Works on Paper

Albers, Beuys, Ecker, Lenk, Ostermeyer, Penck, Polke, Richter, Rosenbach, Rückriem, Trockel

29.02. - 26.05.2024

The exhibition "Works on Paper" presents drawings of German post-war modernism from a previously unknown private collection.

The sculptor, draughtsman, and printmaker Heinz-Günter Prager began collecting works of art by other artists in the 1960s, mainly on paper, especially drawings by contemporary sculptors. These sheets document central artistic issues of their time.

After the Second World War, artists were looking for new forms of expression free from old world views and convictions. The young generation wanted to try out new perspectives and artistic approaches. They wanted to break with conventional ideas and question traditional pictorial concepts. It meant turning away from figurative representations while at the same time turning to geometric-abstract forms or clarifying the artistic act.

Drawings played a prominent role in this. They no longer merely prepared another piece but were instead perceived as works of art in their own right. They clarified attitudes, expressed criticism, and, above all, enabled artistic self-reflection.

After decades of a close relationship between the artist and the museum, the Germanisches Nationalmuseum acquired this previously unpublished collection in 2023.

Programme for the exhibition

Explore the exhibition on your own or take part in guided tours with curators and artists. There are also family activities and much more.

You are cordially invited to become active yourself and visit the "Experience Drawing" activity room in the exhibition. There you can draw, experiment and make your own artistic experiences. Make a note of 28.04.2024, as the "Experience Drawing" activity day will take place on this day.

We would like to thank the Faber-Castell Academy for supporting our art education work with a generous donation of materials.

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Exhibition Catalog (in print)


Published by Christian Rümelin
Nuremberg 2024,
(in English and German)
ISBN 978-3-86832-777-9

€ 38.00 (bookshop and online shop)
€ 28.50 (museum shop)