Karl Otto Götz

Biography

Born in Aachen 1914 K. O. Götz is still one of the most important artists of international so-called "Informel painting". In the early 1930s his artistic beginnings were characterized by expressionism and surrealism, in particular the works of Max Ernst , Juan Gris, Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee were affecting idols. Mainly small-scale woodcuts and so-called "splash images " originated, which, although still partially having figurative elements, due to their structure, already anticipated Informel structures . From 1952 Götz worked purely Informel and presented in the same year, together with Bernard Schultze, Otto Greis and Heinz Kreutz, an exhibition at Gallery Franck (Frankfurt, Germany) under the title "Neuexpressionisten". During this exhibition, where Goetz showed his very last oil paintings, the four painters merged to the significant group “Quadriga”, which is considered as the "nucleus " of the German Informal today.

The images are the result of intensive meditation, they are followed by spontaneous, impulsive decisions on the thin line between success and failure . Since this discovery, the artist created his works not only in minutes, but also used as the first painter different size blades, which created his unique, distinctive style.

Gallery Exhibitions

K.O. Götz, Samuelis Baumgarte Galerie, 20.11.2013 - 24.11.2013, Cologne Fine Art 2013

K.O.Götz at "Wichtige Positionen des deutschen Informel", Samuelis Baumgarte Galerie, 29.04.2013 - 21.06.2013, Wichtige Positionen des deutschen Informel

Museum Exhibitions

K.O. Götz, 11.07.2014 - 12.10.2014, Museum Wiesbaden

K.O. Götz - Retrospektive zum 100. Geburtstag - Werke aus der Sammlung Hennemann, 04.07.2014 - 24.08.2014, Siebengebirgsmuseum der Stadt Königswinter

Hommage à K.O. Götz, 23.03.2014 - 17.08.2014, Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf

K.O. Götz, 21.03.2014 - 15.06.2014, Museum Küppersmühle

K.O. Otto Götz, 02.02.2014 - 04.05.2014, Suermondt-Ludwig Museum, Aachen

K.O. Götz zum 100. Geburtstag, 13.12.2013 - 02.03.2014, Neue Nationalgalerie und Hamburger Bahnhof-Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin

WELTREISE. Kunst aus Deutschland unterwegs, 26.10.2013 - 01.03.2014, ZKM, Karlsruhe

A time of gifts / Die Zeit der Gaben, 01.03.2013 - 19.05.2013, Märkisches Museum, Witten

Bilderbedarf - Braucht Gesellschaft Kunst?, 20.10.2012 - 17.02.2013, Kunsthalle Baden-Baden

Im Netzwerk der Moderne - Will Grohmann, 27.09.2012 - 06.01.2013, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden

CoBrA international. Momente einer Utopie, 23.06.2012 - 06.01.2013, Museum für aktuelle Kunst, Durbach

Zauberspiegel: Die Sammlung nach 1945, 23.06.2012 - 26.08.2012, Kunsthalle Bremen

Götz, Hoehme, Sonderborg - Arbeiten auf Papier, 04.07.2010 - 24.10.2010, Museum Kurhaus KleveMuseum Kurhaus Kleve

K.O. Otto Götz – In Erwartung blitzschneller Wunder, 28.03.2010 - 08.08.2010, Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Remagen Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Remagen