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Lot 96: Markus Lüpertz, Das Grundgesetz, Bronze Sculpture, 2013
20 October 2016
Berlin, Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
Bronze, painted red, and deluxe edition of ‘Das Grundgesetz’ illustrated by the artist
Markus Lüpertz (b. 1941) – Major German contemporary painter, sculptor and graphic artist
The bronze sculpture with punched monogram ‘ML’ and punched numbering ‘145/950’ on the plinth
Cast by Schmäke, Düsseldorf (foundry mark)
The book numbered ‘145’ in black felt-tip pen on a typographic label on the inner back board
Half-leather binding (synthetic leather) with top-edge gilt, with 19 offset reproductions after paintings by the artist as fold-out plates, 128 pages
Published by Faksimile Verlag, Gütersloh/Munich
Dimensions of the bronze sculpture: 36 x 16 x 10 cm; book dimensions: 45 x 32.5 x 4.5 cm
In dealing with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Germany Markus Lüpertz created in 2012 large-scale paintings for each of the 19 fundamental rights. Reproductions of these paintings illustrate in this edition with elaborately designed fold-out plates the 19 fully printed articles of the fundamental rights. There is also an essay by Peter Sloterdijk and Federal President Richard von Weizsäcker’s speech from 3 October 1990 as an epilogue. Supplemented is this edition by a bronze sculpture that shows a human torso in Lüpertz’ typical archaic design vocabulary.
The red painted bronze sculpture as well as the book are in overall very good condition with only minor signs of use to the book.
Markus Lüpertz (b. 1941)
Markus Lüpertz, born in Reichenberg in 1941, is one of the most important contemporary German artists. His work has been influencing the German art for over 50 years. Lüpertz' artistic career began in the 1960s, when he moved to Berlin and where he was co-founder of the cooperative gallery ‘Großgörschen 35’ together with other artists of the West Berlin Bohème. In the 1970s he became a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe and was appointed director of the Düsseldorf Academy of Art from 1988 to 2009. At the same time Lüpertz was extremely productive and constantly developed his own style. He was influenced by legends of the ancient world, literature, art history and history, in particular German history of the 20th century, which he processed in some of his cycles. Moreover, Lüpertz was engaged deeply with sculpture. Lüpertz stylized himself as a ‘painter-prince’ and genius. Lüpertz received numerous honors and awards. He was awarded the Villa Romana Prize in 1970, and the prize of the German Critics Association in 1971. His works are included in collections of major international art museums such as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, as well as the Museo de Bellas Artes in Bilbao. (fea)
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