Hans Benninger


Artist biography

Hans Benninger is seen as an established contemporary artist, Hans Benninger was born in 1919. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are Evgeniya Armenakovna Arutyunyan, Marit Guinness Aschan, John Collett Anker, An Biesiot, and Alfons Aerts.

Further Biographical Context for Hans Benninger

Hans Benninger was born in 1919 and was predominantly influenced by the 1930s. Throughout the 1930s, many political ideologies such as Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism were engaged in struggles for power, and epitomised the political atmosphere of the era. In the Soviet Union, Stalin’s government was in dire need of urgent funds to implement the industrialisation of the Five Year Plan. In a stealthy bid to acquire funds, the government proposed to sell off assets from the State Hermitage Museum in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), which included some two hundred and fifty paintings by the Old Masters, a number of which had been deemed irreplaceable. Many of the pieces came to be owned by Andrew Mellon, via the New York based art dealing company, Knoedler.

Hans Benninger