Heinz-Günter Mebusch

We will never forget our friend, the photographer and conceptual artist Heinz-Günter Mebusch (1952 - 2001). Mebusch was a unique personality of a deeply sensitive and empathic character 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.

 

Vera Isler-Leiner

In 2015, the object maker and photographer Vera Isler-Leiner (* 1931) joined us for many years as a friend and 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 and lived and worked as well 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 started again a very fresh group of works with video and stills: Bits + Pieces, where she set folks New York's  infamous 42nd Street  a lasting monument before it was "cleaned" on the orders of the former mayor, Rudolph Giuliani.

 

Jannis Kounellis

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 Kassel

Documenta Archiv Kassel #3

Reise zum Planeten Ars
Künstlerportraits von Heinz-Günter Mebusch

Documenta Archive in Kassel presents photos from the series of artists by Heinz-Günter Mebusch (1952 - 2001). Portraits of Joseph Beuys, Wolf Vostell, Meret Oppenheim, Gerhard Richter and many other important artists of the 20th century who had participate at Documenta are exhibited during the summer in the time of 07.06 - 03.08.2018. On 30.07.2018 a guided tour is offered.

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. Mebusch further developed the subjective photography of his teacher Otto Steinert (1915-1978) and established a new view on art.

The Work of Heinz-Günter Mebusch is administrated and supervised by Artforum Culture Foundation I The Mebusch Estate.