The museum shows the biography of Horst Janssen and his work in well assembled groups: drawings and water colours, cycles of etchings, wood carvings, lithographies, posters and illustrations. Landscape, erotic, portraits, still life and ever again the self portrait characterize his extensive work. There are terminals for information and films, together with classical text boards, giving a good insight in the work of a genius-artist and a personality very of his own mind. Horst Janssen’s study is reconstructed and gives an emphatic impression of his surroundings and his way of working.
The museum also deals with artists and artistic orientations which have influenced Horst Janssen. A large space devoted to alternating exhibitions shows three or four times a year art works which are in very different ways related to those of Horst Janssen. Informations about the current exhibitions are available under www. horst-janssen-museum.de. Considering the contemporary graphic arts, the Claus-Hüppe-Foundation dedicates regularly the Horst-Janssen-award for graphics , always accompanied by an exhibition of the work of the prizewinner.
The Many Faces of a Multitalented Artist
Horst Janssen (*1929 + 1995) was an artist in drawing, etching, wood engraving; he was also a lithographer, a poster artist, an illustrator and author. The many facets of Janssen’s gift as an artist are the subject of the Horst-Janssen-Museum Oldenburg, which was inaugurated in November 2000. A surface of altogether 1000 square meters shows all the aspects of Horst Janssen’s work. One room offers space for changing exhibitions.
Horst Janssen was born November 14th 1929 in Hamburg, and grew up in Oldenburg. His exceptional gift for drawing showed already during his schooldays. At the end of the war and after the death of his mother and grandparents, his aunt took the 16 years old Janssen to live with her in Hamburg. There, he studied at the academy of fine arts of the Land Hamburg, where he was encouraged and fostered by Alfred Mahlau in his master class.
It was the beginning of a successful artistic career, bringing to Janssen, known as eccentric and egomaniaque, worldwide fame. Exhibitions of his works were shown in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Tokio, Tripolis, Taipeh, Moscow, Venice, Rome, Oslo, Paris, Hamburg, Dresden and other cities. Later in his life, Janssen remembered ever more his happy childhood in Oldenburg. In 1992, he was declared honoray citizen of the City of Oldenburg. Horst Janssen died August 31st 1995 and was buried according to his own will, in the cemetery of St. Gertrude in Oldenburg.
Am Stadtmuseum 4 - 8
For further information and opening times please go to: www.horst-janssen-museum.de