Wolfgang Oppermann – Unknown title


Lithograph by Wolfgang Oppermann (1937 – 2001)

  • Year: 1973
  • State: Excellent condition
  • Total dimensions: 76,5 x 56 cm (unframed)
  • Dimensions art: 76,5 x 56 cm (unframed)
  • Signed: Yes, in pencil (lower right corner)
  • Numbered: 50/100 (lower left corner)

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Wolfgang Oppermann studied from 1959 to 1962 at the Hamburg University of Fine Arts with Walter Peterhans and Georg Gresko. From 1962 to 1969 he taught graphic techniques in Hamburg under Paul Wunderlich. In 1966 and 1967 Oppermann was a guest at the Villa Massimo in Rome. In 1968 he was a founding member of the CO-OP artist cooperative Hamburg. Since 1978 he taught at his place of study, the HfbK in Hamburg; there he was head of the screen printing workshop.

Oppermann has been painting figurative portraits since the 1960s, which he alienated surreally with geometric, biometric or technical elements or insets. In their signet-like form, the motifs are reminiscent of works by the German-American pop artist Richard Lindner. For this purpose, Oppermann further developed the printing technique lithography, in which he printed a large number of his motifs and which were published by Dieter Brusberg in Hanover:

“The primary subject of my work is the human figure. I prefer the suggestive formulation to the demonstrative. I regard technical precision as a legitimate means of expressing my intentions… Because of its precise legibility, the geometry has become the defining formal element for me. Freehand drawing is only preliminary; I use it as a means of fixing an idea. I achieve compression and greater intensity of the line by using curved lines.”

Since the 1970s he has been designing three-dimensional objects, including kinetic ones. 1978 and 1979 saw the production of “ICH AM KUNSTMALER”, a sound film (Super 8, 35 min.), with a.o. Dieter Roth, Gotthard Graubner, Meret Oppenheim, Henry Piper, Dietrich Helms. In a 1986 catalog text, he described the reasons why he switched from the kinetic object to the medium of film:

“Objects were created for this purpose, but over time they gained such a life of their own that, decoupled from the original intention, they could stand on their own. Here I found an approach to contrast the moving image of the film with a scenario that, not reduced to a fixed duration, can have a permanent presence.”


Solo exhibitions

1965: Orangery in Eutin Castle
1966: Gallery Brusberg
1968: 14 × 14, Kunsthalle Baden-Baden
1970: Art Association Mannheim
1998: Kampnagel Factory, Hamburg
2007: Anna and Wolfgang Oppermann, Ostholstein Museum, Eutin
2011: Wolfgang Oppermann Saasfee Pavilion, Frankfurt am Main; also 2013 flat work
2012: Right so!, acoustic-kinetic installation and exhibition, Hamburg University of Fine Arts

Group exhibitions

1963: Kunsthalle Baden-Baden
1966: Musische Geometry, Kunstverein Hannover
1967: Villa Massimo
1967: Drawings from the last 20 years, Kunstverein Hannover
1967: 5th Paris Biennale
1968: Biennale Internationale d’estampe, Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris
1970: Master of Printmaking in German Art of the 20th Century, Kunstverein Hamburg
1975: Body Language, Frankfurter Kunstverein (also: Haus am Waldsee, Berlin)
1976: Artist marriages, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe
1992: Right so!, acoustic-kinetic installation and exhibition, Hamburg University of Fine Arts
2014: German Pop, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt am Main


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