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Paul Thek

Paul Thek was one of the foremost artists of the postwar era. His unique place in art history may perhaps even be compared to that of Joseph Beuys. Like Beuys, Thek extended the concept of the artwork and broadened perceptions of art and life. A deep sense of religion and the belief that art should serve society were a source of both inspiration and strength.

Thek‘s Wax Meat Pieces, Technological Reliquaries and in particular his environments such as The Tomb attracted considerable attention in the USA, where he exhibited widely, as well as in Europe, where he took part in the 1968 documenta 4, the 1972 documenta 5 and the 1976 Venice Biennale.

Beside paintings, drawings and bronces, Thek also made installations and frequently used unconventional materials such as newspapers, sand and plants, at risk of them being ephemeral, and he also liked to operate as part of a collective. —Axel Jablonski

  • 2015

  • 2012

    • Solo Exhibition
      Paul Thek – in Process
      Aug 11

      Kunstmuseum Luzern; Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg; Modern Museet, Stockholm
  • 2011

  • 2010

    • Solo Exhibition
      Paul Thek – Diver, A Retrospective
      Oct 21

      Whitney Museum, New York, USA
  • 2008

    • News
      20 Years // MAI 36 GALERIE // 1988-2008
      Oct 25, 2008
  • 2007

  • 2005

    • Solo Exhibition
      Paul Thek – Paul Thek Luzern 1973/2005
      Jun 11

      Kunstmuseum Luzern, Switzerland
  • 2004

  • 2000

  • 1995

    • Solo Exhibition
      Paul Thek – The wonderful world that almost was
      Jun 03

      Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam; Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin; Fundacio Antoni Tapies, Barcelona; Kunsthalle Zürich/ Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich; MAC, Galeries Contemporaines des Musées de Marseille, Marseilles
  • 1993

  • 1988

    • died in
      New York, USA
      Aug 10

  • 1971

    • Solo Exhibition
      Paul Thek – Pyramid/A Work in Progress
      Jan 01

      Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1969

    • Solo Exhibition
      Paul Thek – The Procession/The Artist's Co-op
      Jan 01

      Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 1967

    • Solo Exhibition
      Paul Thek – The Tomb-Death of a Hippie
      Jan 01

      The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
  • 1933

    • born in
      Brooklyn, New York, USA
      Nov 02


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