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Ben Willikens

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Ben Willikens
Photo: Michael Dannemann
1939born in Leipzig
1962-65Studied painting at the Stuttgart Art Academy with Heinz Trökes
1965-66Studies in London at the Slade School; scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation
1970Villa Romana Prize, Florence
1972Villa Massimo Prize, Rome
1982Professorship at the Braunschweig University of Fine Arts
1983Hans Molfenter Prize, Stuttgart
since 1984numerous works in public buildings and churches
since 1991Professorship at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich (1994-04: Rector)
1992stage design for the classics project at documenta IX: Staatstheater Kassel, opera house, "Der zerbrochene Spiegel" ("The Broken Mirror")
1997Solo exhibitions at the Haus der Kunst in Munich and at the Galerie der Stadt Stuttgart
1999-2004Rector of the Academy of Fine Arts Munich, emeritus
2001Awarded the Federal Cross of Merit on ribbon
2004Silver Medal for services to the Bavarian constitution
2006Bavarian Order of Merit
2009Special exhibition "Light and Darkness," Stuttgart Art Museum
2011"Space as Image", Museum of Fine Arts in Leipzig
2016/17"The Assumption of Spaces and Places" , Weishaupt Art Gallery, Ulm
 lives in Stuttgart, Munich and Wallhausen (Hohenlohe)
In the 1970s Ben Willikens works with a hard, real view of the world of things, which takes on a supra-real character through exaggerated close-up vision and precision combined with fictitious combinations of things and space. He transforms spatial compositional principles of the High Renaissance and elements of the New Objectivity. The personal, individual gesture of the hand is avoided. The objects are taken from the ambience of institutions. A favorite, recurring motif is the stretcher.
The rooms of Ben Willikens are not inhabited, they are not furnished. The lines of perspective, which can be calculated according to rational laws, flood into infinity and the invisible, intangible, incalculable light becomes form. Space transcends into flowing time, light and shadow transform into visible form. When approaching the picture, however, the forms again become color appearances on the gray scale and pencil lines. 
Schloss Dätzingen / D-71120 Grafenau
T + 49 (0) 70 33 / 4 13 94
F + 49 (0) 70 33 / 4 49 23
Opening hours
Wednesday – Friday 11 – 18.30
Saturday 11 – 16
or by appointment
Kleiner Schlossplatz 11 / D-70173 Stuttgart
T + 49 (0) 711 / 120 41 51
F + 49 (0) 711 / 120 42 80
Opening hours
Tuesday – Friday 11 – 19
Saturday 11 – 17
or by appointment

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