Gruppe 53

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Named after the year of its founding, Gruppe 53 was formed by a collective of artists not so much to address issues of content but to improve the exhibition situation in postwar Germany. With exhibitions in the Düsseldorf Kunsthalle from 1956 to 1959, they achieved this goal. A document from 1955 lists the 17 artists, most of whom dubbed themselves “Kunstmaler” (art painters). Many of the names are unknown today; many of their works, though, belong to our everyday visual vocabulary. Still, there is hardly a common denominator to the paintings. One could call it informal painting, and it is quite astonishing that Otto Piene and Heinz Mack were happy representatives of a formless kind of painting. Konrad Klapheck, with his almost objective illustrations of technology, painted then as he does today. It remains surprising that this group, with its disparate viewpoints, was able to remain

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