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Tuberies, Building Blocks, Feather Growth
  • © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
    • Heinz Trökes (1913 - 1997)

  • TitleTuberies, Building Blocks, Feather Growth
  • Date1946
  • CategoryGemälde
  • MaterialÖl auf Leinwand
  • Dimensions60 x 70 cm (Bildmaß), 68,7 x 76,7 x 4 cm (Rahmenmaß)
  • Signaturesigniert unten links: "Trökes"
  • Inventory NumberBG-M 6565/93
  • CreditlineSchenkung des Künstlers, Berlin, 1989
  • On DisplayNo

Heinz Trökes represents so-called Berlin Post-War Surrealism
more strikingly than any other artist. He worked in a completely
different way, however, to the famous Salvador Dalí, for
instance. Classic Surrealists like Dalí explored the subconscious
in order to create strange, surreal worlds on canvas that did not
exist in external reality. But Trökes was referring to a surrealism
that could literally be found “on the streets” after the war.
The obscure beings, building blocks and elements of walls or
fences in his paintings resulted from the re-arrangement of
things he had actually seen. Shifting spatial boundaries, cut-off
tiled floors, and broken structures corresponded to the reality in
a totally bombed-out Berlin after 1945. And even when he piled
up apparently incompatible elements this was a reflection of
early attempts to improvise useful objects from parts of the