My way of working, the constructions and materials, wires as thin as hair, require a great deal of time and calm. External influences have always bothered me. Unrest is contrary to my way of working and my works. My way of working and unrest are diametrically opposed.
Günter Haese started drawing and painting as a self-taught artist. At the age of 26 he began studying at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf under Bruno Goller and Edwald Mataré, with other artists like Joseph Beuys, Erwin Heerich, or Georg Meistermann. After some years developing his particular technique, in 1963 he applied to the Junger Westen Art Prize with his first series of sculptures, relatively simple compared to later ones. He won the prize and his career got solid. Surprisingly fast he defined, in the following years, the broad and unique aesthetic vocabulary with which he operated since then. He discovered the mechanical components of watches and clocks as well as other materials as subject and construction elements of his art.
In 1964 he has his first exhibition at Ulmer Museum, which attracts great attention and in that same year, he had a solo exhibition at the MoMA -Museum of Modern Art-, New York. He was also invited to participate in Documenta III, in Kassel, with artists like Hans Arp, Francis Bacon, Max Bill, Constantin Brancusi, Alexander Calder, Charles Eames, Wassily Kandinsky, Joan Miró, Piet Mondrian, and Egon Schiele among others. In the late 1960s his career took off and he started exhibiting his work at Marlborough Fine Art, London, and then represented Germany at the Venice Biennale. In the 1960s and 1970s he had numerous exhibitions in Germany and the United States. He participates in the Sao Paulo Bienale in 1969 and receives the Schleswig-Holstein Prize in 1978. Since 1990 he worked from a studio in Cité des Arts, Paris, France. He dies in Germany in 2016. Galería Elvira González has hosted three exhibitions with Günter Haese.