After his return to Germany, his first solo exhibition was held at the Galerie Schmela in Düsseldorf in 1959. That same year, the New York gallerist Georges Stümpfli bought six of Klapheck’s paintings and showed them together with works by Yves Klein and Lucio Fontana. Konrad Klapheck enjoyed an international reputation from this point, and his works have been exhibited in many renowned contemporary art galleries. Lilo Lang and Konrad Klapheck married in 1960, the same year that he was awarded the Förderpreis zum Großen Kunstpreis (Grand Art Prize Advancement Award) of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. It is the only award the artist has ever accepted. Thanks to the art critic José Pierre, Klapheck was able to join the circle of Surrealists in Paris and took part in the final major Surrealist exhibition at Galerie L’Oeil in Paris in 1965. The following year, the Kestner Society in Hanover presented the first retrospective of Klapheck’s oeuvre. The artist participated in documenta 4 in Kassel in 1968.
Konrad Klapheck, documenta, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf
The hyperrealism art movement (also known as superrealism) lent the artist’s work a new currency. Klapheck’s works have been shown in several exhibitions dedicated to this art movement. In 1976 the artist was appointed as a professor of free painting at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, a position he would hold until 2002. In 1977 the artist took part in documenta 6. From 1992, the artist began to turn away from the machine motifs that had previously defined his work and began to draw portraits of his friends, colleagues and notable figures from the art world. He eventually abandoned his primary motifs of objects and machines and devoted himself entirely to painting nudes. His depictions of machines and devices are often precise, large in scale, and seemingly realistic. The ironic and somewhat alienating titles of the works, however, suggest a surreal interpretation and iconization of the subject. Konrad Klapheck lives and works in Düsseldorf.
Sources: • https://www.nrw-museum.de/kuenstler/konrad-klapheck.html (last accessed: 08/12/2020)