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Who is Hans-Peter Zimmer?

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By Gwylym Owen

Hans-Peter Zimmer (23 October 1936 in Berlin – 5 September 1992 in Soltau) was a German painter and sculptor. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich.

He formed Gruppe SPUR in 1957 later the painters Heimrad Prem, Helmut Sturm and the sculptor Lothar Fischer. After a joint exhibition at the Pavillon im Alten Botanischen Garten in Munich, they met the Danish performer and philosopher Asger Jorn, who linked them in the works with the Galerie Van de Loo which exhibited them.

In 1959 the group allied the Situationist International. In 1961 they were banned from the Haus der Kunst (House of Art) by the Bavarian Minister of Culture. In 1962 they were indicted for pornography and blasphemy. They were expelled from the Situationist International that year.

The bureau SPUR broke occurring in 1966. In the thesame year, Zimmer and Helmut Sturm founded Gruppe Geflecht, but Zimmer lost fascination in the group happenings soon and started a solo career. He completed studies in Hamburg and München. In 1982, he began be active as a professor for painting at the HBK Braunschweig.

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