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Michael Mau - Paintings

Michael Mau was not always easy. Not in any sense of the word. He was possessive in conversations and egomaniacal as a person. He gave nothing for art experts and always took a clear stand against them. In his art, socially, politically.

He relied on his instinct and perception, not on the trend. The admiration of nature in all its varieties is the theme of his painting. He is a realist and a romantic. – But these are the only labels one can attach to him in my point of view. Some people I have spoken to see him as a photorealist. But when you look at this chronologically structured book, you inevitably realise that it is just a period of his art  he devoted to photorealism. Of course, I was  speechless when I stood in front of these pictures and admired the craftsmanship. But this admiration does not diminish when looking at the work that does not so exactly reproduce what he saw. Quite the contrary. The obsession with detail is effortless in it as well. The moods or atmospheres that his paintings have transmitted and continue to transmit to me is what fascinates me.

Through his way of seeing, his painting touches me and takes me to these places, these scenes that he presents to the viewer. His moments of time cut out, fixed. What more can painting achieve or want? And not in overwhelming dimensions, but in modest formats. Michael’s art is not about impressing with pompous dimensions. He doesn’t need that. I was often lucky enough to be present when he made his sketches, which then often formed the basis for later paintings. He put himself in a highly concentrated state of perception, if he ever left it at all. He needed this state to be able to completely sink into the details during the process of creation. These details determine the overall impression of the finished paintings and account for the great pull they exert on us. Simply, one could call it quality, if this expression was not too often used wastefully. It has quality. In all formats and at all times.

History

1937

30.12. Born in Leipzig Connewitz

1945

from Großbothen to Hamburg,
Wilmanspark 17

1955

Travel Holland
(Bakkum, Broek in Waterland, Harlingen)

1956

Travel France, Switzerland
(Basel, Geneva, Valence, Avignon, Nimes,     Arles, Marseille, Cannes, Munich

1957

01.04.-30.09.1959 studies HFBK Hamburg

1957

Travel Paris via Reims

1957

1959

Journey to Italy via Austria
(Brunswick, Munich, Innsbruck, Trentino, Venice, Bologna, Rome)


 

Travel DDR

1960

01.10.-30.09.1961 studies HFBK Hamburg

1962

Free painter

1963

Art Director, Lintas Hamburg

1966

Travel Hungary (Budapest)

1967

Relocation Am Eiland 26, Hamburg

1967

Travel Balkans and Hungary
(Nis, Sofia-Istanbul, Eyup, Budapest)

1969

Travel Beirut
Travel Paris

1970

Concepter Art, William Wilkens Hamburg

1970

Travel Cairo

1970

Relocation to Heilwegstrasse 58, Hamburg

1970

Exhibition Gallery XX Hamburg

1971

TripGDR
Travel Berlin

1972

Free painter

1972

Exhibition at Galerie De Gestlo, Hamburg

1972

Exhibition Gallery Quatre Movement, Paris

1972

Travel United States

1973

Relocation to Geibelstrasse 61, Hamburg

1973

Exhibition Ruhr Festival Recklinghausen

1973

Travel USA via New York City

1973

Travel Eifel

1974

Travel USA via New York City

1974

Traveling exhibition Poland

1974

Exhibition OK Harris, NYC

1975

Exhibition Basel Art Fair

1975

Exhibition of art goods, Kunstverein Hamburg

1975

Exhibition at Galerie De Gestlo, Dusseldorf

1976

Travel UK

1978

Exhibition Hamburg-Rotterdam

1978

Exhibition Kunsthaus Hamburg

1978

Travel Brazil via Lisbon
(Fortaleza, Salvador, Recife)

1980

Exhibition Kunsthaus Hamburg

1981

Traveling exhibition USA

1982

Travel DDR

1982

Exhibition at Galerie De Gestlo, Dusseldorf

1982

Invitation to the Venice Biennale, did not participate

1988/89

Teaching activity at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences

1989

Travel USA via Chicago

1989

Exhibition Kunsthaus Hamburg

1990

Exhibition Anya von Gösseln Gallery, Bunclody Co. Wexford

1990

Teaching activity at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences

1990

Group exhibition Views

Kunsthaus Hamburg

1994

group exhibition

Anya von Gosseln Gallery, Dublin

1996

Exhibition, paintings from three decades 1962-1992, Kunstverein Wiligrad e. V

1997

Exhibition Anya by Gösseln Gallery, Dublin

2003-2008

Honorary lecturer at the Alsterdamm Art School, Hamburg

2009-2011

Lecturer in the art group “Montagsmaler”, Hamburg

2011

stroke

2012

Exhibition, Masterful Painting of Silence,
Elbchaussee Gallery, Hamburg

2021

08/20 Death, Hamburg

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