Michael Toenges

1952 · Germany

Artist biography

Michael Toenges is seen as an established contemporary artist, who originates from Germany. Michael Toenges was born in 1952. Born in the same country and around the same year are Andreas Gursky and Thomas Ruff.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Michael Toenges' work is on display at Galerie Albrecht located in Berlin, Germany. Michael Toenges' work has most recently been exhibited at Galerie Phoebus in Rotterdam (24 January 2020 until 14 March 2020) with the exhibition 30 x 2. Michael Toenges' only other recorded exhibition on Artland is Parallel #20, which took place at Galerie Mark Müller in Zurich, Switzerland (10 January 2020 - 28 February 2020).

Michael Toenges in private collections

Michael Toenges' works can be found on Artland in the following collection: geschue. This also includes works by other critically acclaimed artists, Choi Jun Kun, Cristiano Carotti, and Hur Kyung-Ae.

Further Biographical Context for Michael Toenges

Michael Toenges was born in 1952 and was predominantly inspired by the 1970s. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and growth in the arts, most often defined as a response to the dominant tensions of the preceding decade. Conceptual art emerged as a key movement, and was in part an evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the works of art into the extensive outdoors, taking creative production away from commodities and looking to engage with the earliest ideas of environmentalism. Process art combined elements of conceptualism with other formal considerations, creating esoteric and experimental bodies of work. Expressive figurative painting began to regain prominence for the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism twenty years before, especially in Germany where Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz became highly respected figures worldwide. A number of the artists who gained fame and successful in the 1960s remained leading figures. For example, Andy Warhol branched out into film and magazine publishing, the first type of cross cultural activity for a visual artist. This secured his reputation as a globally renowned celebrity in his own right. The predominantly Italian Arte Povera Movement gained global recognition during the 1970s, with artists like Jannis Kounnelis, Mario Merz, and Michelangelo Pistoletto attaining global recognition.

Michael Toenges

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