Jan Voss

Born in 1936 - Germany


Jan Voss was born in Hamburg on 9 October 1936. He studied at the Munich Art Academy from 1956 to 1960. In 1966/67 Voss was a guest lecturer at the Hamburg Art Academy. He was a professor at the École Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris between 1987 and 1992. Work by Voss was shown at the Kunsthalle in Kiel in 1997 and at the Städtische Galerie Villa Zanders in Bergisch Gladbach in 2002. That same year he had a one-man show at Art Cologne to great critical acclaim.

The theme informing Jan Voss's work is 'creating order' in the midst of the perpetually moving chaos of a complex situation. Voss experiments with various different techniques and materials; there are powerfully vibrant works on canvas in saturated colour as well as quiet, narrative works that are more linear than painterly. They contrast sharply with paper reliefs made up collage-like of torn watercolours.

What all Voss works, be they canvases, wood or paper reliefs or even watercolours, have in common is an accumulation of diverse colour and form elements which interlock, intersect and are interlinked by lines, drawings and fragments of drawings.

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Collections publiques
Toulon, musée d'art
Louviers, musée
Landesmuseum, Schleswig-Holstein, Hanovre : Dialogue de sourds
Musée national d'Art moderne Centre Georges-Pompidou
Fonds régional d'art contemporain d'Auvergne
Fonds régional d'art contemporain de Poitou-Charents
Fonds national d'art contemporain de Paris
Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris
Musée Cantini, Marseille
Musée des beaux-arts d'Angers
Neue Galerie deer Stadt Linz
Kunsthalle, Kiel
Sprengel Museum, Hanovre
Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus Munich
Sammlung Ludwig, Aix-la-Chapelle
Musée des beaux-arts de Dunkerque
Musée d'art de Toulon
Musée des beaux-arts de Calais
Moderna Museet, Stockholm
Städtische Galerie Villa Zanders, Bergisch Gladbach
Banque générale du Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Raiffeisen Bank Linz
Museum Würth, Künzelsau
Museum hedendaagse Kunst, Utrecht
Seibu Saison Museum, Karuizawa
Ohara Museum of Art, Kurashiki
Toyama Museum of Modern Art Toyama

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