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K.H. Hödicke. A Retrospective
18 June until 13 September 2020

Staatliche Graphische Sammlung | Pinakothek der Moderne

In the early 1960s, the painter K. H. Hödicke (born in Nuremberg in 1938) was one of the spokespeople for a small group of impetuous young lateral thinkers who wanted to revolutionise painting. No sooner had German post-war modernism rejoined the international artistic trend towards the abstract than they revolted against this new doctrine with a revival of figurative painting, which had been declared obsolete. The retrospective K. H. Hödicke at the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung München provides an insight into an almost inexhaustible artistic oeuvre. The combination of drawing, painting and sculpture demonstrates that K. H. Hödicke is undoubtedly a modern classic, albeit with a decades-long career that has retained its freshness and relevance.
The young Hödicke arrived in Berlin with his family in 1957. Prior to that, the formative years of his childhood and youth were spent in Munich after the end of the Second World War. Here, the intoxicating palette of colours used by the artists’ group Der Blaue Reiter made a deep impression on him during his many visits to Lenbachhaus. He was also inspired by the discovery of the artistic freedom of the Old Masters in the Pinakothek. These influences provided an artistic maxim that would determine his future work.

Fig.: K. H. Hödicke, Tasse + Apfel im Kreis, 1968, Pencil and collage on paper, 297 x 210 mm, Staatliche Graphische Sammlung München, Gift of H. R. H. Herzog Franz von Bayern 2019, Photo: Staatliche Graphische Sammlung München
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020


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