This exhbition represents the first comprehensive presentation of Jochen Hass’ (1917-2000) artistic output from the years 1950 to 1955. During this period, he made his homosexuality the theme of his creative work in a way matched by hardly any other artist of his generation. His entirely independent approach puts him on par with Marcus Behmer, Hellmut Kolle, Herbert List and Herbert Tobias, not to forget David Hockney and Robert Mapplethorpe.
As for so many people in the GDR, his only true option was clinging to an independent niche in the socially controlled web. Rather than betraying his concept of art, he rejected an official position as artist and dedicated himself to a profession as caretaker of historical monuments. Later, he only painted privately, for himself and an open-minded circle of friends.
Event on occasion of the exhibition:
Sa 25 May, 2013, 4 pm