Through cooperation with the chinese artists Professor Liu Kemin and Professor Yin Jia I learnd basic contents about chinese art.
I am fascinated by the fact, that "realistic art" and "abstract art" were not in an opposite position in China like it had been in Europe in the last century, because Chinese lettering developed from cave painting, so Chinese letters are at least very abstract paintings. And the way, how Chinese letters developed from art, I had the idea to go now the opposite way and to transform a Chinese letter back to artwork again.
The Chinese character for "human being" is "Ren", which consists of only two brush strokes. This I included into paintings I did in China at my first stay at the end of the eighties ("Shanghai", "Hong Kong").
Chinese cities impressed me because of the futurism with multi-storeyed buildings and elevated roads, which is not similar in Europe (excluded suburbs in Paris), so I developed an abstract way to express this in my paintings. Because in future there will be more people living in cities than in the countryside, the topic of urbanization of our planet is my favourite subject.
The final result of my impressions in China is the sculpture "ren" (on the pictures made out of bronze), which can be used as a guide for a guiding system on the ground of EXPO 2010, for example to be guided from pavilion to metro stations.The direction, the sculpture "Ren" is located you have to go as a pedestrian to reach an important place. So the sculpture is a symbol for mankind anywhere in this world, which changed always (in history and also of course today) its place and is not tired of it. Mobility is one of the most important tasks for a modern society.
My last visits in Shanghai let the idea get born to make a Chinese-German artproject with my partners in Shanghai, to get some of the powerful and positve atmosphere of Shanghai to Hamburg.
1960 in Hamburg, Germany
1983 – 1988
- Shanghai meets Hamburg [Chinator goes EXPO 2010 Shanghai]"
"Here we are", shopping mall "ECE-Billstedt-Center", Hamburg, 13. - 18. 1. 2006
pictures / go shanghai] an exhibition about shanghai-hamburg",
city, the screens and me" objects and paintings at art
"Step to Future" July and August 2004, at MERCADO shopping mall, Hamburg (objects, sculptures and paintings)
"Material metamorphosis" September 2000, at “Karstadt”-department store, Hamburg (objects and paintings)
"Welcome to Mahagonny" Exhibition opened on the 2. 3. 2000, the date of the 100. birthday of Kurt Weill (german composer) in Michaelis-hospital in Hamburg and exhibited in october 2000 in cooperation with Hamburg Opera House when Weill´s opera “Mahagonny” was performed
of art/work art" August 1999, castle of Reinbek,
or the metamorphosis of the material world" April 1999,
"Kominau I and II" 1998 and 1999, participation at community exhibitions of “Aumuehler culture club”
October 1996, gallery "artpiece",
"!Mahagonny!" March 1996, “Coffeshop Toklas”, Hamburg
"Highway to Mahagonny" May 1995, “Coffeshop Gnosa”, Hamburg
"The artificial paradise" October 1993, Finnish seamen church in Hamburg
"Pictures from China" April 1990, “Bar Loretta” in Hamburg, September, 1990 “Coffeeshop Bronx”, Dresden
the city" March 1987, drawing and painting, at YMCA Hamburg,