*1947 Wittenberg/Elbe – lives in Hamburg

Gustav Kluge is a loner. Disregarding trends and movements in art, for 40 years he has been working on his oeuvre, which can be described as heavy, gloomy, contemplative, and uncompromising in its manner of expression. The artist is interested in the interactions between the fundamental conditions of human existence and prevailing social relations. The essence of Kluge’s works is trying to capture the creative process in material. The physical and intellectual genesis of his works is manifest for the viewer. Kluge grew up in Hanover and, following his stint of military service, he studied until 1972 at the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg under Gotthard Graubner, among others. In 1974, he co-founded an art gallery there called Produzentengalerie, where he exhibited his works regularly from 1977. After two years working as a secondary school teacher, he was employed as an assistant at the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg (1978–1985). It was not until 1985, when he was in his 40s, that Kluge established himself as a freelance artist. From 1996 to 2014, Kluge was a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe.


Solo exhibtions (selection)

2019 Spendhaus, Reutlingen, Museum Lothar Fischer, Neumarkt | 2018 Horst-Janssen-Museum Oldenburg | 2016 Galerie in der Stadtscheune Otterndorf | 2014 Produzentengalerie Hamburg, Hamburg | 2013 Kunstverein Wilhelmshöhe Ettlingen e. V., Ettlingen | 2012 Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen | 2011 Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin | 2007 Galerie Haas AG, Zurich | 2006 Galerie Haas & Fuchs, Berlin | Kunsthalle Bremerhaven, Bremerhaven | 2005 Galerie Marie-José van de Loo, München | 2002 Klemens & Tanja Grundert Inc., New York | 2000/2001 Kunsthalle Rostock; Städtisches Museum Leverkusen Schloß Morsbroich; Städtisches Museum Spendhaus Reutlingen; Kunstverein Göttingen | 1999 Galerie Haas & Fuchs, Berlin | 1997/1998 Kunsthalle zu Kiel; Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe | 1997 Hamburger Kunsthalle; Städtische Galerie Moderner Kunst, Munich | 1996 Kunstverein Göttingen | 1995 Städtisches Kunstmuseum Spendhaus Reutlingen | 1994 Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin | 1993 Kunstverein Herford | 1992 Saarlandmuseum Saarbrücken | Galerie Rudolf Zwirner, Cologne | 1991 Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin | 1990 Akira Ikeda Gallery Nagoya, Japan | 1989 Galerie Rudolf Zwirner, Cologne | 1987/1988 Bonner Kunstverein; Kunstverein in Hamburg; Badischer Kunstverein Karlsruhe | 1987 Kunstverein Göttingen | 1986 Galerie Rudolf Zwirner, Cologne | Spendhaus Reutlingen; Oldenburger Kunstverein | 1984 Kunsthalle Hamburg | 1983 Kunstverein Brühl

Grants and Awards

2008 Artist in residence, Raid Projects, Los Angeles | Artist in residence, deWillem3, Vlissingen (NL) | Käthe-Kollwitz-Award of Akademie der Künste Berlin | 2005 Studiotermine im Beat Studio, Berlin, supported by Senat Berlin | 2004-2005 Debut 004/005, exhibition/catalogue, supported by the ministry for culture, Baden-Württemberg | 2004 Artist in residence, Centro Cultural Andratx, Mallorca | 1997 Erasmusgrant at the Norwich School of Art and Design, Norwich

Exhibitions with Gustav Kluge


05.09. - 28.09.2019 WOCHENSCHAU Marwan 05.09. - 12.09. 2019 For Marwan, who worked with [...]

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01.03. - 20.04.2019 WUNDERSAME  WELTEN "The absurd, presented with taste, evokes aversion and admiration." (Johann [...]

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