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Hans Lünenborg - The Lyricist of Rhenisch Glass-Painters

St. Anonius, Kevelaer
St. Anonius, Kevelaer

Retrospective for his 101st anniversary

Opening: Saturday, November 12th 2005, 4 pm

Hans Lünenborg, born 1904 in Mönchengladbach, studied at the Werkkunstschule Krefeld and the academies of Düsseldorf and Hamburg. He left an extensive oeuvre in paintings, drawings, designs for glass, free glass panels, and a great number of church windows (i. e. St. Peter and St. Maria Lyskirchen in Cologne, the Liebfrauenkirche in Düsseldorf and St. Antonius in Kevelaer). During the Nazi regime he was counted among the degenerated artists. His complete early works burned during the war.

The style of Hans Lünenborg’s windows is marked by exceptionally expressive and surreal depictions. He developed combinations of worldly and Christian imagery, using elements from theatre and masquerade. This new symbolism as well as his strong relation to oil painting places him quite apart from contemporary glass designers. Hans Lünenborg was influenced very much by the expressionism of artists as Heinrich Nauen, Emil Nolde and Erich Heckel but also of the images of masks by James Ensor. Important was also his later friendship to Heinrich Campendonk, Josef Strater and Wilhelm Teuwen.

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