Friedrich Einhoff


Oct 3rd – Oct 4th, 2020


Miniaturen, Installation view: © Henning Rogge



03.10. – 04.10.2020, 12 am – 6 pm

Opening: 02.10.2020, 4 – 8 pm

Location: TOM REICHSTEIN | CONTEMPORARY, Stockmeyerstr. 41, Oberhafen: Halle 4J, 20457 Hamburg


LEVY Galerie will host the exhibition Miniaturen at TOM REICHSTEIN | CONTEMPORARY with about 130 small-scale original works by the Hamburg artist Friedrich Einhoff (1936–2018) encompassing various decades of his oeuvre, in conjunction with the release of a new book including his favorite poems by Heinrich Heine, Christian Morgenstern, Franz Graf Pocci, Rainer Maria Rilke and Joachim Ringelnatz as well as an introductory essay by Arnold Stadler.


Einhoff was born in Magdeburg in 1936 and deceased in Hamburg in 2018. 1957–1962 he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Hamburg, 1962–66 philosophy and literature at Hamburg University. 1978–1991 he taught as a professor for painting and drawing of the design faculty at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences. In 2008 he received the award of the Free Academy of the Arts Hamburg and in 2009 he was awarded the Hans Platschek Prize for Art and Writing.


Since the 1960s Friedrich Einhoff has been formative for his home city Hamburg both as an artist and as a teacher and mentor. His oeuvre deals with the image of the human being as an ambivalent and fragile entity. His works on canvas, cardboard and paper captivate with their delicate materiality of color and texture that result from a multilayered surface processing with acrylic, charcoal and soil admixed. They give the impression of being tactile membranes, which develop a corporeal quality through earthy beige and gray tones and a terrestrial effect of depth through green and black tones. Traces of anonymous figures, torn body fragments, and facial outlines are pushing from material densification towards their own dissolution narrating of a notion of man that has been subjected to constant transformation through material, sensory and emotional processes. In the alienation, displacement and inner turmoil, the figures search in isolated juxtaposition for their inviolable state of being.


New Book: Friedrich Einhoff – Miniaturen, edited by Thomas Levy, 2020, with an essay by Arnold Stadler, graphic design: Claas Möller, 144 pages, format 10,5 x 14 cm, hardcover, bound, published by druckhaus köthen, edition: 300.