Paul Thek

Tales the Tortoise Taught Us

Paul Thek (1933 – 1988) is the epitome of an ‘artist’s artist’ whose influence extends through to recent generations. This comprehensive exhibition comprising over 300 works and ranging across all periods of his artistic creativity, is concerned with the phenomenal influence his work continues to exert on contemporary art and his historical significance: from legendary outsider to the central figure of an art movement.

In their anti-heroic diversity and multimediality, and with their references to art, literature, and religion, his works (painting, photography, video, sculpture and installations) are among the central sources for the revolt and eruption of art in the 1960s. Published to accompany the exhibition at ZKM Karlsruhe and Sammlung Falckenberg Hamburg in 2008.

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