Uwe Lausen's (1941 - 1970) fantastic and disturbing visual worlds are still among the visitor favourites at DASMAXIMUM. It is hard to believe that this artist almost fell into oblivion after his early death in 1970; today he is one of the most important representatives of Pop Art in Germany. He left behind a multi-layered oeuvre that can be seen in no other place as comprensively as at DASMAXIMUM.
Collaboration between the Kunstraum Innsbruck and DASMAXIMUM is now making possible a further intensive look at Lausen's oeuvre. The exhibition draws together more than forty seldom-shown works from DASMAXIMUM's collection and various private collections. The exhibition includes early gestural paintings that came about in the milieu of the artists' groups CoBrA and SPUR, large paintings from the mid-1960s which conceive the body as a mass to be deformed in both a painterly and socio-emotional regard, as well as the late works that are marked by an increasing politicization and critical engagement with German post-war society.
One focus of the exhibition is on the drawings and graphic prints which to date have received little attention — undeservedly, because here Lausen's unbridled imagination and his razor-sharp analysis of social relations are acutely manifest.
September 21 - November 9, 2018.
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