From 21 November, the Lehnbachhaus in Munich is devoting itself to the Paris years (1954-1967) of the German painter and graphic artist Günter Fruhtrunk. The exhibition illuminates his explosive phase of life and work in the context of Franco-German art relations in the 1950s and 60s. At the same time, the Kunstmuseum Bonn is presenting a Günter Fruhtrunk retrospective, which will later be shown at the Museum Wiesbaden.
In 1981, a caricature that has become famous appears in the magazine “Stern”: Federal Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, in the midst of the East-West conflict, sits, between vodka and coke, on the sofa in the Chancellor’s bungalow – under a painting by Günter Fruhtrunk. A year before his death, Fruhtrunk, a professor at the Munich Academy, was considered a leading representative of concrete art in the Federal Republic. His design for the Aldi-Nord bag captivates with its noncommittal conciseness – and does not remain a German design icon for nothing.
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Image above: Günter Fruhtrunk, Umkehrende Reihe, Étude No 4, 1962/1963, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus and Kunstbau München, Foto / Photo: Lenbachhaus © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2022