ADRIAN GHENIE
Within just a few years, Adrian Ghenie has made it to the forefront of the international art world. His special interest is the gap between great, "objective" history and subjective memory. The paintings are of great tactile and material appeal: painting becomes visible as painting.
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ANNETTE MESSAGER
Since the early 1970s, the French artist has critically examined the role of women in her work. Her personal cosmos of images is as playful as it is profound, as poetic as it is oppressive.
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ANSELM KIEFER
Born at the end of the war, Anselm Kiefer has been pursuing the goal of raising awareness since the 1970s, in an intensive examination of German history and an ambiguous treatment of taboo content.
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AUGUST MACKE UND FRANZ MARC
August Macke and Franz Marc were connected by a close friendship, which is one of the special events of the art of the 20th century, not only in human, but also in artistic terms.
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CASPAR DAVID FRIEDRICH
Caspar David Friedrich was born in Greifswald on 5 September 1774, the sixth of ten children. The old Hanseatic city on the Baltic Sea had around five thousand inhabitants at the time and had belonged to the Kingdom of Sweden since the Peace of Westphalia in 1648. Frederick's youth was characterised by his father's strict Protestant beliefs and strokes of fate: he lost his mother at an early age; in 1787, his younger brother Johann Christoffer drowned during Caspar David's rescue from the icy Greifswald moat.
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GERMAINE KRULL
Germaine Krull led an unconventional, nomadic life of adventure. Her extraordinary photographs of technical buildings and industrial plants catapulted her to the forefront of the international photo avant-garde, the New Vision movement.
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GERT UND UWE TOBIAS
In the works of the twin brothers, who have lived in Germany since 1985, supposedly mythical-folkloric motifs from their homeland Transylvania meet with set pieces of Art Brut and form a cross-over together with ciphers of pop culture and street art.
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GUSTAVE COURBET
No other artist, especially in the prudish 19th century, dared such drastic realism and the associated breaking of taboos as Gustave Coubert. His most famous painting, L'Origine du monde, was for a long time the epitome of an art scandal.
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HILMA AF KLINT
Hilma af Klint's 2019 solo show is the most visited exhibition ever at the Guggenheim Museum in New York: it is the spectacular rediscovery of the pioneer of abstract painting.
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IMRAN QURESHI
Imran Qureshi is considered one of the most important representatives of the art scene in Pakistan. He combines motifs and ornaments of the Mughal tradition with conceptual thinking and contemporary abstract painting.
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JAKOB STRAUB
At the intersection of graphic design, photography and typography, Jakob Straub creates outstandingly beautiful books.
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JANET CARDIFF & GEORGE B. MILLER
For around two decades, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller have succeeded in transporting the viewer into perfectly simulated, emotional spaces of experience. Despite their sometimes strong visuality, even pictorial power, the multimedia works of the artist couple address our sense of hearing in particular.
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JIMMIE DURHAM
Jimmie Durham, a descendant of North American Cherokee Indians, was active in the Texas civil rights movement in the 1960s. Since his move to Europe in 1994, his work has focused on nature and culture, religion and architecture. The material stone plays a central role in the work of the artist, writer and former political activist.
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JOAN JONAS
Joan Jonas is a pioneer of performance and video art. In the early 1960s, she developed her first happenings, in which she used the female body naked or dressed as "sculptural material" in space and used mirrors to scan, fragment, and reflect.
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LINA BO BARDI
The great unknown - until now a fundamental (architectural) historical reappraisal has been lacking, but the power of Lina Bo Bardi's remarkable buildings and the significance of her search for a Brazilian architecture of modernism remains unbroken, even decades later.
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MATTEO THUN
Matteo Thun is one of Italy's most renowned architects and a style-defining interior and product designer. A typical representative of the Milan School and co-founder of the Memphis Group.
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MERET OPPENHEIM
The "Fur Cup" established the fame of Meret Oppenheim in 1936, who joined the Surrealists in Paris. In her work she took on the special position of the "female artist" - she is one of the most important artists of the 20th century.
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PAUL GAUGUIN
While Gauguin was unable to find his longed-for paradise in life, he succeeded in putting his ideal vision of an unspoiled world on canvas - with bright colors and elemental forms that revolutionized art.
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PETER DOWNSBROUGH
Peter Downsbrough is one of the important personalities of the New York art scene who participated in the development of Conceptual Art from Minimal Art in the late 1960s. He consistently questioned the traditional object-like character of the work, which led him to radically simplified sculptures and spatial interventions.
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ROMAN ONDÁK
The starting point of Roman Ondák's subtle, almost poetic conceptual art are everyday situations. Minimal shifts in the everyday are his central stylistic device for shaking up the audience's expectations and questioning conventions - including those of the art business.
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SEAN SCULLY
Sean Scully is considered one of the most important painters of our time, who drove the discussion of abstract painting of the present like no other artist.
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SIBYLLE BERGEMANN
Sibylle Bergemann's photos tell of the beautiful and the serious, of the bizarre, the distinctive and the obstinate. Casual-looking composition and a reportage-like, almost cinematic character characterise her views of East Berlin.  After the fall of the Berlin Wall, Bergemann entered a new phase. Black and white now gave way to colour.
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TIM BURTON
He is considered the "master of the fantastic scary trip, the surreal screen spectacle". The films of the American director Tim Burton have cult status, but his visual work is still largely to be discovered.
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