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In the organizer's words:

Jean Leppien is one of the most important abstract artists of the post-war period. With his eventful biography, he is representative of many artistic fates and careers. His last painting from 1991 shows a partially overpainted mailbag from the German Federal Post Office - the processing of his emigration and the significance of writing and receiving letters are one possible interpretation.

Leppien's paintings show connections to the museum's collection in many different ways, for example to Paul Klee and Willi Baumeister. In particular, Leppien's differentiated treatment of color and material, which can hardly be seen in reproductions, becomes visible in this presentation with eleven originals from the years 1946 to 1991.

In the fall of 2023, the Sprengel Museum Hannover received a donation from the estate of the French-German artist Jean Leppien (Lüneburg 1910 to 1991 Paris/Boulogne). Jean Leppien's heirs, in particular the recently deceased Senator h.c. Thomas Leppien and his wife Karin Leppien, have gratefully acknowledged the ongoing exploration of his oeuvre, which reached its first high point with the exhibition at the Sprengel Museum in 2011.

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Sprengel Museum Hannover Kurt-Schwitters-Platz 1 30169 Hannover