The Gates of the Gutenberg Museum – initially a 12 part series attempting to unravel the mystery of the bronze gates of the Gutenberg Museum.
I’ve now (2017) updated the information and rolled it into one article here
Karl-Heinz Krause was born in 1924 in Angemünde, a small town close to what is now the German-Polish border.
He’s the same age as my father-in-law and their formative years were probably quite similar – both 9 years old when the Nazis came to power, both conscripted into the army at the age of 17, both PoWs in France until 1946.
My father-in-law went back to the family farm, Karl-Heinz Krause attended the Academy of Applied Arts in East Berlin in 1947, switching to the Academy of Fine Arts in West Berlin in 1948 where Renée Sintenis and Richard Scheibe were his teachers.
In 1959, he was awarded the prestigious Georg Kolbe prize for young sculptors.
In the same year, he was discovered by Otto Stangl, a Munich art dealer and signed to an exclusive contract which secured his financial independence. (He told me “There are only 3 career paths for an artist – teaching, architecture or galleries. I was lucky enough to be presented with the latter path”)
By 1960, he was exhibiting at the Grace Borgenicht Gallery on Madison Avenue in New York and the Frank Perls Gallery in Hollywood.
His solo exhibitions – Basel, Bern, New York, New Delhi, Antwerp, Stockholm und Helsinki among many others – number more than 90.
His sculptures are displayed in the German Culture Institute in Paris, in the National Gallery in Berlin and the State Museum in Mainz.
The state of Baden-Württemberg purchased his “Großen Denker” – originally commissioned for the Goethe Institute in Paris, but objections were raised: Rodin’s “Thinker”, Rodin”s French, don’t want to offend the neighbours… – for the grounds of the University of Applied Sciences in Karlsruhe.
Karl Carstens, Germany’s President at the time, presented Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands with one of his sculptures.
From the laudatio at the opening of an exhibition in Berlin in 2007:
Krause has stayed true to the tradition of figurative sculpture. He belongs to a minority – frequently attacked or ridiculed – shrugging off the trends of minimalism, junk sculpture, hypernaturalism or environment sculpture. Clinging to the body, to the beautiful form, he masters them both.
But back in 1961, Rainer Schell came looking for an artist for his museum in Mainz…..