Saturday, July 29, 2017

Markus Lüpertz gets permission to paint controversial subway murals drawn from the bible

By Henri Neuendorf

KARLSRUHE, DE---The artist Markus Lüpertz has won a commission to create a multipart mural depicting the story of Genesis in the subway stations of the German town of Karlsruhe. After months of heated debate, the city council gave the project the green light on Tuesday. But not everyone is pleased with the decision. Anton Goll, a former ceramics manufacturing executive, campaigned to have the artist transform advertising spaces in the city’s seven underground stations into a series of large-tiled ceramic mosaics presenting the creation story. The stations—which are currently under construction—are scheduled to be finished in four years. [More]
German painter and sculptor Markus Lüpertz. Photo: Henning Kaiser/AFP/Getty Images.