Markus Lüpertz

*1941 in Reichenberg/Bohemia

The artist Markus Lüpertz, born in Reichenberg, Bohemia, is one of the most important German artists of the post-war period. Contrary to the artistic zeitgeist that prevailed at the time, he concentrated on representational art and gave his figurative motifs an unexpected emotionality with expressive colors and passionate shapes, making him one of the greatest representatives of neo-expressionism alongside Georg Baselitz and Anselm Kiefer.

Although Lüpertz has dedicated himself to painting since the early 1960s, he is always looking for new forms of expression and techniques. In addition to painting, he also works with various printing processes, creates stained glass for church windows and devotes himself to bronze sculpture and stage design.

Exhibitions (selection)

1968 first exhibition in the Michael Werner Gallery, Cologne
1973 Overview of works in the State Art Gallery Baden-Baden
1982 Participation in documenta 7, Kassel
1991 Retrospective from 1963 to 1990, Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid
1996 Markus Lüpertz, paintings – sculptures in the NRW art collection, Düsseldorf
2009/2010 main routes and side routes. A retrospective. Pictures and sculptures from 1963 to 2009 in the Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn
2010 Markus Lüpertz. Metamorphoses of world history in the Albetina, Vienna
2019/2020 Markus Lüpertz. About the art of the picture in the Haus der Kunst, Munich

In addition to this small selection, Markus Lüpertz was and is represented in numerous other national and international individual and group exhibitions.


From an early age, Lüpertz’s life path was characterized by provocation, diversity and unexpected twists and turns. He initially began a few apprenticeships, studied art school in Krefeld and worked in coal and road construction. He also canceled his commitment to the French Foreign Legion after a short time and was expelled from the Düsseldorf Art Academy after just one semester. However, this bumpy start to his career gradually changed when he moved from Düsseldorf to West Berlin in 1962. There he met numerous artists and was able to concentrate entirely on his work and his turn to figuration. After eight years of productive work, he was finally honored by the Villa Romana for his work and this award was followed by other prizes and exhibitions. The artist also received professorships at the State Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe, the Düsseldorf Art Academy and the Academy of Fine Arts at the Alte Spinnerei, and the national and international recognition for his art and the co-founding of neo-expressionism continues to this day.