Norbert Schwontkowski – painted poetry

Worpswede contemporary
Norbert Schwontkowski – painted poetry
Seinsoth Collection
Barkenhoff
June 30 to November 3, 2019

Norbert Schwontkowski (1949–2013) was one of the most important representatives of figurative painting in North Germany. His works are fascinating in the way he employs an overall view which depicts absurd scenes from daily life framed in an image lacking in perspective and turns them into an overall view that is both poetic and surreal. Schwontkowski studied at design schools in Bremen and Hamburg from 1968 to 1973, where he later because a professor for painting and drawing in 2005. Starting in the 1980s his works were shown in many exhibitions, including those by Brigitte Seinsoth (†2012) and Udo Seinsoth, who from 1981 to 2012 presented in their gallery Beim Steinernen Kreuz works of the contemporary avant-garde. In 1984 they organized one of the first solo exhibitions of Schwontkowski, followed by seven others. This led to an extensive private collection from which a number of oil paintings, works on paper and monographs from various phases of Schwontkowski’s creative period can be seen.


Illustration.: Norbert Schwontkowski, untitled (Ausschnitt), 2001, oil, pigment on canvas, 40 x 50 cm, Seinsoth Collection, Bremen, photo: © Caspar Sessler and Fabian Georgi