Uecker. Material Becomes Picture

15 December 2012 - 17 March 2013

Curator: Alexander Tolnay
Co-curator: Kinga Bódi

Günther Uecker stands out as one of the decisive figures in the post-war international contemporary art scene. From the beginning, his works have focused on the most serious issues facing the world: the experiences of war, the problem of humans coming under threat from other humans, the search for our roots, the difficulties of using language as a means of expression, the investigation into the role of faith, ritual and prayer in our lives, problems to do with the consumer society and the human destruction of nature, facing up to the consequences of catastrophes, the dilemma of mortality and leaving an impression on the world, and the irreconcilable contradiction between cyclicality and the linear progression of time.

Ash Man
, 1986 Ash, glue, and graphite on canvas
200 × 160 cm


There are few artists who have been so consistent as Günther Uecker in creating works that reflect on the constant changes taking place in the world around us. In
every period of his artistic career he has observed the world shrewdly, but has never been content merely to play the role of spectator: instead of contemplation, he prefers a model of action.


Forest, 1988–1991

This exhibition organised at the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest—as a single, interconnected environment—is an overview of Uecker's work from the last fifty years, and it gives us remarkable insight into the diversity of the artist's forms of expression and the multi-faceted nature of their content.

Günther Uecker lives and works in Dusseldorf.

Pick up a free gallery guide for the Uecker exhibition at the information desk. There's one for adults, teens and kids. Or download the pdf printable version.


Uecker. Material Becomes Picture. For Adults

Uecker. Material Becomes Picture. For Teens.
Uecker. Material Becomes Picture. For Kids.