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Blue departure

Informal painting of the quadriga after 1945
Otto Greis, Blauer Aufbruch, 1952, Öl auf Leinwand © GDKE Landesmuseum Mainz, Foto: A. Garth
The starting point is the painting "Blauer Aufbruch" (Blue Awakening), which was presented by Otto Greis in 1952 in the famous exhibition in the Zimmergale¬rie Franck in Frankfurt am Main. The title also programmatically stands for the artistic awakening of the four young artists - Karl Otto Götz, Otto Greis, Heinz Kreutz and Bernard Schultze - who were subsumed there as the community of the so-called Quadriga and elected to the German avant-garde movement.
The exhibition outlines the multi-layered conceptions of the artists of the Quadriga, as well as their unconventional techniques, but also the hopes of a "departure" in terms of content. At the same time, it illustrates in juxtapositions the differences between the artistic approaches of the four young artists, who were still unknown at the time.
The works of Otto Greis from the holdings of the Landesmuseum Mainz and from his estate are the central points of reference. These are supplemented by numerous loans from national museums and private collections.
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