Lothar Wolleh

Artist portraits from the 60s and 70s

27.03.2014 -

At the suggestion of his friend, the painter and object artist Günther Uecker, from 1967 on, Wolleh began to systematically portray a total of over one hundred internationally known painters, sculptors and action artists.

Each recording was preceded by a deep emotional engagement with the respective artist and their work, so that the composition of the picture did not spring from the moment. Formally connecting are the strongly graphic structure, the square format and the integrated black border. In 1970, Wolleh photographed the Filz-TV campaign by Joseph Beuys, which Gerry Schum documented on film. Other projects in 1971 included recordings showing Beuys while his exhibition was being set up at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, as well as the "Unterwasserbuch" (Underwater Book), which was developed in collaboration with the artist in the same year and published in 1973.

Lothar Wolleh, Niki de Saint Phalle, 1970 © Oliver Wolleh

The Kunstmuseum shows a selection of the artist portraits. The exhibition takes place in cooperation with the Roncalli-Haus, Magdeburg. There you can see other works by Lothar Wolleh, which were created 1962-1965 in connection with the 2nd Vatican Council.

Lothar Wolleh 1946 to 1948 studied elementary teaching and figurative painting at the University of Applied Arts in Berlin-Weißensee; 1950 to 1956 imprisonment in the Vorkuta penal camp, USSR; 1956 to 1957 training in the Lette-Verein, Berlin; 1959 to 1961 studied at the Folkwang School of Design in Essen, then freelance advertising photographer in Düsseldorf; From the end of the sixties, the artist portraits and the collaboration with different artists determine his work.