Günter Haese

Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg, 2010Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg, 2010

Günter Haese (b*1924, Kiel; d. 2016, Hanover, Germany) studied sculpting at the Fine Art Academy in Düsseldorf under Bruno Goller and Ewald Mataré. After graduating in 1958, Haese worked as a free-lance artist and soon discovered materials like brass wires or coil springs and small wheels of disjointed clocks for his spatial, kinetic objects. Other than the ZERO-artists Haese never resorted to electricity for his works, but rather had them constructed so fragile and delicate, so that they are moved by a mere breath of air. 

Haese was a member of the Free Academy of the Arts Hamburg and in 1994 became an honorary professorship for his artistic lifework by the Federal Land Schleswig-Holstein. Haese has partaken in many national and international exhibitions in museums and galleries since the 1960s. He had solo exhibitions at Ulmer Museum (1964), the August Kestner Museum Hanover (1982), the Staatsgalerie Moderner Kunst in Munich (1972) and the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf (1967), the Museum of Modern Art New York (1964) and participated at the 33. Biennale die Venezia (1966) amongst others. Haeses works are represented in several public collections, for example the Museum of Modern Art New York, the Museum Ludwig Cologne, the Tate Gallery London or the Museo de Arte Modern Mexico. Haese won several art prizes, e.g. the Cornelius prize from the city of Düsseldorf (1967) or the Prize from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation New York (1967).

Selected Solo Exhibitions

 2013 Günter Haese, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg, Germany 
 2011 Richard Haizmann Museum Niebüll / Museum für moderne Kunst, Germany
Galerie Reckermann, Cologne, Germany 
 2010 Freie Akademie der Künste, Hamburg, Germany
Günther Haese, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg, Germany  
 2008 Galeria Elvira Gonzalez, Madrid, Spain  
 2007 Städtische Galerie im Park, Viersen, Germany 
 2006 Kunstverein Krefeld, Germany 
 2002 Landesmuseum Schloss Gottorf, Schleswig, Germany 
 1999 Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg 
 1995 Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Kiel, Germany
Elvira Gonzalez Gallery, Madrid, Spain
 1994 Kunsthalle Kiel, Germany  
 1991 Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Kiel, Germany 
 1989 Art Basel, Switzerland
Thomas Gallery, Munich, Germany
 1984 Quadrat - Moderne Galerie, Bottrop, Germany
Clemens-Sels-Museum, Neuss, Germany  
 1982 Kestner – Museum, Hannover, Germany
Leopold-Hoesch-Museum, Düren, Germany  
 1981 Kunstpreis der Künstler, Düsseldorf, Germany
Landesmuseum Oldenburg, Germany
 1980 Interversa, Hamburg, Germany
Lopes Gallery, Zurich (also 1982, 1986, 1987 and 1988), Switzerland
 1979 Kunsthalle Kiel, Germany
Albrecht-Dürer-Gesellschaft im Germanischen Nationalmuseum, Nürnberg  
 1978 Art Prize of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany  
 1976 Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington, USA 
 1975 Bibliotheca National, Madrid, Spain
Marlborough Gallery, New York, USA
 1974 Staatsgalerie moderner Kunst, Munich, Germany  
 1972 Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany
Museum Boymans-van-Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands  
 1969 10th Biennale of São Paolo, Brazil 
 1967 Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany 
 1966 33th Biennale of Venice, 1st Prize of the David E. Bright, Venice, Italy  
 1964 Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA 

Selected Group Exhibitions

 2013 Utopie Beginnt im Kleinen/Utopia Starts Small, 12th Triennial of Small-scale sculpture, Fellbach, Germany
Gebaute Bilder, Werke aus der Sammlung Hupertz, Ernst Barlach Haus, Hamburg, Germany
 2008 Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Esteban Vicente, Segovia, Spain 
 2007 Galerie Jeanne-Bucher, Paris, France 
 2000 Making Choices, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA  
 1992 Japanese and german sculptors, Tokyo, Japan 
 1985 1945-1984 Kunst in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Nationalgalerie Berlin, Germany 
 1979 Mataré und seine Schüler, Düsseldorf, Berlin, Hannover, Nimwegen, Krefeld, Germany
150 Jahre Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany
 1972 Athenaeum, Helsinki, Finland  
 1971 Landesmuseum Schloß Gottorf, Schleswig, Germany
National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan  
 1970 Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
 1967 Carnegie International, Pittsburgh, USA 
 1964 documenta III, Kassel, Germany
 1963 Junger Westen, Art Prize, Recklinghausen, Germany 

Public Collections

  Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington; Landesmuseum, Bonn; Quadrat, Bottrop, Kunstmuseum, Düsseldorf; Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg; Museum, Karlsruhe; Kunsthalle, Kiel, Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Cologne; Tate Gallery, London; Städtische Kunsthalle, Mannheim; Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Munich; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R.Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museum, Recklinghausen; Abegg-Stiftung, Riggisberg bei Bern; Landesmuseum Schloß Gottorf, Schleswig; Museo de Arte Moderno, México.