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Born in Lubeck (Germany) in 1935, Peter Klasen arrived in Paris in 1959, he lives and works in Vincennes since 1985.
A committed, rebellious artist, his works evoke industrial society, a smooth world in which the artist plays with multiple signs and objects: far-away inaccessible beauties, sensual mouths, concrete walls, metal objects, kitchen utensils, industrial machines, manometers, circuit breakers, ammeters, dials, wheels, pipes, pictograms and key words: poison / radioactive / corrosive ...
A major artist in Narrative Figuration, Peter Klasen through photography, painting, sculpture, three-dimensional installations, also represents an acute and demanding awareness of contemporary life.
His work crystallises anxieties, brings together symptoms while provoking reflection and liberating the imagination. Both collage and trompe - l'oeil, his creations are inspired by urban reality, his signs, his codes, his coldness and his hardness.
Peter Klasen's originality lies in the intention behind his work and the material of his choice to express it (work from photography).
Contemporary artist in his means and his research Peter Klasen also wants to be a watchman of contemporary life. He wants to underline the ambivalence, the inseparable and contrary aspects: the fascination and the seduction that it exerts by its efficiency, and the obvious or hidden dangers that it conceals.
His work has been the subject of several public commissions: wall mural for the Sncf station at the Musée d'Orsay (1987), wall mural for the Forum des Halles and the Lille City Hall (1988), Silkscreen for the bicentenary of the Revolution (1989) ...
But it did not fail to attract investors and private patrons: mural for the parking of La Défense (1994), mural for Factory Prat Europa ...
His works are exhibited all over the world and appear in numerous public, institutional and private collections (National Library in Paris, Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris, National Museum of Modern Art - Center Georges Pompidou, Paris, Moma New York, as well as in many modern and contemporary art museums around the world: London, Tokyo, Seoul, Berlin, Mexico City, Geneva, Vienna, Brussels ...)