HAP Grieshaber


22 Sep 23 — 21 Jan 24

HAP Grieshaber, Hippie flower, 1970, private collection, Photo: Museum Wiesbaden ⁄ Bernd Fickert © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023

Large-format woodcuts in abstract yet figurative style characterize the art of German graphic artist HAP Grieshaber (1909—1981). As an “homme engagé,” he used the traditional woodcut as a means of expressing his social and political views and vision. This panoramic exhibition situates the artist in the context of the woodcut revolution in Germany and examines the socio-political positions he formulated with and in this medium.

HAP Grieshaber’s artistic practice was informed by his experience of the soul-searching and political turmoil in the shadow of two world wars, the division of Germany, and a growing social conscience in the face of global injustices. As a consequence, he placed humankind and nature at the centre of his art, in a clear demonstration of humanist principles.

His chosen medium to express his pictorial and political ideas was the woodcut, that centuries-old form of relief printmaking whose aesthetic properties dominate the visual vernacular of his works, irrespective of subject matter. Through his consistent and virtuoso use of a supposedly outdated technique, Grieshaber not only succeeded in dragging the woodcut into postwar contemporary art, but, with his large-format prints, also expanded its scope of application – especially with regard to issues of a current, international, and personal nature.

Sponsors and partners

Circle of Friends HAP Grieshaber e. V.

HAP Grieshaber in his printing workshop
HAP Grieshaber in his printing workshop

This website uses cookies. By visiting the site you agree to this. More information.