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„New, intuitive ways of painting“: University Club hosts exhibition by abstract artist Kurt Höffner

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On November 11, 2008, Jacobs University’s university club opens the exhibition „Wege zur Kunst“ (Roads to Art) with works of Kurt Höffner. The artist from Weiterstadt near Darmstadt, who has dedicated himself intensively and continuously to painting not until 1999 and only after retiring from his career as a successful manager in the pharmaceutical industry, will present around 15 large-sized acryl paintings in the tradition of abstract expressionism but also inspired by single outstanding painters like Jackson Pollock. Ursula Staudinger, Dean of Jacobs Center on Lifelong Learning and Institutional Development, will open the exhibition, the artist himself will give an introduction to his works. The Höffner show will be presented unitl December 5, admission to the vernissage and the exhibition is free.

[ Nov 10, 2008

Venue: University Club der Jacobs University | Campus Ring 1 | 28759 Bremen
Time: November 11, 2008, 6.30 p. m.
Exhibition period: November 12 –December 5, 2008
Opening hours: Tue + Wed 5 p. m. – 7 p. m. | Sat + Sun 3 p. m. – 5 p. m.

Kurt Höffner (*1937) seeks to express the freedom of art and creativity, and the process of painting itself. His work shown at Jacobs University is strong in color and formal expression. A wide and diverse spectrum of dynamic surface and colored lines is characteristic for the exhibited paintings. We are pointed to the apparently unfinished state of Höffner’s art. “I am looking intuitively for new twists and turns in painting”, the artist explains. “I am not to be easily labeled because I do not want to be restricted by one singular formal language of expression. To me, there are many ways and long ways round to a visual result.” Since 1999 Kurt Höffner has shown his paintings in more than a dozen successful solo and group exhibitions, in companies, banks and galleries.

Vita Kurt Höffner:
born in Hattingen / Ruhr

1952 - 1960
Apprenticeship as merchant
Employed by Thyssen/Krupp in Hattingen and in Essen

1960 - 1980
Junior merchant at Wella AG in Darmstadt
Consultancy at TEAM advertising agency in Düsseldorf (BBDO)
Marketing Management at Richardson-Merrell GmbH (Wick Pharma) in Groß-Gerau

1980 - 1998
Executive Board / Managing Director of Much AG in Bad Soden
Division Manager ASTA Medica AG in Frankfurt

since April 1999
Freelance artist in Weiterstadt near Darmstadt

2001 - 2002
International summer academy of arts in Hamburg

European academy of arts in Trier

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Author: Kristin Beck

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