Andreas Brandt (painter)

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Andreas Brandt (born December 29, 1935 in Halle (Saale) ; † January 4, 2016 in Niebüll ) was a German painter .


Andreas Brandt began studying biology at the University of Halle in 1954 . In 1955 he moved to West Berlin , where he studied art with Ernst Schumacher at the Berlin School of Fine Arts until 1961 . Then he worked as a freelance painter and from 1982 to 2001 was Professor of Textile Design at the Hamburg University of Fine Arts . In 1970 he was a visiting professor at the HfbK Berlin.

Andreas Brandt was a member of the German Association of Artists , in whose annual exhibitions he took part eight times between 1966 and 1980. He lived and worked in Niebüll from 1986.

From 1960 to 1962 Andreas Brandt was married to the painter Sarah Haffner . The photographer David Brandt comes from this marriage.


Brandt is considered to be a representative of Concrete Art , an art movement within Constructivism that tries to create a concrete, autonomous world of images with simple, geometric forms without any reference or representation function. At the end of the sixties, under the influence of young American painting, Brandt turned away from the representation of external reality and developed a very personal, conceptual imagery with a precisely formulated, harmoniously balanced system structure and reduced color chords. He was concerned with the systematic distribution of brightly colored, black or gray lines on a white background, initially only with verticals on landscape formats; later horizontal lines and portrait formats were added.

In his restriction to straight, equally wide lines or stripes on monochrome backgrounds, Brandt was one of the most radical and sparse concrete painters. He researched the balance of the surfaces and the proportions of the colors and increased the effect of the individual picture elements and the novelty value of the smallest changes between series of pictures through the economy of his means. For many viewers, an unexpected spatiality arises in his pictures and the elements gain a certain vibration.

“The material is the surface, the colors are. it is important to set the surface - in its delimitation and expansion - in motion by means of color. space to create autonomous pictorial space. to find order (...). see the area itself as a design element. Color, independent of the material, free of all associative, all symbolic, to take as a fundamental artistic value. "

- Andreas Brandt : 1970, leaflet galerie diogenes, Berlin

honors and awards

  • Scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation
  • 1962 Emil Nolde scholarship
  • 1975–76 US scholarship, one year stay in New York
  • 1977 Art Prize Berlin (sponsorship prize)
  • 1977–1978 Emil Nolde scholarship, one year stay in Seebüll
  • 1990 Camille Graeser Prize , Camille Graeser Foundation, Zurich
  • 1995 Fred Thieler Prize for Painting, Berlin
  • 2002 North Frisian Culture Prize for Literature, Music and Art

Works in public collections

  • Berlinische Galerie, Berlin
  • Berlin State Museums, Kupferstichkabinett
  • Federal Ministry of the Interior, Collection of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bonn / Berlin
  • Arithmeum, University of Bonn, Institute for Discrete Mathematics, Bonn
  • Square Bottrop, Josef Albers Museum Bottrop
  • Musee de Cambrai, Cambrai
  • State art collections, KupferstichKabinett, Dresden
  • Hubertus Schoeller Foundation, Düren
  • Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg
  • Museum for Concrete Art, Ingolstadt
  • Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel
  • Musée des Ursulines, Donation Reprères, Mâcon
  • Musée de l'Art Concret, Donation Albers-Honegger, Mouans-Sartoux
  • State Collection of Graphics, Munich
  • Collection of the city of Neu-Ulm
  • Municipal collection Niebüll
  • Domnick Collection, Nürtingen
  • studio a, museum of non-representational art, Otterndorf
  • State Museum for Art and Cultural History, Gottorf Castle, Schleswig
  • Schaufler Collection, Sindelfingen
  • Ministry of Science and Art, State Gallery Stuttgart
  • Stuttgart Art Museum , Stuttgart
  • DaimlerChrysler Collection
  • Satoru Sato Art Museum, Tome / Japan
  • Museum Ritter Waldenbuch
  • Museum in the Kulturspeicher, Peter C. Ruppert Collection, Würzburg
  • From the Heydt Museum, Hildegard Collection and Dr. Jürgen W. Holze, Wuppertal
  • UBS AG Zurich

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Andreas Brandt obituary notice , FAZ , January 9, 2016
  2. Exhibitions since 1951 / '66, '68, '69, '71, '73, '78, '79, '80 ( Memento from March 4, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) (accessed on January 9, 2016 )