GRUPPE 53, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen Düsseldorf, 1956

Members of Gruppe 53: Peter Brüning, Fathwinter (since 1955), Albert Fürst, Winfred Gaul (since 1955), Konrad Klapheck, Herbert Götzinger, Heinz Mack, Otto Piene, Peter Royen, Gerhard Hoehme

Opening: January 6, 1956, 6 p.m.

Duration: January 6 – February 5, 1956

Dimensions: 10.6 x 15 cm (folded out 10.6 x 30 cm)

Further Information: “Ausstellung jüngerer Düsseldorfer Künstler und deren Freunde aus Westfalen, Frankreich und Italien. […] Es spricht Pierre Restany, Paris, mit Lichtbildern ‘Lyrismus und Abstraktion als neue Ausdrucksformen der Malerei” [transl. “Exhibition of young artists from Düsseldorf and their friends from Westphalia, France and Italy…Pierre Restany will give a lecture with images ‘Lyrism and abstraction as new forms of expression in painting”]

Originally named Künstlergruppe Niederrhein 53 e.V. in 1953, the association was founded by the five artists Fritz Bierhoff, Alfred Eckhard, Karl Heinz Heuner, Otto Pesch, and Walter Ritzenhofen in Düsseldorf. Two years later the name was shortened to Gruppe 53. Throughout its existence the members counted Peter Brüning, Winfried Gaul, Gerhard Hoehme, Horst Egon Kalinowski, Herbert Kaufmann, Rolf Sackenheim und Friedrich Wertmann, Karl Fred Dahmen, among others. Guest artists were Bernard Schultze und Emil Schumacher. Gruppe 53 quickly became one of the central figures of Informal Art in Germany, and held exhibitions every year at the Düsseldorfer Kunstverein from 1956 to 1959. Gruppe 53 was dissolved in 1959, when Otto Piene and Heinz Mack left to start the group ZERO.

ALW, HR

Images: Images of the invitation and all other archival documents on this page are part of the online collection of Archiv der Avantgarden, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.

Albert FürstGerhard HoehmeHeinz MackOtto PienePeter BrüningPierre Restany


GRUPPE 53, CATALOGUE


Espaces Imaginaires by Pierre Restany, published on occasion of the exhibition Espaces Imaginaires that opened on January 25, 1957 at Galerie H. Kamer in Paris. With works by the painters Bellegarde, Bertini, Brüning, Halpern, Hundertwasser and the sculptor Delahaye.