03.10.2021 – 16.01.2022

A modern Classic

In the mid 1970s Scottish artist Douglas Swan (1930–2000) began living in Bonn where he worked in the immediate vicinity of August Macke's former home and studio. For 90th anniversary of Douglas Swan's birth the August Macke House Museum is honouring him with the first major retrospective of his work.

Douglas Swan increasingly refined the method of repeating and varying rendered objects in his pictures. He also included principles of musical composition, such as sonata and fugue structures, in his designs and applied them in some of his works in the 1980s, varying the masterpieces of famous artists such as Jan Vermeer and August Macke. In the 1990s Swan produced works highlighting the music of famous composers such as Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven. 

Douglas Swan's impressive oeuvre spans the second half of the twentieth century. Ever conscious of his Scottish and Celtic roots, he was also strongly integrated into Germany's art scene. In the light of their high artistic quality and artistic validity, the best works of Douglas Swan can be classified as timeless – and in this sense he is a modern classic.

Curator: Dr. Axel Wendelberger

Douglas Swan, Studio Couch + Brushes, 1998
Mischtechnik, Collage auf Bütten
Privatsammlung Marianne Hennemann
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021

Douglas Swan, Variations on the ›Hutladen‹ 1913 from August Macke, 1989
Öl auf Leinwand, 110 x 110 cm
Privatbesitz © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021