Manfred Stumpf

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Manfred Stumpf
Stumpf Mosaik 1.jpg
Mosaic at Habsburgerallee (Underground station), Frankfurt am Main, 2010
Born (1957-11-25) November 25, 1957 (age 60)
Alsfeld, West Germany
Nationality German
Education Städelschule
Known for Sculpture, Drawing
Notable work Entry into Jerusalem, 1986
Movement Contemporary art
Awards Reinhold Kurt-Kunstpreis der Frankfurter Sparkasse, Marielies Hess-Kunstpreis

Manfred Stumpf (born November 25, 1957 in Alsfeld, Hesse) is a German draftsman, Conceptual artist, and Digital artist. He started to study 1976 with Thomas Bayrle at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main, since 1978 with Hans Haake at the Cooper Union in New York, and since 1979 with Bazon Brock at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria. He currently resides in Romrod in the Vogelsbergkreis and Frankfurt, Germany.

In 1995, Stumpf became professor for figure drawing and conceptual drawing in the faculty for Visual Communication and is leading interdisciplinary projects with Prof. Dieter Mankau at the HfG Offenbach.


"Searching for a mandatory, symbolic visual depiction, Stumpf discovered early Christianity and the Byzantine Art. He uses these conventionalized symbols for his art and fills them with actual topics."[1]

Stumpf's developed icon "Entry into Jerusalem" (1986) emerged from there and has been sent—during the project "Contempler"—in a container around the world and is still varied by him until today.

Right from the start, Stumpf used the technical pen Rotring to work on his clear, flawless and filigree A-4-drawings.[2] As to develop new visual depictions, he used a computer later as well—e.g. the screensaver Angeline (1994/96)—and so moved into a "spiritual/virtual" world.

In 1987, he dissolved the element of the palm leaf from his icon and transferred it onto wooden objects, covered them with red paint and placed them in his hometown Alsfeld on an acre, near the Autobahn A5 as hieratic signs.

The donkey from "Entry into Jerusalem" lives an independent life as a motif as well, for example on the huge mosaic at the underground station Habsburgerallee in Frankfurt am Main, where he carries a clock, a computer display or an atomic nucleus.[4] The mosaic was created in 1992 and displays 66 donkeys on a ca. 7874-inch wall area.[5]

In 2005, Stumpf created a stained glass window for the Waldhufen church in Winterkasten (Germany), which represents the "Resurrection of Jesus at Easter". The colors of the window "symbolize the transition from the dark to the light in everybodys life." [6]

There is a long tradition to the usage of the line. We can track it from the Egyptian Hieroglyphs with its clear and sharp outlines to Middle Age Paintings, along drawings of Romanticism, the Pop Art, until today.


  • 1991 Stipendium der Agency for Cultural Affairs (Bunkacho), Tokyo
  • 1989 Villa Massimo, Rome
  • 1985 Stipendium für junge Bildende Künstler, Alsfeld
  • 1982 Jahresstipendium der Frankfurter Künstlerhilfe e.V.


  • 1988 Reinhold Kurt-Kunstpreis der Frankfurter Sparkasse
  • 2015 Marielies Hess-Kunstpreis

Exhibitions (Selection)[edit]

  • 2000 Dreamcity, Munich
  • 2001 Super Rio Projekt, Frankfurt am Main
  • 2006 "Der goldene Schritt", Kunsthalle Gießen / Popstei Oberhessen, Gießen / Neuer Kunstverein, Gießen
  • 2007 "NAHES IM FERNROHR", together with Laura Baginski, Galerie Sima, Nuremberg
  • 2008 "Zeit zum Palmen", Kunstverein Familie Montez, Frankfurt am Main
  • 2009 "P(r)ay", Galerie Appel, directed by Brigitte Schäfer, Frankfurt am Main
  • 2009 "Die Gegenwart der Linie" Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich
  • 2010 "Christusfiguren", 1. Alsfelder Kulturtage
  • 2011 "Fragile Helden", Kunstverein Familie Montez, Frankfurt am Main
  • 2012 "Bricklebrit" – Neuronautik im Techno-Kapitalismus, Galerie La Brique, Frankfurt am Main
  • 2013 "Tie-Break" – Manfred Stumpf and Laura Baginski, Main Triangel, Frankfurt am Main
  • 2013 "Atom and Eve", mit Michael Höpfel und Bazon Brock, Denkerei, Berlin
  • 2013 "Eat me", Evangelische Akademie Frankfurt at the Epiphanias Kirche, Frankfurt am Main
  • 2014 "Manfred Stumpf", Galerie Martina Detterer, Frankfurt am Main

Collections (Selection)[edit]

See also[edit]


  • Manfred Stumpf, Jean-Christoph Amman (Hrsg.), Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, "Sketchbook for the icon 'Entry into Jerusalem'", Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern, 1996, ISBN 3-89322-856-X
  • Manfred Stumpf, "OKTOGON", Museum Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden, 1987
  • Manfred Stumpf; Thomas Trescher, "Palm", Edition Wilk, Frankfurt am Main, 1987
  • Manfred Stumpf, "Manfred Stumpf, Der heilige Kosmonaut, Zeichnungen", Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt am Main, 1985?
  • Manfred Stumpf, "Der heilige Kosmonaut, Zeichnungen", Edition Wilk, Frankfurt am Main, 1984
  • Domenig, Krüger, Sanovec, Sommer, Stumpf, "Domenig, Krüger, Sanovec, Sommer, Stumpf: Malerei, Zeichnung, Film", Galerie Ak, Frankfurt am Main, 1983
  • Hendricks, Deren, Stumpf, "Zeichnungen von Hendricks, Deren, Stumpf", Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund, 1985

Mosaic at Habsburgerallee (Underground station), Frankfurt am Main, 2010)


  1. ^ Ismail, Nadia, "Entry into Jerusalem", Artothek im Bonner Kunstverein Bestandskatalog, 8/2002
  2. ^ Growe, Bernd, "Manfred Stumpf", Prospect 86, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Catalog Pg. 211, September 1986
  3. ^ Grether, Reinhold, "Ungesäuerte Brote – New Signs from Frankfurt?", Wolkenkratzer Art Journal, No. 6, Pg. 20–33, 1987
  4. ^ Hohmann, Silke, "Loaded with material and plight of everyday life", Frankfurter Rundschau / Kulturspiegel, 2000-08-07
  5. ^ "31st of May: 15 years ago the Underground section Zoo - Enkheim has been inaugurated",, 2007-05-30
  6. ^, "Daheim ist Daheim" Archived 2007-10-27 at, Evangelische Sonntagszeitung, 2005-05-22

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