Hartmut Neumann. Fremde Ebenen – Überwachsene Unebenheiten

Hartmut Neumann. Strange Plains – Overgrown Irregularities

In his most recent paintings, Hartmut Neumann asks the big question: »What if ...?« and goes on a painterly quest to find the answer. What if... for whatever reason, humanity suddenly disappeared from the globe? Just like that. What would the big cities and metropolises look like in 2110 and in another one hundred years, in 2210?

It is an intellectual game, but it stands to reason that all vegetation, with its trees, bushes, plants, mosses, flowers, and fruits would flourish more easily and reclaim, or at least overgrow, their spaces. Neumann presents this »everywhere« in his large images of metropolises such as Beijing, Nairobi, or Amsterdam in an overflowing abundance with painterly force and subtle details. The overall color harmonies of the paintings are of note, which represent a certain vegetation or a geographically determined climate. Nevertheless, his pictures are not to be viewed under the label of landscape painting. Neumann does not reflect nature, nor does he elevate it in a romantic sense. Rather, they are visions of nature saturated in fantasy that are a long way from a landscape cultivated or domesticated by humans. The images evade conventional systems of interpretation, but follow their own, inherent logic – a logic of painting.



Artist: Hartmut Neumann
Editor: Hartmut Neumann, Anne Prenzler (für die Städtische Galerie KUBUS Hannover)
Text: Christoph Schreier, Carl-Friedrich Schröer
Design: Beck & Eggeling (Martina Löhle)


German, English
Hardcover, 23 x 30 cm
128 pages, 150 illustrations


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Available works of the artist

Hartmut Neumann, Amsterdam 2110 (Ins flache Feld), 2016, © Hartmut Neumann, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Hartmut Neumann, Amsterdam 2110 (Ins flache Feld), 2016, © Hartmut Neumann, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Hartmut Neumann, Chicago 2110 (Im Wasser), 2016, © Hartmut Neumann, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Hartmut Neumann, Chicago 2110 (Im Wasser), 2016, © Hartmut Neumann, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Hartmut Neumann, Peking 2110 (Überwachsene Unebenheiten), 2016, © Hartmut Neumann, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Hartmut Neumann, Peking 2110 (Überwachsene Unebenheiten), 2016, © Hartmut Neumann, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Hartmut Neumann, Zentrale Anziehung (Naturphänomene), 2014, © Hartmut Neumann, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Hartmut Neumann, Zentrale Anziehung (Naturphänomene), 2014, © Hartmut Neumann, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Hartmut Neumann, Mehrfache Verdichtung (Naturphänomene), 2014, © Hartmut Neumann, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Hartmut Neumann, Mehrfacher Ausbruch (Naturphänomene), 2014, © Hartmut Neumann, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Hartmut Neumann, Verschobenes Landstück (Totalreservate), 2014, © Hartmut Neumann, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Hartmut Neumann, Im Wasser wachsen, 2006/2015, © Hartmut Neumann, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Hartmut Neumann, Atelierabschied (Ateliertiere), 2006

Associated exhibition

Hartmut Neumann. Overgrown and Disappeared

Hartmut Neumann. Overgrown and Disappeared

Dusseldorf / 13 April – 23 June 2018

It is a play of ideas, but it seems obvious that all the vegetation, with its trees, shrubs, plants, moss, flowers, fruit will flourish and recapture or at least overgrow all spaces. Neumann pres...

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