• Markus Lüpertz

    Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum

    If many people viewed Markus Lüpertz’s show here five years ago with a sense of opposition, resisting a kind of pictorial splendor which had almost been forgotten at that time (as R.H. Fuchs remarks in the catalogue here), his new retrospective was a big public success. This is hardly surprising, even if there is no doubt that a regressive idea lies behind this strange pictorialism. Lüpertz is not, as the presence in the catalogue of fragments of the poetry of Friedrich Hölderlin suggests, a Romantic artist: Hölderlin was a Romantic, while Lüpertz plays a Romantic, in a total surrender to an

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