Our program

Kunst der Moderne
Art has never been as diverse as it was in the 20th century. This is due to the ventures that its representatives took at the end of the 19th and in the first third of the last century - some rather preserving, others innovative. That the southwest German region plays an important role here can be seen when one calls up the artists from Max Ackermann to Richard Ziegler. The Schlichtenmaier Gallery leads confidently through this wealth of positions.

Kunst nach 1945
There was no zero hour after 1945 - but there were many great moments in art. The abstract and figurative artists took a stand, the European neighbors and the USA set standards, and the avant-gardes of the 1960s and 1970s mobilized unimagined creative forces. Galerie Schlichtenmaier concentrates here on the scenes in Germany, but does not close its mind to the international, fascinating currents of art.

Zeitgenössische Kunst
"As soon as a fashion has become general, it has outlived its usefulness" (Maria Freifrau von Ebner-Eschenbach). That is why Galerie Schlichtenmaier seeks the special in art that will endure into the future. Our contemporary artists are unmistakable, exploring the boundaries of traditional genres, which have by no means become obsolete. In a world that has become more complex, they do not point out simple paths, but convincing ones.

Kleiner Schlossplatz, Stuttgart

Schloss Dätzingen, Grafenau 
Schloss Dätzingen Geschichte im pdf-Format

Gallery history

"Learning is like swimming against the current: standing still means going backwards!" (Erich Kästner).
This is the motto under which the three brothers Bert, Harry and Kuno Schlichtenmaier have been working since 1979, after taking over the gallery founded by their father Herbert Schlichtenmaier in 1969. In the former Maltese Castle in Dätzingen (municipality of Grafenau), south of Stuttgart, they found a suitable location for the future development of an art trade into an exhibition gallery. By continuing their art historical knowledge initially in the inherited program with old masters of the 17th to 19th centuries after completing their doctorates in art history at the University of Tübingen in 1982 and 1983, still far from modernism, the three art historians were able to build on a solid foundation. These roots were soon joined by painters of supra-regional importance in art history, such as Carl Rottmann, Adolf von Menzel and Lovis Corinth, alongside selected artists with a more regional connection, such as Friedrich von Keller or the important representatives of Swabian open-air painting, such as Christian Landenberger, Hermann Pleuer and Otto Reiniger. This crossed the threshold into the 20th century and opened the way to the history of the two art academies founded in Baden-Württemberg in Karlsruhe and Stuttgart, in which the three art historians recognized new tasks. What began with gallery catalogs on 14th- and 15th-century book painting led in the 1980s to programmatic exhibition themes such as the Stuttgart New Secession, the Stuttgart Secession, and the Üecht Group with its opposing artistic positions. Exhibitions of the pioneers of this period, Heinrich Altherr and Adolf Hölzel, created the basis for the confrontation with later representatives of classical modernism, such as Willi Baumeister, Julius Bissier or Oskar Schlemmer, which the gallery still represents today.
A further step into the 1950s soon determined the gallery program, with exhibitions that not only highlighted Baumeister's great importance in German postwar art, but also his impact on an artistic avant-garde that found new positions in abstraction after 1945 and achieved international significance far beyond the German southwest in both painting and sculpture - whereas the path taken by HAP Grieshaber and his students (e.g. Horst Antes) in Karlsruhe led from abstracting design to figuration.
Since the opening of the Galerie am Kleinen Schlossplatz in Stuttgart in 2003, the processual development of the gallery's program has also become apparent there in the addition of newly occupied positions in modern and contemporary art after 1945. The list of artists for whose exhibitions the collection of catalogs published by Edition Schlichtenmaier in the meantime has been expanded to 188 during this period alone is considerable: Willi Baumeister, Julius Bissier, Emil Cimiotti, Winfred Gaul, Karl Otto Götz, Peter Brüning, Adolf Hölzel, Camill Leberer, Ernst Wilhelm Nay, Werner Pokorny, Paul Reich, Emil Schumacher. Further catalog editions have been published on artists who have been integrated into the gallery program for some time, such as Max Ackermann, Horst Antes, Otto Baum, Gerlinde Beck, Jürgen Brodwolf, Adolf Fleischmann, HAP Grieshaber, Otto Herbert Hajek, Erich Hauser, Fritz Klemm, Thomas Lenk, Wilhem Loth, Martinmüller, Georg Karl Pfahler or Heinz Schanz. 2019, an anniversary is coming, then the gallery will look back on a 50-year history and its program in cooperation with the gallery team expanded and rejuvenated by Günter Baumann and Kay Kromeier, continue to "forward". (H.S.)


The gallery team

The gallery owners of Galerie Schlichtenmaier are the brothers Bert and Kuno Schlichtenmaier, Günter Baumann and Kay Kromeier. All four of them effectively combine their professional qualifications as doctorate holders in art history or cultural studies with the current requirements of a gallery that operates according to commercial principles.
The scientific commitment of the gallery owners is expressed in exhibition activities, but also in author and publishing activities. Galerie Schlichtenmaier manages estates, advises public and private collections, initiates cooperations with museums and universities, actively participates in advisory boards, juries and associations, prepares expert reports, carries out appraisals, publishes catalogs and maintains a library and a picture archive.

Sonja Schroth M.A.

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