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Paris Art Studies – The Michael Werner Collection

 

1939 – Birth of Michael Werner in Nauen, near Berlin Germany.

1958 – Works at the Rudolf Springer gallery in Berlin.

1962 – Discovers and is greatly moved by the work of Jean Fautrier on a visit to Paris in the company of Georg Baselitz.

1963 – Opens with Benjamin Katz, the Werner & Katz  gallery on the Kurfürstendamm in Berlin.

First exhibition of the works of Georg Baselitz. The show accused of shocking public morals is closed by the authorities and

« Die große Nacht im Eimer » (today in the Ludwig museum in Cologne) confiscated.

1964 – Opening of Michael Werner’s personal gallery -  « First Orthodox Salon» - in an old coal warehouse in Berlin. Werner represents Markus Lüpertz and A.R Penck.

1968 – Michael Werner moves the gallery to Cologne.

1969 – First exhibition of Gaston Chaissac

1970 – First exhibition of Marcel Broodthaers

1970 – First exhibition of Sigmar Polke

1971 – First exhibition of Jörg Immendorff

1971 – First exhibition of James Lee Byars

1972 – First exhibition of Thomas Schmit

1974 – First exhibition of Anselm Kiefer

1974 – First exhibition of Per Kirkeby

1979 ­– Opening of the new Michael Werner gallery on Gertrudenstraße in Cologne.

1982 – Michael Werner introduces his German artists to the USA in collaboration with Ileana Sonnabend, Xavier Fourcade, and at last Mary Boone, in New York. Beginning of the publication of the art review KRATER + WOLKE (8 numbers to this day).

1990 – Opening of Michael Werner’s New York gallery in the Upper East Side.

2009 – Opening of an administrative branch of the gallery in Berlin on Märkisch Wilmersdorf.

2012 – Werner donates more than 100 works from his personal collection to the Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris on the 50th anniversary of his first visit to the museum, which first inspired him to become involved with modern art.

 

Principal artists in the exhibition:

 

Arman (French, 1928 - 2005)

Gorg Baselitz (German, born 1938)

Günter Brus (Austrian, born 1938)

Joseph Beuys (German, 1921 - 1986)

James Lee Byars (American, 1932 - 1997)

Gaston Chaissac (French, 1910 - 1964)

André Derain (French, 1880 - 1954)

Otto Dix (French, 1891 - 1969)

Gerard Deschamps (French, born 1937)

Louis Michel Eilshemius (American, 1864 - 1941)

Jean Fautrier (French, 1898 - 1964)

Robert Filliou (French, 1926 - 1987)

Lucio Fontana (Italian, 1899 - 1968)

Otto Freundlich (German, 1878- 1943)

Francis Gruber (French, 1912 - 1948)

Raymond Hains (French, 1926 - 2005)

Jörg Immendorff (German, 1945 - 2007)

Per Kirkeby (Danish, born 1938)

Yves Klein (French, 1928 - 1962)

Yannis Kounellis (Greek, born 1936)

Wilhelm Lehmbruck (German, 1881 - 1919)

Eugène Leroy (French, 1910 - 2000)

Markus Lüpertz (German, born 1941)

Henri Michaux (Belgian/French, 1899 - 1984)

A.R. Penck (German, born 1939)

Francis Picabia (French, 1879 - 1953)

Sigmar Polke (German, 1941- 2010)

Bernard Requichot (French, 1929 - 1961)

Mimmo Rotella (Italian, 1918 - 2006)

Friedrich Schöder-Sonnenstern (German, 1892- 1982)

Eugen Schönebeck (German, born 1936)

Niele Toroni (Swiss, born 1937)

Don Van Vliet (American, 1941- 2010)

Jacques Villeglé (French, born 1926)

 
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