Axel Kasseböhmer. Photo: Sprüth Magers

Axel Kasseböhmer (1952–2017)

Painter Axel Kasseböhmer, best known for his landscapes, which can be found in the collections of the Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt, the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, died on September 9, after suffering from a long illness. Sprüth Magers, who represented the artist since 1984, confirmed his passing.

Born in Herne, in North Rhine-Westphalia, in 1952, Kasseböhmer studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf with Joseph Beuys and Gerhard Richter, and in 2001, he began working as a professor at the Munich Academy of Arts, where he taught for many years.

In the March 1990 issue of Artforum, Norbert Messler reviewed Westfälischer Kunstverein’s ten-year survey of the artist’s still lifes and landscapes from the 1980s. Messler wrote: “Kasseböhmer’s medium is painting; his stylistic device is the quotation. Classical motifs such as figures, landscapes, and still lifes constitute his themes, but his methods are conceptual. They lead, by way of details, fragments, and homages, from existing paintings to new pictures based on pictures. A highly personal need for painting and a profound respect for preexisting works fuse on this conceptual level with a search for the relevant social basis of painting in our time.”