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Norbert Prangenberg, Rommerskirchen, Germany. Photo: Manfred Förster
Norbert Prangenberg, Rommerskirchen, Germany. Photo: Manfred Förster

Norbert Prangenberg’s art emerges from a fundamental interaction of hand, eye and material which has manifested itself in a variety of genres – in drawings and in prints, as well as in imaginative sculptures and in his unmistakable painting style. His drawings and paintings are characterized by simple shapes like circles, diamonds, squares, ovals and triangles. Initially he worked with pastel and watercolour and only recently began working in oils. He uses the materiality of the medium through his impasto technique, which in some works lap over the edge and thus become a sculptural object. The layer created by this impasto application of oil paint is ruptured by tiny irregular cuts, revealing parts of the underlying canvas. In other pieces Prangenberg uses copper or zinc, which let the metal of the support shine through, thereby achieving an extraordinary translucent effect.

In the 1980s he began working on sculptures. Already outstanding due to their dimensions, the ceramic works recall the vessel as it has been used in the Mediterranean world since antiquity. Both the intense treatment of the surface and the varied use of colour give the pieces their characteristic appearance. Norbert Prangenberg was born in 1949 in Rommerskirchen-Nettesheim. During his apprenticeship as a gold and silversmith he produced his first woodcuts and drawings, beginning in 1965. Since the 1980s he has gained international renown through his participation in documenta 7 in Kassel. Starting in 1993 Norbert Prangenberg held a professorship for ceramics and glass at the Kunstakademie in Munich. Norbert Prangenberg passed away in 2012 in Krefeld.

Publications

Exhibitions

Solo exhibitions
2017-18
Norbert Prangenberg. Zeichnung und Keramik

Kunstverein, Schallstadt, Germany

2016-17
Norbert Prangenberg. Figuren

Garth Greenan Gallery, New York, USA

2015-16
Norbert Prangenberg – Skulptur / Sculpture

Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany

2014
Norbert Prangenberg. Sculptures

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France

2014
Norbert Prangenberg. Zeichnungen und Keramiken

Kulturzentrum Sinsteden, Rommerskirchen-Sinsteden, Germany

2014
Norbert Prangenberg: The Last Works

Garth Greenan Gallery, New York, USA

2014-15
Norbert Prangenberg. Gebilde–Gestalt–Erscheinung

Produzentengalerie, Hamburg, Germany

2013-14
Ein Raum für Norbert Prangenberg

Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany

2012-13
Norbert Prangenberg. Figuren+Bilder

Barbara Gross Galerie, Munich, Germany

2012
Norbert Prangenberg. Winterreise

Städtisches Kunstmuseum Spendhaus Reutlingen, Germany; Städtische Galerie Villa Zanders, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany; Museum Goch, Germany

2011
Irgendeiner wartet immer

Galerie der Künstler, Munich, Germany

2011
Kiss the beast

Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2011-12
Arbeit 1980 – 2012

Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany

2010-11
Wasser | Farbe – Colour | Water

Städtische Galerie Villa Zanders, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany

2010-11
Norbert Prangenberg – Kiss the beast

Barbara Gross Galerie, Munich, Germany

Group exhibitions
2017
Norbert Prangenberg. The Sculptures

Galerie Angela Berney Fine Arts, Basel, Switzerland (in cooperation with Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany, and Galerie Meyer – Oceanic Art, Paris, France)

2015
Terrapolis

French School at Athens, Athens, Greece (organized by Whitechapel Gallery, London, GB / Neon Foundation, Greece)

2015
Beyond Horizon. Reflexion on the horizontal line

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France

2015
CERAMIX

Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, Netherlands; La Maison Rouge, Paris + Sèvres, France

2013-14
Keramische Räume / Ceramic Spaces

Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany

2013
Back to Earth. Von Picasso bis Ai Wie Wei – Die Wiederentdeckung der Keramik in der Kunst

Villa Wachholtz, Neumünster, Germany

2011
Mit Feuer und Flamme – Keramik in der Gegenwartskunst

Museum Villa Rot, Burgrieden-Rot, Germany

2010
Wasser | Farbe – Colour | Water

Museum Liner, Appenzell, Switzerland

2009-10
Abstraction Revisited

Chelsea Art Museum, New York, USA

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