1949 Bremen-Blumenthal – 2013 Bremen
Norbert Schwontkowski was a northern German painter and storyteller, doing both in a prudent and lucid manner. Schwontkowski’s paintings manage with few details and means to evoke suggestions of a story that has to be further imagined and told. Most of his time and work was invested in his backgrounds, his actual field of experimentation. He applied the paint in thick layers, using iron oxides and linseed oils mixed with colour powder, inks, and earthy materials.
22 March – 25 May 2018
The daily wonderful
Ten years after his last exhibition at Galerie Haas, Norbert Schwontkowski, who died far too early in 2013, will again have an exhibition in Zurich. Various aspects of his work, which remind us of his feeling for and curiosity about the daily miraculous, are the leitmotif of this exhibition. For it is and remains his peculiarity to filter out the unconventional and special from the everyday and to formulate it in a way that often touches on the absurd or surreal.