Markus Fräger

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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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 lives and works in Cologne, Germany. 

Born
1959 Hamm, Germany
Lives and works in Cologne

Education
1980 Wilhelms-Universität Münster
1986 Professor Kaufmann and Professor Fuchs
1993 Hanns jump Prize of the Working Group in eV visual artist in the Middle Rhine


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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Born
1959 Hamm, Germany
Lives and works in Cologne

Education
1980 Wilhelms-Universität Münster
1986 Professor Kaufmann and Professor Fuchs
1993 Hanns jump Prize of the Working Group in eV visual artist in the Middle Rhine


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 lives and works in Cologne, Germany.