*1929 Düsseldorf – 1970 Ratingen
As a central figure in the history of German art in the 1950s and 60s, Brüning left an extraordinarily diverse and ground-breaking work, decisively shaping the artistic new beginning after the war. Brüning was one of the initiators, pioneers and bearers of the intellectual climate of the fifties, in which the legendary “Düsseldorf art scene” developed. Born in Düsseldorf in 1929, he held a professorship for free painting at the Düsseldorf Art Academy since 1969, and he can almost be regarded as an integrator in this scene.
24 January – 22 March 2019
Paintings & Works on Paper
Peter Brüning would have turned 90 in 2019. In retrospect of the artist, who died early in the prime of his years, one must involuntarily think of the phenomenon of his early artistic development, which at the end of 1970 came to a sudden conclusion, but as a whole was completed in a very special way: in their consistency, visual inventiveness and spiritual intensity.
“When one thinks of the artist Peter Brüning, who died in the prime of his years, one must also think automatically of a phenomenon of artistic development that quickly received great acclaim – an artistic development characterized by logical. consistency, pictorial ingenuity, and spiritual intensity, which found its abrupt end in late 1970s, but as a whole, in a remarkable way, appears perfected and oddly cohesive.”