Norbert Tadeusz

Showing around 40 paintings and works on paper, the Kunstpalast presents the first museum exhibition in Düsseldorf for nearly 30 years dedicated to Norbert Tadeusz (1940-2011).

29 August 2019 - 2 February 2020

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The Dortmund-born artist studied with Joseph Beuys at the Art Academy Düsseldorf and soon stood out with his figurative and figural painting, which clearly distinguished his work from the conceptual, minimalist or abstract approaches of fellow students such as Imi Knoebel, Blinky Palermo, Reiner Ruthenbeck or Katharina Sieverding.

Tadeusz had a strong formative influence on the Düsseldorf art scene with his idiosyncratic style of painting. His at times drastic depictions in his often large-scale pictures invariably leave a strong impression on the viewer. Tadeusz shows objects from unusual angles, and his figures are often depicted in extreme postures. The formal structure of his paintings and watercolours often incorporates elements of abstract colour field painting. The exhibition is realised in close collaboration with the artist’s estate.

Curator: Kay Heymer




Norbert Tadeusz | Nighthawks, 1972, oil on canvas, 250 x 200 cm, private possession, © Norbert Tadeusz estate / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019, photo: artist’s estate