We will never forget our friend, the photographer and conceptual artist Heinz-Günter Mebusch (1952 – 2001).
Mebusch was a unique combination of a deeply sensitive and empathic person and a visionary artist. On the traditional basis of subjective photography of his teacher Otto Steinert, he created an extensive photographic and multimedia work. Respected and worldwide known i.a. through his epochal portraitures with about 250 significant artists of his time, his work became at last part of art history. Mebusch, the globetrotter, admonisher and communicator of various worlds, died very early, but remains forever in memory.
In 2015, the object maker and photographer Vera Isler-Leiner (* 1931) joined us for many years as a friend an inspiring artist. She was an absolutly impressive and extraordinary person. Of Jewish origin and survivor of the mass murder of the Nazis, she was at home in Switzerland, but lived and worked in New York. Characteristic for Isler’s multi-facetted oeuvre are self-contained artistic and thematic creative phases. Between 1978 and 1984 she dealt extensively with objects and Reliefs on the subject of genetics and genetic research. Later she moved to photography. At the center of Vera Isler’s photographic work has been portrait photography since the 1990s, which brought her international recognition. Inspired by Heinz-Günter Mebusch, she developed her own style, creating large-scale portraits of famous artists consistently in their own environment. At the age, she rejuvenated anothermvery fresh group of works with video and stills: Bits + Pieces, where she set people of the infamous 42nd Street in New York a monument before it was cleaned on the orders of the former mayor, Rudolph Giuliani.
Wolfgang Siemens, a great neo expressionist artist, we have accompanied for several years, died in February 2016.
Scion of the famous Siemens-family, he studied under Friedrich Vordemberge and Karl Marx at the Kölner Werkschulen, where he had lectured later on himself. He got widely known by exhibitions at the Kölner Josef-Haubrich Kunsthalle, and further solo exhibitions in NYC, Paris, Morocco. In 1986 he had destroyed his paintings to start again in 1990 with new painting. A comprehensive insight into his work and his life conveys the monograph: Siemens – Der Maler/ The Painter, Cologne 2000.
Our friend, the English artist and photographer John Constantin Brancusi Moore (* 1934), died in his home near Paris in November 2016. Son of the famous artist Constantin Brancusi and the wonderful concert pianist and assistant to Brancusi Vera Moore, they created him as a ‘child of art’. He inherited his father in the passion for photography and art-technology. Never recognised officially by the titan born at Hobita, Gorj County, Moore lived in France with the still living memory of the times passing by. As a very close friend of Alain Bernadain he worked e.g. for and inspired the famous cabaret Crazy Horse.
On 16th February 2017 our friend, the Greek artist Jannis Kounellis, one of the leading figures of the Arte Povera movement, died in Rome’s Villa Mafalda hospital.
Born in Piraeus, Greece in 1936, the artist moved to Rome at the age of 20 to study at the Academy of Fine Arts and considered the Eternal City his adopted home, where he continued to live and work. But he still had his roots in Greece and was connected very deep with his homeland. We honor him and keep him in good memory. Farewell!
Documenta Archive in Kassel presents portrait designs from the series of artists by Heinz Günter Mebusch (1952 -2001) by Joseph Beuys, Wolf Vostell, Meret Oppenheim, Gerhard Richter and many other important artists of the 20th century who had participate at Documenta. Mebusch further developed the subjective photography of his teacher Otto Steinert (1915-1978) and established a new view on art.
.Mebusch was well-known to over 200 artists of his time and later he realized a conceptual work in which the question “what is art” started on a new level in confrontation between him, his portrayed artist and his art and the viewer. The Work of Heinz-Günter Mebusch is administrated and supervised by Artforum Culture Foundation I The Mebusch Estate.