Markus Fräger

1959 - 2021
In the darkly romantic paintings of German artist Markus Fräger, moments of contemporary life are frozen in time like film stills. 

Biography

In the darkly romantic paintings of German artist Markus Fräger, moments of contemporary life are frozen in time like film stills. Shadows fall over his characters as they inhabit a series of everyday, mostly domestic spaces, mostly at night, their faces often illuminated by the eerie glow of a lamp or television. He presents us with slices of narrative, tense with the energy of words just said or yet to be spoken. "In all my work,” he has said, “I am very interested in the notion of time and the present moment. I make scenes that seem suspended, as if something had happened or was going to happen, a fragment of a continuous story the viewer has the opportunity to imagine.”
 
Fräger’s work churns up a host of art historical associations, from the sensual baroque religious tableaux of Rubens to the stage-lit dramas of Caravaggio, from Delacroix’s loosely brushed raptures to Edward Hopper’s luminous lonely city-dwellers, from Ibsen’s dark realist theater to David Lynch’s absurd, twisted noirish films. He conceives of each painting like a director, first imaging a scenario, then inviting friends or professional actors to play the roles and photographing the improvised scene for several hours, leaving the actors “quite free and observing their movements and attitudes.” Later, when he examines the photographs, the scenario tends to transform. He begins to freely invent, often superimposing different images to arrive at a final version.
 
Born in 1959, Fräger studied art history and archaeology at the University of Münster. He has exhibited his work across Europe, particularly in Germany, Switzerland, and Luxembourg, and is in the public collections of the Mittelrhein Museum in Koblenz, the Ines and Jürgen Graf Foundation for Art, Culture, and Industrial Design, and the Vatican Museums in Vatican City, among others. He worked in Cologne, Germany, and passed away in 2021. 

Born

1959  Hamm, Germany


Education

1980  Wilhelms-Universität Münster


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019 Galerie Robert Drees, Hanover

Kulturforum Schorndorf, Schorndorf

Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco

2018  Biesenbach Gallery, Cologne

Mühlfeld & Stohrer Gallery, Frankfurt aM

2017  Friedmann-Hahn Gallery , Berlin

2016  Mühlfeld & Stohrer Gallery, Frankfurt aM

Galerie Clairefontaine, Luxembourg

Gallery Biesenbach, Cologne

Kunstverein Münsterland, Coesfeld

2015  Niederrheinischer Kunstverein Wesel

Galerie Friedmann-Hahn, Berlin

Galerie Mühlfeld & Stohrer, Frankfurt aM

Galerie Robert Drees, Hannover

2014  Galerie Biesenbach, Cologne

2013  Kunstverein, Hamm

2012  Galerie Friedmann Hahn, Berlin

Galerie Biesenbach, Cologne

2010  Gallery Mühlfeld & Stohrer, Frankfurt aM

Museum Stadt Borken

2009  Gallery Gundolf Roy, Zülpich

Coesfeld Museum, Kolvenburg Billerbeck

2008  Mühlfeld & Stohrer Gallery, Frankfurt am Main

2007  Hubertus Melsheimer Gallery, Cologne

Gallery Mühlfeld & Stohrer, Frankfurt / Main

2006  Museum Stadt Bergkamen

2005  Gallery Gordon Pym & Fils , Paris

2004  Gallery Hubertus Melsheimer, Cologne

2003  Kunsthalle Koblenz

2002  Middle Rhine Museum Koblenz

2001  Bloxham Galleries London

1997  Gallery Eickelmann Essen

One Room Gallery Zurich


Selected Group Exhibitions

2018  Gallery Clairefontaine, Luxembourg

2017  Gallery Clairefontaine, Luxembourg

2014  Gallery Robert Drees, Hannover

2013  Gallery Biesenbach, Cologne

Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg

2012  Gallery Michael Heufelder, Munich

2009  Hoesch Museum, Düren

Municipal Gallery, Speyer


Selected Public Collections

Stiftskirche St. Vitus • Ramsthal Landesbank Baden-Württemberg • Stuttgart Land Rhineland-Palatinate  • Mittelrhein Museum, Koblenz  • Museum am Dom, Würzburg  • Collection Klöcker  • Middle Rhine Museum, Koblenz  • St. Hippolyt Church, Dettingen am Main  • Neumünster, Würzburg  • Municipal Museum, Miltenberg  • Ines and Jürgen Count Foundation for Art, Culture, Industrial Design, Cologne  • Vatican Museums Vatican, Vatican City

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Selected Artworks

The Landscape

The Landscape

Oil on Canvas

20 x 23 inches

190367

Moving Landscape

Moving Landscape

Oil on Canvas

20 x 28 inches

190364

The Watcher

The Watcher

Oil on Canvas

20 x 27 inches

190360

Born

1959  Hamm, Germany


Education

1980  Wilhelms-Universität Münster


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019 Galerie Robert Drees, Hanover

Kulturforum Schorndorf, Schorndorf

Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco

2018  Biesenbach Gallery, Cologne

Mühlfeld & Stohrer Gallery, Frankfurt aM

2017  Friedmann-Hahn Gallery , Berlin

2016  Mühlfeld & Stohrer Gallery, Frankfurt aM

Galerie Clairefontaine, Luxembourg

Gallery Biesenbach, Cologne

Kunstverein Münsterland, Coesfeld

2015  Niederrheinischer Kunstverein Wesel

Galerie Friedmann-Hahn, Berlin

Galerie Mühlfeld & Stohrer, Frankfurt aM

Galerie Robert Drees, Hannover

2014  Galerie Biesenbach, Cologne

2013  Kunstverein, Hamm

2012  Galerie Friedmann Hahn, Berlin

Galerie Biesenbach, Cologne

2010  Gallery Mühlfeld & Stohrer, Frankfurt aM

Museum Stadt Borken

2009  Gallery Gundolf Roy, Zülpich

Coesfeld Museum, Kolvenburg Billerbeck

2008  Mühlfeld & Stohrer Gallery, Frankfurt am Main

2007  Hubertus Melsheimer Gallery, Cologne

Gallery Mühlfeld & Stohrer, Frankfurt / Main

2006  Museum Stadt Bergkamen

2005  Gallery Gordon Pym & Fils , Paris

2004  Gallery Hubertus Melsheimer, Cologne

2003  Kunsthalle Koblenz

2002  Middle Rhine Museum Koblenz

2001  Bloxham Galleries London

1997  Gallery Eickelmann Essen

One Room Gallery Zurich


Selected Group Exhibitions

2018  Gallery Clairefontaine, Luxembourg

2017  Gallery Clairefontaine, Luxembourg

2014  Gallery Robert Drees, Hannover

2013  Gallery Biesenbach, Cologne

Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg

2012  Gallery Michael Heufelder, Munich

2009  Hoesch Museum, Düren

Municipal Gallery, Speyer


Selected Public Collections

Stiftskirche St. Vitus • Ramsthal Landesbank Baden-Württemberg • Stuttgart Land Rhineland-Palatinate  • Mittelrhein Museum, Koblenz  • Museum am Dom, Würzburg  • Collection Klöcker  • Middle Rhine Museum, Koblenz  • St. Hippolyt Church, Dettingen am Main  • Neumünster, Würzburg  • Municipal Museum, Miltenberg  • Ines and Jürgen Count Foundation for Art, Culture, Industrial Design, Cologne  • Vatican Museums Vatican, Vatican City

Biography

In the darkly romantic paintings of German artist Markus Fräger, moments of contemporary life are frozen in time like film stills. Shadows fall over his characters as they inhabit a series of everyday, mostly domestic spaces, mostly at night, their faces often illuminated by the eerie glow of a lamp or television. He presents us with slices of narrative, tense with the energy of words just said or yet to be spoken. "In all my work,” he has said, “I am very interested in the notion of time and the present moment. I make scenes that seem suspended, as if something had happened or was going to happen, a fragment of a continuous story the viewer has the opportunity to imagine.”
 
Fräger’s work churns up a host of art historical associations, from the sensual baroque religious tableaux of Rubens to the stage-lit dramas of Caravaggio, from Delacroix’s loosely brushed raptures to Edward Hopper’s luminous lonely city-dwellers, from Ibsen’s dark realist theater to David Lynch’s absurd, twisted noirish films. He conceives of each painting like a director, first imaging a scenario, then inviting friends or professional actors to play the roles and photographing the improvised scene for several hours, leaving the actors “quite free and observing their movements and attitudes.” Later, when he examines the photographs, the scenario tends to transform. He begins to freely invent, often superimposing different images to arrive at a final version.
 
Born in 1959, Fräger studied art history and archaeology at the University of Münster. He has exhibited his work across Europe, particularly in Germany, Switzerland, and Luxembourg, and is in the public collections of the Mittelrhein Museum in Koblenz, the Ines and Jürgen Graf Foundation for Art, Culture, and Industrial Design, and the Vatican Museums in Vatican City, among others. He worked in Cologne, Germany, and passed away in 2021. 

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Markus Fräger

1959 - 2021
In the darkly romantic paintings of German artist Markus Fräger, moments of contemporary life are frozen in time like film stills. 

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