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Stephan Dillemuth. Regular 10 Euros. Reduced 5.

Stephan Dillemuth. Regular 10 Euro. Reduced 5.
17  April until 9. September 2018
Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus 

Stephan Dillemuth (*1954) is an artist of many hats. He is a newscaster introducing a video by Stephan Dillemuth; a painter chain smoking while awaiting inspiration; Friedrich Nietzsche grousing about Richard Wagner; and — in his longest running role to date—a professor of art pedagogy at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. The parts that artists play in society and the art system are the crux of the artist and teacher’s work who is based in Bad Wiessee and Munich.
Employing an open-ended research method which he terms 'bohemistic,' he delves into various forms of artistic life including the German life reform movement, Munich's Bohemia of the penultimate turn of the century and the institution of the art school in order to unearth their meaning and potential.
When still an art student at the Art Academy in Dusseldorf, Dillemuth based his first paintings on regionally specific kitsch such as postcard motifs of couples
and kids in traditional dress. The Gallery of Beauties of Schloss Nymphenburg in Munich, painted by Joseph Karl Stieler for King Ludwig the First of Bavaria and
comprised of more than thirty portraits of “beautiful” women, proved useful for Dillemuth as well. In 1985, he repainted all of them under the auspices of punk and hence at a time when conceptions of what was beautiful or ugly were turned upside down. Juggling with these extant aesthetic categories, he chose a subject that had the attendant effect of deflating the pathos of male identity that German neoexpressionist painting had come to stand for.


Public Guided Tours (in German)
Tuesday, April 24, June 19, July 17 and August 28, 2018, each starting at 6pm
Sunday, April 22, May 20, June 10, July 1 and 29, August 19, 2018, each starting at 2pm

figs.: Stephan Dillemuth The Pleasures Of Now, 2016 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018 and Stephan Dillemuth Alraune from the series non-functional requirements, 2015 © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018.


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