Karl Hartung

1908
Born in Hamburg.

1923-25
Studies in the studios for sculpture of Carl Briese.

1925
Studies at the Staatliche Schulen f├╝r freie und angewandte Kunst, Hamburg.
Preoccupation with the oeuvre of Rodin and Maillol.

1928
Journeys to Berlin, Dresden, Prague and Vienna.
He gets to know Georg Kolbe.

1929
Visits Berhard Hoetger.
Paris-Scholarship. Stays in Paris until 1932.

1932
Journey to Florence and studies of the Etruscan Art.

1934
Member of the Reichskammer der bildenden K├╝nste. 

1935
First abstract sculpture: "Durchl├Âcherte Form".

1936
Moves to Berlin.
Hides the abstract works.
Dealing with the oeuvre of Henry Moore and Hans Arp.

1939
Journey to Paris, where he meets Constantin Brancusi, Hans Arp and Henri Laurens.

1941
Is drafted for military service, but stationed near Berlin.

1943-44
Partial destruction of his works during a bomb attack.
Journeys to Paris and visits to Picasso, Brancusi and Laurens.

1945
Russian prisoner.

1946
First solo exhibition in the Galerie Gerd Rosen, Berlin.

1948
Founding of the group ┬źZone 5┬╗.

1949
Founding of the ┬źBerliner Neuen Gruppe┬╗ and Membership at the ┬źNeue Gruppe┬╗ in Munich.

1950
Founding of the Deutscher K├╝nstlerbund.
Art Award of Berlin (together with Hans Uhlmann and Bernhard Heiliger).
First large sculptures.

1951
Member of the Munich artist's group ┬źZEN 49┬╗.
Professorship at the Hochschule f├╝r bildende K├╝nste, Berlin.

1952-54
Retrospective Exhibition in Berlin, Hannover, Wuppertal, Hagen, Recklinghausen, Krefeld, Dortmund, Hamburg, Essen, Bremen, Mannheim, K├Âln, Stuttgart.

1954
Cornelius-Award of the City D├╝sseldorf.

1955
Takes over the first chairmanship of the Deutscher K├╝nstlerbund.
documenta I in Kassel.

1959
documenta II in Kassel.

1959-64
Head of the Department of Fine Arts and Deputy Director of the Hochschule f├╝r bildende K├╝nste, Berlin.

1961
Big art award of the state North Rhine-Westphalia for sculpture.

1967
Died in Berlin.

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