C.O. Paeffgen

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C.O. Paeffgen (Claus Otto Paeffgen, * 1933 in Cologne; † 2019 in Cologne) was a prominent figure in the world of contemporary art, recognized for his distinctive approach to painting and mixed media artworks. Throughout his career, Paeffgen’s artistic expressions embraced a variety of styles, often blurring the lines between abstraction and representation.

Emerging in the 1960s, Paeffgen initially gained attention for his participation in the German art movement called “Capitalist Realism.” Alongside other notable artists like Gerhard Richter and Sigmar Polke, he challenged traditional artistic conventions by blending elements of pop culture, advertising, and consumerism in his art.

Paeffgen’s artistic evolution showcased a dynamic range, exploring diverse mediums and techniques. His works often incorporated collage, graffiti, and gestural elements, embodying a raw and expressive quality that engaged viewers with a sense of spontaneity and energy.

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1981

Stich durch das Herz – Bilder, Zeichnungen, Objekte und Fotos, Bonner Kunstverein


1983

C. O. Paeffgen, Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach

1985

Kunst nach 1945, Nationalgalerie Berlin

1987

C. O. Paeffgen, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden


1990

Die Ruhe der Steine, Galerie Rudolf Zwirner, Köln

1993

Objekte in Farbe, Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover


1998 

Galerie Hans Mayer, Düsseldorf

1999

Handarbeiten, Museum Ludwig, Köln


2005

C.O. Paeffgen in Trinitatis, Trinitatiskirche Köln

Sich selbst bei Laune halten, Kunstmuseum Bonn


2006

Buthe / Hansen / Paeffgen / Palermo / Polke, Maximilian Krips Galerie, Köln

2007

Die Kunst zu sammeln, Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf

2009

RECORD AGAIN, Teil 2, Ludwig Forum, Aachen


2009

Arbeiten aus der Sammlung Eva und Carl Großhaus, Schloss Gottorf, Schleswig; Museum Moderner Kunst, Passau

2013

Sehr Schön. C.O. Paeffgen im Arp Museum, Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck

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