Konrad Klapheck

Work

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Konrad Klapheck was very fortunate to find a supporter of his realistic object painting in his teacher Bruno Goller at the Düsseldorf Kunstakademie, in spite of the predominancy of Informal art of the time. National and international success quickly followed, with exhibitions at prestigious galleries such as Rudolf Zwirner in Essen, Arturo Schwarz in Milan and Ileana Sonnabend in Paris culminating in his first solo exhibition in the USA in New York at Sidney Janis. Konrad Klapheck is best known for his precise and detailed explorations of technical apparatus and everyday objects, including typewriters, sewing machines, water taps, showers, telephones, irons and saws. Influenced by Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray and Max Ernst, Klapheck combines Surrealism and Pop Art in images of trivial technical objects. An important addition to each work is the title, which, often with a humorous wink, lent the depicted object a story and human characteristics. A good example of this is one of the earliest and well-known sewing machine pictures “Die gekränkte Braut” (1957), which Klapheck painted after a temporary separation from his future wife Lilo. In monumentalising and personalising a sewing machine, the painting inherents a fascinating aura.

Vita

1935

Konrad Klapheck is born on 10th February in Düsseldorf

(lives and works in Düsseldorf)

1954

Studies at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in the class of Bruno Goller

1955

First painting with typewriter. Bruno Goller encourages him to paint objects

1960

Klapheck receives a North Rhine-Westphalia art award (Förderpreis des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen). Later he will reject all art prizes and other honors

1979

Professorship at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf

1997

After 42 years Klapheck ends his series dedicated to the object and the machine and he begins a new series of interiors and landscapes with nudes

2009

Klapheck is commissioned to design the official poster for the French Open tennis tournament Roland Garros

2010

Honorary member of the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf

Selected Solo Shows

2019

Konrad Klapheck – Jahn und Jahn, Munich

2017

Konrad Klapheck. Behind the Curtain – Galerie Lelong, Paris

2015

Konrad Klapheck. Das graphische Werk – Versicherungskammer Kulturstiftung, Munich (cat.)

Konrad Klapheck, Zeichnungen und überarbeitete Graphiken – Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich

Klapheck auf Papier – Akademie-Galerie am Burgplatz 1, Düsseldorf

2013

Klapheck. Bilder und Zeichnungen – Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf (cat.)

2009—2010

Klapheck. Swing, Brother, Swing! – Galerie Lelong, Zurich and Paris (cat.)

2007

Konrad Klapheck. Druckgraphik und Gemälde – Kunstverein Ulm, Ulm (cat.)

Konrad Klapheck: Paintings from 1955-1998 – Zwirner & Wirth, New York (cat.)

2006

Menschen und Maschinen. Bilder von Konrad Klapheck – Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, Recklinghausen

2005

Retrospektive – Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain de Strasbourg, Strasbourg (cat.)

2003

Konrad Klapheck. Maschinen und Menschen – Rheinisches Landesmuseum, Bonn

2002

Konrad Klapheck mit Wanda Richter-Forgách. Porträtzeichnungen – Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf (cat.)

1996

Galerie Lelong, Zurich

1994

Central Institute of Fine Arts, Beijing

1993

Edward Thorp Gallery, New York

1990

Galerie Lelong, Zurich and Paris

1985—1986

Konrad Klapheck. Retrospektive 1955–1985 – Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg; Kunsthalle Tübingen, Tübingen; Staatsgalerie Moderner Kunst, Munich (cat.)

1985

Galerie Maeght Lelong, Paris

1977

documenta 6, Kassel

1975

Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels

Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf

1974

Konrad Klapheck. Retrospektive – Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels; Kunsthalle Düsseldorf

1972

Galleria La Medussa, Rome

1969

Sidney Janis Gallery – New York City

1968

documenta 4, Kassel

1966

Konrad Klapheck – Kestner Gesellschaft, Hanover; Von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal

1965

Konrad Klapheck – Galerie Ileana Sonnabend, Paris (cat.)

Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels

1964

Konrad Klapheck. Physiognomien von Gebrauchsgegenständen – Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin

Konrad Klapheck. Paintings – Robert Fraser Gallery, London (cat.)

1962

Galerie Rudolf Zwirner, Essen (cat.) (further presentations until 1977)

1960

Galleria Arturo Schwarz, Milan (cat.) (further presentations until 1972)

1959

Galerie Schmela, Düsseldorf