Johannes Brus

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Johannes Brus (born June 2, 1942 in Gelsenkirchen ) is a German artist . He lives in Essen .

Johannes Brus, Nashorn-Tempel , 1988, cast stone with steel reinforcement, four steel molds. Location: Gladbecker Str. 50 m south of the intersection with Johanniskirchstrasse, Essen- Vogelheim


From 1964 to 1971 he studied at the State Art Academy in Düsseldorf . From 1986 to 2007 he was a professor at the University of Fine Arts in Braunschweig ; his student included u. a. Katharina Grosse , Karin Kneffel , Matthias Brock , Tim Berresheim and Fabian Bohnmann .

Brus works mainly as a sculptor and photographer. He experiments with different techniques with which he breaks the conventions of the respective genre. Many of his works are characterized by an idiosyncratic sense of humor. Brus addresses aspects of cultural memory and the functions of images.

Public collections



  • Johannes Brus: Photo works . Exhibition catalog of the Städtische Galerie Erlangen 1990. ISBN 3-923899-13-0 , ISBN 3-922531-76-8 .
  • Johannes Brus - the shadows of the sculptors . Exhibition catalog of the Gerhard-Marcks-Haus, Bremen 2006. ISBN 978-3-924412-56-2 .
  • Johannes Brus, the whole iceberg . Edited by Klaus Gallwitz. Exhibition catalog of the Arp Museum, Bahnhof Rolandseck 2007. ISBN 978-3-933085-27-6 ; also Düsseldorf: Richter, ISBN 978-3-937572-76-5 .
  • Johannes Brus, giving picture for trophy. Edited by Beat Wismer and Christoph Danelzik-Brüggemann. Exhibition catalog of the Museum Kunst-Palast, Düsseldorf. Bielefeld, Leipzig 2009, ISBN 978-3-86678-247-1 .

Individual evidence

  1. Johannes Brus . In: Art . The art magazine. Gruner + Jahr, Hamburg December 1986, ART Lexicon of Contemporary Artists, p. 108 .
  2. Marianne and Hansfried Defet Prize / 1982 Johannes Brus, Essen ( memento of March 18, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) (accessed on August 10, 2015)
  3. Working grants 1983 / Johannes Brus (accessed on August 14, 2015)



Web links

Commons : Johannes Brus  - Collection of images, videos and audio files