Klaus Peter Brehmer

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Klaus-Peter Brehmer was a German painter, graphic designer and director. From 1971 to 1997 he was also a professor at the Hamburg University of Fine Arts.
Through his art, Klaus Peter Brehmer expressed his political tendencies and his social and civil commitment

He was born in Berlin on 12 September 1938. He graduated as an engraver at the end of the 1950s. In the following years he studied graphics at the Art Academy Dusseldorf, where he will also work for several years until 1963.

After a year of residency in Paris at the studio of Stanley William Hayter , returns to Berlin and devotes himself to various types of graphics. His folded graphics, stamp series and cinematographic works were produced in this period.

Influenced by Pop Art and the political rebellion of the younger generation of the 1960s, Klaus Peter Brehmer will develop a new form of artistic language that will give greater prominence to material objects as architectural elements or other objects of everyday life.

Thus were born around 1963 the so-called trivial graphics in which "everyday" motifs from advertising and the mass media were depicted, such as naked women, cars or astronauts.

In the mid-1960s, Brehmer began reproducing the stamp, which the artist himself defines as an authoritative organism with a cultural definition of power.

Starting in the mid-1960s, Klaus Peter Brehmer becomes, together with Konrad Lueg, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter and Wolf Vostell, an important representative of the capitalist realism.

In the 1970s, Brehmer elaborated a new group of works, the so-called schematic work, in which colors, maps and statistics were elaborated. In these works, Klaus Peter Brehmer dealt with the interpretation and meaning of color as a symbol (Color Geographies, Ideal Landscape, Color Samples) and created large maps and maps to represent fascism (Hitler's Speech, 1973), the communist threat (Localization of red values, 1972), environmental damage (Skyline)

For the last twenty-five years of his life he devoted himself to teaching. In particular, from 1971 to 1997 he was a professor at the College of Fine Arts of Hamburg, one of the cities that adopted him during his career. In addition, in 1987 and 1988 he was a lecturer at the China Academy of Arts in Hangzhou, another experience that allows him to make himself known internationally

Klaus Peter Brehmer died in Amburo in 1997