1923 - Munich - 1982
Günter Fruhtrunk is considered one of the most important German post-war artists. His approach to abstract painting was initiated by his encounter with Willi Baumeister and Julius Bissier in the late 1940s. When Fruhtrunk received a scholarship in 1954, he moved to Paris and worked at the studios of Fernand Léger and Hans (Jean) Arp. In 1955, he showed his works in Paris for the first time at an exhibition of René Drouin's Cercle Volney. Fruhtrunk taught at the Munich art academy and took part in the documenta, which underlines his importance in the German post-war history of art: it was Fruhtrunk who transformed the ideas of Constructivism to a rhythmical pictorial world of radiant colours by creating a dynamic language of form with diagonal lines arranged strictly rhythmically, according to their alternating colours. His most noted work has been reproduced millions of times: the plastic bag for Aldi-Nord, designed in 1970. Numerous works are held by German museums; one of the most comprehensive private collections of Fruhtrunk's works is owned by Maximilian and Agathe Weishaupt.