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Uwe Lausen and Heide Stolz. An Artist Couple of the 1960s.
19 June – 18 October 2020

Staging, provocation, breaking taboos, violence - the works of the artist couple Uwe Lausen and Heide Stolz are without equivalent in the 1960s. They were created at a time when a new generation was reckoning with traditional conventions with unprecedented vehemence.

Uwe Lausen was born in Stuttgart (1941-1970), Heide Stolz (1939-1985) grew up in Kupferzell. They met in Munich, became a couple, founded a family, and created an artistic oeuvre, each for himself and in exchange with each other, that is characterized by the contradiction to post-war society.

Themes they address in their works are social inequalities and society's denial of recent German history. The photographs of Heide Stolz and the paintings and works on paper of Uwe Lausen tell of the role of the individual in the changing social context of the Federal Republic of the 1960s, but also of artistic exchange and mutual influence.

Influenced by Pop Art as well as by the aesthetics of the New German Cinema, Heide Stolz and Uwe Lausen found a clear, sharp and unmistakable visual language that has lost none of its topicality, either formally or thematically.

The aim of the exhibition is to reveal the references between the two artists and at the same time to demonstrate the independent individual quality of Heide Stolz's photographs. The photographer has hardly been exhibited so far, which does not do justice to her work. 

Uwe Lausen's works were already purchased by the state of Baden-Württemberg during the artist's lifetime, and the Staatsgalerie has expanded this collection over the years. In addition to works on paper, the holdings include five paintings alone. With the works from its own holdings and loans from German museums and private collections, the exhibition will feature a total of approximately 30 paintings and 30 works on paper by Lausen, as well as more than 40 photographs by Heide Stolz.

The exhibition is a collaboration with Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz - Museum Gunzenhauser, where it will be on view from Nov. 15, 2020 - Feb. 7, 2021.

With the kind support of

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