German Pop artist Moritz Götze draws inspiration from German art of the late 1800s and his bright, cheerful worksoften portray historic events and iconic paintings with a slightly ironic twist.
Götze integrates contemporary changes in society in his paintings- history merges with the present. He is a passionate storyteller whose multi-layered compositions leave observers engaged in multiple viewings.
The saying that first impressions should never be trusted certainly applies to most of Götze's works. Indeed, his work literally uses the seemingly inoffensive and eye-catching cheerfulness of Pop Art to conceal the deeper implications underpinning his work. There is a second level within his work-barely discernable at first sight. Götze's work has a lot to offer on both levels of perception - his work is always attractive. He is a painter - conditioned by erudition and a seemingly insatiable curiosity, with a strong focus on history and art history. All scenarios, protagonists and objects populating this world are approached with a debonair, delicate, jovial and light-hearted attitude, marked by a profound love and extensive knowledge of things.
Moritz Götze was born in Halle an der Saale, in the former East Germany, in 1964. Following an apprenticeship as a cabinetmaker, in 1986 he opened a professional serigraph (screen printing) workshop and worked simultaneously in the visual arts as a painter and graphic artist. Götze won numerous national and international awards and prizes and lectured in serigraphy at the Hochschule Burg Giebichenstein, Halle (1991-94) and the Ecole National Supérieure des Beaux Arts in Paris (1994). His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout Europe. In December 2012 the Rourke Art Museum in Moorhead, Minnesota,
hosted the artist's first ever American exhibition
Opening reception Thursday, April 3, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Introduction to the artist and his work by Tania Blanich, Executive Director of the Rourke Art Museum, Moorhead, MN.
The exhibition will be on view from Thursday, April 3 - Monday, April 30, 2014
Opening hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.