Werner Tübke

* 1929 Schönebeck / Elbe
† 2004 Leipzig

Foto: Armin Kühne, Leipzig
1929 Born on July 30th in Schönebeck/Elbe as only son of a merchant family
1935-45 School attendance in Schönebeck; private drawing lessons with Karl Friedrich starting 1939/40
1945-46 Innocently imprisoned for 10 month by Russian security forces during the occupation in East Germany
1946-47 Painting apprenticeship in Schönebeck with attendance at the Masters Program for the German Crafts in Magdeburg.  Subjects in drawing and painting
1947-48 Final year in Schönebeck and high school exam (Abitur)
1948-49 Studies at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig (among others with Elisabeth Voigt, Walter Arnold, Ernst Hassebrauk)
1950-52 Studies in Art and Psychology at the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University in Greifswald; State examination in Art
1952-54 Scientific Assistant in the Department of Visual Arts, Zentralhaus für Laienkunst, Leipzig; 1954 Joined the Society of Visual Arts (German Democratic Republic) and debut exhibition
1955-57 Assistant, in 1956 Associate Professor at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig
1957 Suspension from work for political reasons
1958 Contest winner for the design of several wall paintings in the hotel "Astoria", Leipzig on the subject "Five Continents"
1959-61 Began participation in the Executive Art Committees in Leipzig; first honors received for his professional achievements
1961-1962 Studies in the former Soviet Union (St. Petersburg, Moscow, Middle Asia, Caucasus)
1962 Re-hired as Associate Professor at the University of Art in Leipzig; 1964 Appointment to Docent
1965-67 Painting sequel "Dr. jur. Schulze’s Life Memories"; Officially criticized for metaphoric and symbolic content
1968 Decision by the Senate of the University of Art in Leipzig to expel Werner Tübke is retracted due to intense student protests
1970 Contest winner for monumental mural design "Working Class and Intelligentsia" for the Rector’s Building of the University of Leipzig (completed in 1973)
1971 First trip to Italy and first single exhibitions abroad (Milan, Brescia, Rome, Modena, Florence); Beginning of international recognition
1972 Appointment to Full Professor at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig; Gold Medal at the International Graphics Biennial in Florence, second trip to Italy
1973-76 President at the University of Art in Leipzig
1974 Head of a Master’s program for painting; third trip to Italy
1974-75 Polyptych for the Republic’s Palace in East Berlin on the topic “Man – The measure of all things” (uncompleted)
1976 Contract signing for the execution of the monumental Panorama painting to commemorate the German Peasant War in Bad Frankenhausen/Thuringia.  Multiple trips to France and West Germany
1977 Participation at the Documenta 6 in Kassel/West Germany. First Prize for his exhibition at the East bloc Triennial for Painting in Sofia/Bulgaria
1980 Käthe-Kollwitz-Prize presented by the East German Academy of Arts; Trips to Italy, St. Petersburg, Bulgaria and West Germany
1981 Trip to Switzerland; Completion of the 1:10 version of the Panorama painting for Bad Frankenhausen
1982 Elected member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Arts; Travels to Greece, Spain, Moscow and West Germany
1983 Member of the East German Academy of Arts (opted out in 1992); Trips to West Germany, Sweden and Austria
1984 Visiting professor at the International Summer Academy in Salzburg (drawing class); Trips to Stockholm, Nuremberg and Ravensberg where he meets Martin Walser
1985 Honorary Doctorate granted by the University of Leipzig, Travels to Italy, Switzerland and West Germany
1986 Trips to France, Bulgaria, Moscow and West Germany (Meeting with Horst Janssen in Hamburg)
1987 Completion of the Panorama Painting in Bad Frankenhausen (started in 1983)
1988 Honorary membership in the Academy of Arts of the USSR and membership in the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (opted out in 1992); Trips to Austria and the United States
1989 Inauguration of the Panorama Museum in Bad Frankenhausen in September
1989/90 Travels to Switzerland, Sweden and Istrien
1990-93 Conceptual design for the eight-piece stage settings and costumes of a "Freischütz"- production at the Opera house in Bonn
1993-96 Work at the winged altar of the Church St. Salvatoris in Clausthal-Zellerfeld in the Oberharz region (altar consecration April 1997); Trips to Italy (Ischia, Capri), Belgium and Austria
1999 Retrospective in the Panorama Museum in Bad Frankenhausen; Travels to Rome and Tenerife
2000 Stay in Capri/Italy
2001-02 Several trips to Italy
2003 Seriously ill, Werner Tübke exclusively devotes to drawing
2004 Werner Tübke dies in Leipzig on May 27