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Walter Dahn

The exhibition at the Kestner Gesellschaft from 2 March to 28 April presents a new, comprehensive and up-to-date view of the artist's oeuvre. 

Walter Dahn (b. 1954 St.Tönis/Krefeld) is a sampler: musician and artist at the same time, but above all a painter who constantly questions painting with his own means. He draws on slogans from pop, youth and mass culture: Punk, New Wave and Beuys' expanded concept of art come together in his work. Dahn's subjects are nostalgic without being sentimental; they are extatic, intuitive figures - like his music, his pictures are emotionally charged and in constant negotiation. He questions artistic authorship in many ways: He enters into collaborations, appropriates images. Dahn also uses photography or screen printing as a painterly method for the rapid reproduction of images. Although he is one of the most important representatives of the "Neue Wilden," an expressive, spontaneous painting of the 1980s, he repeatedly evades attribution. He was part of the artist group "Mühlheimer Freiheit" in Cologne and master student of Joseph Beuys at the art academy in Düsseldorf. Dahn achieved great fame through his participation in documenta 1982. In recent years, Walter Dahn's work has been rediscovered in a number of places, mainly in connection with the paintings of the 1980s. Walter Dahn has been professor of painting at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Braunschweig since 1995. He lives and works in Cologne.

Event(s): 02.03.2019 to 28.04.2019
Tuesdays  Wednesdays  Fridays  Saturdays  Sundays 
from 11:00 to 18:00 o'clock
02.03.2019 to 28.04.2019
from 11:00 to 20:00 o'clock


  • Goseriede 11
  • 30159 Hannover
There are no events on: 25/12/2018
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