Sale: 529 / Post War / Contemporary Art, June 10. 2022 in Munich Lot 212

 

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Karl Horst Hödicke
Ampelsprung. Der Kapitalist zeigt freudig erregt Max Ernst Berlin, 1985.
Acrylic on canvas
Estimate:
€ 25,000 / $ 29,000
Sold:
€ 45,000 / $ 52.200

(incl. surcharge)
Ampelsprung. Der Kapitalist zeigt freudig erregt Max Ernst Berlin. 1985.
Acrylic on canvas.
Verso signed, dated and titled. 200 x 290 cm (78.7 x 114.1 in).
[AR].
• Berlin is a key theme in K. H. Hödicke's oeuvre, it sort of made him a quirky chronicler of modern big city life.
• K.H. Hödicke is considered a pioneer of German Neo-Expressionism and an important representative of New Figuration.
• His works can be found at, among others, the Städel Museum in Frankfurt am Main, the Berlinische Galerie and the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich.
• In 1977 the artist participated in documenta 6 and in 1990 in the Venice Biennial
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PROVENANCE: Galerie Folker Skulima, Berlin.
Private collection Belgium.
Private collection Southern Germany.

LITERATURE: Christie's London, Contemporary Art, auction 4892, December 3, 1992, lot 90 (with color illu. on p. 130).

K. H. Hödicke, born in Nuremberg in 1938, came to Berlin in 1957. In the years that followed, the big city became one of his most important pictorial themes. Be it the sky over Schöneberg, the cobblestone streets, well-known monuments such as the Brandenburg Gate or the shop windows and neon lights of the modern city: Berlin is always present and inspires the artist to create new works and series of pictures. The "Ampelsprung" also seems to be a typical street scene, in which a man moves between the traffic lights and street signs of the big city. With his wide, slightly demonic smile, a hat, walking cane and a conspicuous white glove, he draws everyone's attention. Only then does the view fall on the indicated figure in the background, who is wearing a dress and bow tie. Her head shows no human features, but is vaguely reminiscent of a bird. The urban scenery, which is initially so harmless and easy to classify, begins to change more and more into a bizarre world inhabited by questionable characters. The subtitle of the work is "Happily excited, the capitalist shows Max Ernst Berlin". He provides clues as to who the characters are, such as the bird as Max Ernst's alter ego, and makes substantive allusions without providing a solution, which is true for many of Hödicke's works: "A lot remains puzzling and vague, and it is precisely this lack of clarity that constitutes one of the central qualities of his work. Enriched with art-historical cross-references and carnivalesque figures, wondrous associations emerge (..)" (Clemens Klöckner, Kasper in der Großstadt, quoted from: K.H. Hödicke. Malerei, Skulptur, Film, Munich 2013, p. 94) The "Ampelsprung" shows exemplary that Berlin is not just a recurring motif. In the large-format works from the 1980s, he uses seemingly everyday scenarios to develop multi-layered pictorial worlds with a humorous look and strong colors that capture the eye and finally leave the viewer with a lasting impression of the idiosyncratic inhabitants of the Berlin city. [AR]



212
Karl Horst Hödicke
Ampelsprung. Der Kapitalist zeigt freudig erregt Max Ernst Berlin, 1985.
Acrylic on canvas
Estimate:
€ 25,000 / $ 29,000
Sold:
€ 45,000 / $ 52.200

(incl. surcharge)