ARTISTS / Art after 1945
Rolf-Gunter Dienst

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1942Born in Kiel
1960co-editor of the magazine Rhinozeros
1960-65published the avant-garde, experimental art and literature magazine with his brother in their own publishing house
1965-91editor of the magazine Das Kunstwerk, published in Baden-Baden
1965-70Member of the artist group SYN (with Bernd Berner, Klaus Jürgen-Fischer and Eduard Micus)
1968Villa Romana Prize, Florence
1971-72a scholarship at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris
 Several national and international guest lectureships (New York 1966-68, Braunschweig 1969, Frankfurt/Main 1970, Sydney 1976-77, Stuttgart 1989-90)
1979Villa Massimo Prize, Rome
1982Prize Artist in Baden-Baden of the Society of Friends of Young Art Baden-Baden
1991Cross of Merit on Ribbon of the Federal Republic of Germany
1992-2008Professorship for painting at the Academy of Fine Arts Nuremberg
2007Hans Thoma Prize of the State of Baden-Württemberg
2016died in Baden-Baden
1969Von der Heydt Museum Wuppertal, State Art Gallery Baden-Baden
1988Kunsthalle Kiel, Wilhelm Hack Museum Ludwigshafen, Haus am Waldsee Berlin
1992Museum am Ostwall Dortmund
1998Von der Heydt Museum Wuppertal
2000Gallery Appel and Troschke Frankfurt
2001Kunsthalle Kiel
2002Kunstmuseum Bayreuth, Galerie Appel Frankfurt, Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Museum für neue Kunst Freiburg, Kunsthalle Baden-Baden
 Kunsthalle Kiel, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Museum Morsbroich Leverkusen, Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern, Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg, Wilhelm Hack-Museum Ludwigshafen.
Since the beginning of his artistic work, Rolf-Gunter Dienst has used color as a picture-determining and sensually stimulating element. On closer inspection, the images reveal themselves as a tangle of abbreviations repeated like lines, reminiscent of East Asian characters, but naming or directly depicting nothing. The macro- and microstructure, which unite to form an overall sound, provoke a change of perspective. On (or under?) the pulsating surface, the scriptural abbreviations claim the viewer's attention, slowing his gaze and directing it to the energetic and narrative details.
After a phase in the 1970s and 1980s in which color increasingly evaporated and almost monochrome images emerged, the works of the last 15 years radiate a refreshing vitality, characterized by the dialogue of color surfaces and bands lying next to and among each other. 
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