Norbert Schwontkowski Some of my Secrets   21.03. – 02.08.2020

Norbert Schwontkowski: Some of My Secrets

"Some of My Secrets", a major exhibition of Schwontkowski’s work, brings together around eighty paintings and over forty sketchbooks from his estate and from collections in Germany and abroad.

Norbert Schwontkowski applied his inexhaustible pictorial inventiveness both to fundamental questions of the human condition and to the absurdity of daily life. He possessed a virtuoso command of insinuation and the surreal. His humorous images always appear to be poised at the edge of an abyss.

This is the most extensive presentation of his work since the exhibition "Schwontkowski. Kino", which was held 2003-04 at the Kunsthalle Bremen.

Norbert Schwontkowski (1949 – Bremen – 2013) studied painting at the University of the Arts in Bremen and the University of Fine Arts Hamburg. Following teaching positions in Hamburg, Bremen, and Greifswald and a position as a guest lecturer in Braunschweig, he was appointed professor of painting at the University of Fine Arts Hamburg in 2005.

This exhibition is a cooperation between the Kunsthalle Bremen, the Kunstmuseum Bonn (31 October 2019 to 16 February 2020) and the Kunstmuseum Den Haag (October 2020 to spring 2021).

It is accompanied by an extensive catalogue in German and English with essays by Stephan Berg, Christa Bürger, Daniel Koep and Christoph Schreier (ISBN 978-3-86832-527-0 | 38,- Euro).

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