German gallery in Cologne, dealing
in contemporary art. Maenz exhibited, loaned, and
sold works by conceptual artists and the German neo-Expressionist painters. Correspondence, financial files,
artists' biographies, press clippings, printed matter, and
photographs cover virtually every facet of the gallery's operations, 1970-1990. The photograph
files comprise approximately half of the archive and document works by
artists and most of the gallery's exhibitions.
Galerie Paul Maenz Köln was instrumental in introducing
avant-garde art of the 1970s and 1980s to what was initially a German audience,
but would later move beyond to the rest of Europe and North America. The
gallery functioned as a facilitator for artists to realize their work in a new
context. This was particularly important in the early years of the gallery,
which focused on the difficult-to-exhibit Conceptual Art. In the late 1970s and
early 1980s, the gallery embraced the new painting of the young Italian
Trans-avantgardists and the German Neo-Expressionists. With the help of Maenz's
representation, the German artists in particular had a profound impact on
Cologne's importance as a cultural and artistic center.
ca. 40 linear feet
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