Karl Junker was born 1850 as the son of a bricklayer in the city of Lemgo in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. His grandfather took charge of his education after both his parents had died from tuberculosis. At age fifteen he initiated a carpenter's apprenticeship and, having completed his trade exam, began working in Hamburg and Berlin. In 1871 he felt drawn to the art capital of Munich, where he began his studies at the School of Applied Arts and then, in 1875, enrolled at the renowned Academy of Fine Arts. Before having completed his studies, Junker embarked on an educational journey around Italy in 1977, where he spent several years traveling. Here he became particularly interested in the arts, but also in architecture. This becomes evident from his sketchbooks. In 1880 he returned to Munich, where he remained for another three years. From 1883 until his death in 1912, Karl Junker lived in his home town of Lemgo, where he was commissioned for a number of projects. In 1889 and with the help of a master carpenter, Junker handed in his application at the city of Lemgo for the project of a timber frame house.
For over twenty years Junker worked on the design of his "Junkerhaus" on Hamelner Road, where he created chairs, tables, dressers, beds, a grandfather clock and even a baby cradle. Over 115 wooden sculptures, 840 pencil and watercolors drawings and around 200 paintings have survived.
The gallery will show a selection of Karl Junker's fantastic architecture for the first time: two chairs, monumental and rustic at the same time, and the architectural model of a well, a blueprint for the city of Detmold dated from 1899.
Alongside the works of Junkers we will present a selection of gallery artists, whose works reveal a clear fascination with architecture: Horst Ademeit, Paul Goesch, Chris Hipkiss, Foma Jaremtschuk, George Widener and Wesley Willis.
This exhibition was organized in collaboration with the Museum Junkerhaus, Lemgo. We thank the Museum Director Jürgen Scheffler for his kind support.