60 Years of Wolfgang Klaehn

German Consulate General

New York City

Curated by Caroline Taylor

March 4 - 30, 2014


Wolfgang Klaehn devotes himself to the deliberation of human existence. Throughout 60 years of paintings, the artist pondered the cyclical nature of life – birth, death, resurrection, and rebirth. His curiosity originates from the study of the biological cell as a teenager; the universal questions Klaehn confronts in his explorations prove his work timeless yet contemporary. 

The cell – clearly depicted in the artist’s early paintings, develops into organic, intervowen structures as his oeuvre matures. With the introduction of the human figures into his work, Klaehn simultaneously painted landscapes – the often present shape of the arc also representing the recurrent nature of life