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Horst Janssen Museum Oldenburg

The many sides to Janssen's artistic talent form the focus of this museum in Lower Saxony that offers a unique look at his work and the man behind it across an exhibition space of 1,000 square metres.

The museum, dedicated to the visual arts on paper, is named after Horst Janssen (1929–1995), the artist known for his drawings, prints, etchings, wood engravings, posters, illustrations and writing. He grew up in Oldenburg in the north of Germany and was later buried in the city too. The exhibition provides a fascinating look at the work and personality of the headstrong artist. During the second half of the 20th century, Janssen created an impressive variety of masterpieces on paper. The artist is the master of graphic art, as evidenced by his anecdotal wood engravings from the late 1950s, his fine line drawings, his technically brilliant etchings and his late expressive watercolours.

The Horst Janssen Museum hosts temporary exhibitions showcasing the finest examples of the artist's incredible self-portraits, lovingly drawn floral still lifes, raw and revealing portraits and erotically charged "drawings of the flesh". Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday: 10 am–6 pm

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