Antonius Höckelmann (1937-2000) was one of the most talented and important German artists of his generation. Together with friends/artists such as George Baselitz, A.R. Penck, Markus Lüpertz and Jörg Immendorff, Höckelmann was a pivotal figure in the post-war German art scene that was dedicated to expressive figuration. A quarter of a century ago, Deweer Gallery presented a final solo exhibition of Antonius Höckelmann. In continuation of this, and bolstered by the current revival of art from the 1980s, the idea arose to present you, again, a breath-taking view into Höckelmann’s universe. This exhibition celebrates the German artist by highlighting a particularly unique part of his oeuvre, namely his sculptures, drawings and paintings from the eighties and nineties.
In order to better situate the work of Antonius Höckelmann in 2018, Deweer's art historian Sofie Crabbé travelled to Cologne to conduct research into personal testimonies of persons who were closely acquainted with the artist. She interviewed the former director of the Museum Ludwig, Prof Dr Siegfried Gohr. This German art historian, archaeologist and philosopher wrote several essays and books on Höckelmann's work. In 1980, as director of the Kunsthalle in Cologne, he organised a solo exhibition with work by Höckelmann. The catalogue 'Antonius Höckelmann. Skulpturen, Handzeichnungen' was published to coincide with this exhibition. Ms Crabbé also spoke with art historian Prof. Dr. Manfred Schneckenburger. He was, among others, artistic director of documenta 6 (1977) - in which drawings by Antonius Höckelmann were shown - and documenta 8 (1987), in Kassel.
On the basis of our research, we are now able to present - a quarter of a century later - a contemporary vision of the work of Antonius Höckelmann. We do this through an exhibition and a wide range of quotes and archival material that will be accessible through social media. After all, his work continues to amaze and move us. Do not miss this unique opportunity to (re)discover the versatility and highly artistic quality of Höckelmann's art.