Max Weinberg (painter)

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Max Weinberg , also משה וינברג ( Moshe Weinberg ) (born January 19, 1928 in Kassel ; † April 18, 2018 in Frankfurt am Main ), was a German - Israeli artist who worked as a painter and sculptor in Frankfurt am Main . His trademark are figures with excess limbs, especially women with many eyes, legs and breasts. His outward appearance with long hair and beard, painted T-shirts and kohl-rimmed eyes was also characteristic.


Max Weinberg was born in Kassel in 1928, together with his twin brother Samy, to German-Polish parents of Jewish faith. His father Abraham Weinberg came from Łódź and had moved to Kassel in 1922 for economic reasons with his wife and their first child, a daughter born in 1920. Max Weinberg had a total of three sisters and three brothers, including Arno, who was born with a severe disability and who was later murdered in the Hadamar killing center as part of " Operation T4 " , not yet 15 years old . Without Arno, who was housed in a nursing home, the family fled, separated in two groups, in the summer and early autumn of 1933 from the National Socialists, initially to Belgium and in 1935 emigrated to Palestine .

At the age of 13, Max Weinberg sold his first pictures on the streets of Tel Aviv . Weinberg initially studied at a religiously oriented art school, but quickly gave up because this type of learning seemed too directed to him. Instead, at the age of 18, he built a barrack on the beach in Tel Aviv that was to become his first studio. His main motif at that time was a woman bathing in the style of Paul Cezanne or Raffael .

In 1948 Weinberg was drafted as a soldier into the armed forces of the newly founded state of Israel and fought in the Israeli War of Independence ( Palestine War ). After defying a superior's order to shoot a captured Palestinian farmer, he was dishonorably discharged from the army in 1950 after arrest and on a hunger strike. This experience became the decisive break in Weinberg's life.

From 1954 to 1958 Max Weinberg studied classical drawing and classical painting at the State Academy for Culture and Arts in Tel Aviv with Professors Mokady, Stimatzky and Streichmann. In the militarized ambience of the Middle East, Weinberg saw no prospect of further artistic development and therefore went to Frankfurt am Main in 1959 at the age of 31, where he trained in drawing with Walter Hergenhahn at the Städel evening school . However, he was not accepted at the actual Städelschule. For 20 years Weinberg received financial support from his wealthy brother, which allowed him to devote himself entirely to art and to travel without having to work.

Weinberg used an urban studio in the east of downtown Frankfurt to live and work for over twenty years, where he also received school classes and foreign travel groups, especially from Israel .

As a freelance painter and graphic artist, Weinberg maintained cooperation with the Frankfurt am Main Cultural Office, the Hessian Ministry of Science and Art , the Federal President's Office and foreign embassies of the Federal Republic of Germany for more than four decades to promote his artistic work and his exhibitions within Germany and in Europe and beyond Foreign countries. From the end of the 1980s, Max Weinberg's art exhibitions became part of the “ cultural diplomacy ” of the Federal Republic of Germany , namely in the former Soviet Union ( Riga , now Latvia ), in Israel ( Tel Aviv ), Russia ( Saint Petersburg ) and Venezuela ( Caracas ).

According to the report by the Frankfurt am Main cultural office, Max Weinberg has been one of the freelance painters and graphic artists in Frankfurt am Main with the most highly endowed funding for more than two decades . In addition, for more than two decades he received annual funds from the German President's Aid for Artists, as an appreciation and in recognition of his artistic work, achievements and special services at home and abroad since the 1980s.

Weinberg, however, was disappointed about the low recognition that his art received from the public cultural scene in Frankfurt or in his native Kassel. At the beginning of 2018, the City of Frankfurt am Main announced that an anniversary show and reception in the Paulskirche would be prepared on the occasion of Weinberg's 90th birthday . Also in 2018, Weinberg received the Goethe badge from the city of Frankfurt am Main , albeit posthumously .



  • Caspar Knieper (Hrsg.): Atelier Max Weinberg: scope of the imagination. Catalog for the exhibition in Frankfurt Edition Temmen , Bremen 2008, ISBN 978-3-86108-974-2
  • Margarita Clara Lahusen: The “Supermundane Woman”: Aspects of Kabbalah in Max Weinberg's work. In: Margit Kern and Thomas Kirchner (eds.): History and Aesthetics: Festschrift for Werner Busch for his 60th birthday. Deutscher Kunstverlag, Munich and Berlin 2005, ISBN 978-3422065291 , pp. 518-530

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Individual evidence

  1. Max Weinberg died at the age of 90 . In: Journal Frankfurt , April 18, 2018, accessed on April 18, 2018.
  2. Jochen Boczkowski, Margrit Stiefel, Jürgen Strube: Arno Weinberg, his parents Abraham and Nascha and his siblings Rosel, Regina, Helene, Max, Samy and Bernhard . Stumbling blocks in Kassel, April 2016, accessed on April 20, 2018.
  3. ^ A b c painter Max Weinberg: Large exhibition for his 80th birthday . dpa article in: Frankfurter Rundschau , August 13, 2008, accessed on March 14, 2018.
  4. ^ Brigitte Kramer: Works by artists put Soden city gallery in a rush of colors: Max Weinberg in pink . In: Höchst Kreisblatt , April 3, 2017, accessed on March 14, 2018.
  5. a b c d e Claus-Jürgen Göpfert: Max Weinberg: On another planet . In: Frankfurter Rundschau , August 19, 2016, accessed on March 14, 2018.
  6. ^ [1] Atelier Max Weinberg, Spielraum der Phantasie, flyer for the 2008 anniversary exhibition, accessed on September 26, 2019.
  7. Monika Eichenauer: A real wow experience . In: Kreis-Anzeiger , January 18, 2018, accessed April 20, 2018.
  8. Janine Drusche: [2] In: Bornheimer Wochenblatt , January 17, 2018, accessed on September 25, 2019.
  9. Annette Wollenhaupt: Max Weinberg: "I fall out." In: Jüdische Allgemeine , July 3, 2008, accessed on March 14, 2018.
  10. Anarchic Fun ,, July 31, 2014
  11. Janine Drusche: Does Max Weinberg's dream burst for his 90th birthday? In: Rhein-Main-Extratipp , December 10, 2017, accessed on March 14, 2018.
  12. [3] Website of the International Senefelder Foundation, accessed on September 23, 2019.