy Warhol and William Morris”, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, England
“Pop To Popism”, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
“Transmitting Andy Warhol”, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, England
“Andy Warhol: Death and Disaster”, Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, Chemnitz, Germany
“Audubon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life”, Philadelphia Museum of Art,Philadelphia, USA
“From Photo to Print. Prints from Andy Warhol to Gerhard Richter”, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
“SUPERPOP!”, Serlachius Museum Gosta, Mantta, Finland
“Andy Warhol: Life, Death and Beauty”, Beaux-arts Mons, Mons, Belgium
Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich
Teylers Museum, The Netherlands
Louisiana Museum, Denmark
Grand Palais, Paris
Lousiana Museum, Humlebaek
Large travelling exhibition at Kunsthalle Hamburg; the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; International Center for Photography, New York
Kunsthalle, Basel
Travelling exhibition at Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; University of Pennsylvania-Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Serpentine Gallery, London; Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach; Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, Jouy-en-Josas
Museum of Modern Art, Vienna
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Museum Folkwang, Essen
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Travelling exhibition at Pasadena Art Museum; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Stedelijk Museum Eindhoven; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville, Paris; TheTate Gallery, London; Whitney Museum, NewYork
The Velvet Underground is formed
The Factory is founded
First Campbell’s Soup and Coca Cola screen-print series, exhibited at Ferus Gallery, Los Angeles. Participation at The New Realists, Janis Gallery, New York
Thirty Fifth Annual Art Director’s Club Award for his commercial shoe drawings
Hugo Gallery: Fifteen Drawings based on the Writings of Truman Capote


Literature (Selection)


From Silverpoint to Silver Screen – Andy Warhol 1950s Drawings ed. Daniel Blau, published by Hirmer January 2013
Andy Warhol – Zeichnungen 1942-1987, ed. The Andy Warhol Museum Pittsburgh, 2005
Andy Warhol – Catalogue Rainsonné Vol. 2 (Paintings and Sculptures 1964-69), Georg Frei, Neil Printz, London, 2004
Andy Warhol – Catalogue Rainsonné Vol. 1 (Paintings and Sculptures 1961-63), Georg Frei, Neil Printz, London, 2002
Warhol Pre-Pop, Jesse Kornbluth, München, 1989
Andy Warhol – Das zeichnerische Werk 1942-1975, ed. by Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, 1976

Weegee and Andy Warhol New York 1967
LE GUN collective
Amongst the founding members of the LE GUN group and the publication of the same name, these London-based artists are united by the medium of illustration on paper.


Stephanie von Reiswitz
Munich-born and very much immersed in the London universe, Stephanie von Reiswitz depicts surreal tales of past glories and tragedies, while rendering through her sombre colours and shapes an aesthetic reminiscent of the Weimar Republic.


Chris Bianchi
A self-invented Maltesian, Chris Bianchi’s somewhat surreal ideas are rendered in landscapes where new perspectives lead onto more and the viewer will find their mind pleasantly boggled.


Robert Rubbish
A unique Londoner and notorious Soho character, Robert Greene (a.k.a. Robert Rubbish), comprises half of the Victorian punk revivalist duo, the Rubbish Men, and shares generously a slice of his world through an adventurous synthesis of drawings and writing.


Bill Bragg
An illustrator with an appreciation for the deeper shades that a pencil can afford, this Englishman depicts fragmentary tales of mystery and conjures unlikely characters in a beautifully noir-esque style.


Neal Fox

Neal Fox was born 1981 in London, studied graphic design at Camberwell College of Art and illustration at the Royal College of Art in London. Fox is co-founder of LE GUN, an illustrative collective and their publication of the same name. He lives and works in London.


A.R. Penck
A.R. Penck (1939 – 2017)
Penck was born in Dresden, Germany in 1939 as Ralf Winkler. In his early teens he took painting and drawing lessons with Jürgen Böttcher, known by the pseudonym Strawalde, and joined with him to form the renegade artists’ group Erste Phalanx Nedserd (Dresden spelled backward). He later worked for a year as a trainee draftsman at the state advertising agency in Dresden. After failing to gain admission to the fine-arts academies in Dresden and East Berlin, Penck worked for several years as a stoker, a newspaper deliverer, a margarine packer and a night watchman.


Penck later studied together with a group of other neo-expressionist painters in Dresden. He became one of the foremost exponents of the new figuration alongside Jörg Immendorff, Georg Baselitz and Markus Lüpertz. Under the East German communist regime, they were watched by the secret police and were considered dissidents. In the late 1970s they were included in shows in West Berlin and were seen as exponents of free speech in the East. His work was shown by major museums and galleries in the West throughout the 1980s.


Penck first attracted attention with a series of paintings and sculptures, made in the 1960s and early 1970s, that he called Standarts, a conflation of “standard” and “art”, with an echo of the German word for banner or flag, Standarte. In the 1980s he became known worldwide for paintings with pictographic, neo-primitivist imagery of human figures and other totemic forms.


Penck’s sculptures, though less familiar, evoke the same primitive themes as his paintings and drawings. They use common everyday materials such as wood, bottles, cardboard boxes, tin cans, masking tape, tinfoil, and wire, and are crudely painted and assembled.The sculptures are often reminiscent of the stone heads of Easter Island and other Oceanic art.
After leaving East Germany, Penck settled in Kerpen, southwest of Cologne, but in 1983 he moved to London. He later relocated to Dublin. At the time of his death, Penck lived and worked in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Dublin and New York City.


Penck died on 2 May 2017 in Zürich at the age of 77.


Exhibitions and Distinctions (Selection)


A.R. Penck – Rites de passage, Fondation Marguerite et Aimé Maeght, Saint‑Paul-de-Vence, France
A. R. Penck – System, Signal, Störung, Staatliches Museum für Kunst und Design, Nürnberg, Germany
A. R. Penck – Eine Retrospektive, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany
A.R. Penck – Holzschnitte, Radierungen, Lithographien, Kunstmuseum Heidenheim, Heidenheim, Germany
A.R. Penck, Vergangenheit, Gegenwart, Zukunft, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany


Literature (Selection)


A.R. Penck—Retrospektive, ed. by Ingrid Pfeiffer und Max Hollein, Frankfurt Düsseldorf, 2007
A.R. PenckKonfessionen, Bilder 1988-1995, ed. by Christian K. Scheffel, Bad Homburg, 2000
A. R. PenckHolzschnitte 1966-1995, ed. by Städtisches Kunstmuseum Spendhaus, Reutlingen, 2004
A.R. Penck, A.R. PenckZeichungen 1958-1985 Frauen Skulpturen Abstraktes, Bern, 1986
A. R. PenckZeichnungen bis 1975, ed. by Kunstmuseum Basel, 1978


Portrait A.R. Penck sitzend auf einer Axt und sprint in die Luft
Matt Mullican
Matt Mullican (*1951)


Matt Mullican was born 1951 in Santa Monica, California. He studied at the California Institute of the Arts, as well as in Valencia, Spain. His complex language and logic systems, as expressed on paper, glass and various media, have gained in versatility and applicability with the growth of computers and the internet. Mullican lives and works in New York and Berlin.


Exhibitions and Distinctions (Selection)


Haus der Kunst, Munich


Institut d’art contemporain, Villeurbanne, France


Museum of Art, Liechtenstein


Stuttgart Museum of Art showing at Stuttgart Airport


Lentos Museum, Linz


Museum Ludwig, Cologne


Internationaal Kunstcentrum, Antwerpen


Kunsthalle Basel. Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona


Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich


Stedelijk van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (with Lawrence Weiner) Documenta IX, Kassel


New National Gallery and Alexanderplatz Station, Berlin


Visiting professorship at Städelschule, Frankfurt


Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington


Museum of Modern Art, New York


Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva


Documenta 7, Kassel




Matt Mullican—Model Architecture, ed. by Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz, 2006


Matt Mullican—DC: Learning from that Person’s Work, ed. by Museum Ludwig, Cologne, 2005


Matt Mullican, Brooke Alexander, Galerie Daniel Blau, Mai 36 Galerie, New York, Munich, Zürich, 2000


Matt Mullican—Works 1972-1992, ed. by Ulrich Wilmes, Cologne, 1993

Matt Mullican