KP Brehmer and the Graphics of Capitalist Realism
The Kupferstichkabinett's studio exhibition in the Neue Nationalgalerie
Klaus Peter Brehmer (*1938 in Berlin 1997 in Hamburg) is an artist who - along with Karl Horst Hödicke, Konrad Lueg (real name: Konrad Fischer), Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter, and Wolf Vostell - made work in the 1960s that became known as Capitalist Realism. Drawing influence from Fluxus and Pop art, but also reacting to the doctrine of Socialist Realism that dominated art behind the Iron Curtain, their work focused on everyday life and the pervasive medialisation and consumerism of Western industrialised society.
Brehmer shortened his first name to KP in the 1960s in solidarity with the political left (the initials were shared by the German communist party). With the help of his friend from university, the gallerist and curator René Block, he brought Capitalist Realism from Düsseldorf to Berlin, where it took on stronger political implications. Today's intimate exhibition centres on a selection of works that Brehmer created in the 1960s in the Rhineland and in Berlin. Also featured is the catalogue Graphics of Capitalist Realism, containing contributions from all the movement's major protagonists, which forms a critical, ironic statement on Western affluent society.
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