ARTISTS / Art after 1945
Hann Trier

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1915born in Kaiserswerth near Düsseldorf
1934-38Studies at the Düsseldorf Art Academy
1939Completion of studies with the state examination in Berlin
1939-41military service
1941-44works as a technical draftsman in Berlin
1944/45renewed military service
1946works as a stage designer in Nordhausen
1946studio in Bonn
1952-55extensive travels to South America Colombia, Mexico, finally also in New York
1955/56Lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts in Hamburg
1955Participation in documenta 1
1957-1980Professor and then director of the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin
1959Participation in documenta II
1964Participation in documenta III
1968Studio in Italy
1989Cross of Merit of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
1999died in Castiglione/Tuscany
In the mid-1950s Hann Trier, who had been retrained as a right-handed artist, became aware that the use of only one hand, accompanied by gestural impulses, could only ever bring in half of the body. Thus he arrives at working with two arms/hands and at the typical structures characterized by an axis of symmetry. After all, when dancing, a person does not hop on only one leg. Dancing, triggered in particular by his stay in Colombia from 1952 to 1955, became an important impulse for liberation for him. Hann Trier: "I wanted to give in to the impulse of these dances and dance with the brush on the surface like them".
From the end of the 1950s, the lines move on the same plane with the painting surface. From this develops the interweaving of gestural movement (line), painting ground (space) and color substance (matter) so typical of Trier's work. Matter and movement become identical and movement transforms matter. 
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