Joachim Gutsche learned the profession of a technical draftsman during the years of the Second World War, until 1945 he completed his war service, in 1946 he was taken prisoner by the British, after which he worked as a technical draftsman in the Crossener paper factory. In 1950 he attended the painting class at the Robert Schumann Academy in Zwickau and subsequently took up studies in painting at the West Berlin Academy of Fine Arts. There he studied with the painters Hans Uhlmann, Hans Jaenisch, Hans Kuhn and Bernhard Dörries.In 1959 he successfully completed his studies, and from 1960-1963 he was a member of Bernhard Dörries’ staff for color design and art in buildings.

An experience changed his life and work far-reaching. In 1953, the Zwickau-born artist had lent his passport to fellow students who were buying photographic equipment in East Berlin. After that, he came to the attention of the Stasi. In 1954, he was sent to the Dresden-Klotzsche prison labor camp for 26 months. After that, he believed he was being persecuted and poisoned. Productive periods of work followed, alternating with mental breakdowns. Joachim Gutsche worked in seclusion throughout his life.

His works were shown in solo exhibitions such as the art show at the Paula Modersohn-Becker-Haus in Bremen in 1964, at the Bildungszentrum in Gelsenkirchen in 1974, at the Wertheim Gallery in Berlin in 1977, at the Rathaus-Galerie in Berlin-Neukölln in 1981, as well as in group exhibitions such as the Große Berliner Kunstausstellung in 1960, in the “1. Mai-Salons” at the Haus am Lützowplatz in 1974, 1981 and 1983, and in “Malerei Materialbilder” at the Haus am Kleistpark in 1982. In posthumous solo exhibitions, his paintings were shown in “Obsessive Poesie” at Galerie Hauff & Auvermann in Berlin in 2014 and “Gebrochene Identität” at Kunsthaus Dahlem in 2016.






1946-1951 Work as a technical draughtsman in the Crossen paper factory

1949/50 Studied painting at the Robert Schumann Academy in Zwickau

1951 Rejected from the Berlin-Weißensee Academy of Arts due to “formalistic” views on art

Studies painting at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in West Berlin and receives a residence permit for West-Berlin for the duration of his studies

1957 Moves to Berlin-Charlottenburg and resumes his art studies, which he completes two years later

1960 Permanent residence permit for West-Berlin

1960-1963 Work for color design and Kunst am Bau with Bernhard Dörries

Exhibitions (selection)


Joachim Gutsche, Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin


Joachim Gutsche. Gebrochene Identität, Galerie Fango, Kulturforum Cottbus e.V. and Kunsthaus Dahlem, Berlin


Hauff & Auvermann, Berlin


Galerie Berlin-Baku, Berlin


Graphothek City Charlottenburg, Berlin


1. Mai-Salon: Mai 1933 – Mai 1983, Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin

Berliner Künstler in Traben-Trarbach, Gemeinschaftshaus in der Gropiusstadt, Berlin Jahresrückblick ’83, Kunstamt Charlottenburg, Berlin


Malerei Materialbilder, Haus am Kleistpark, Berlin (with Marca America, Narendra Kumar Jain, Jürgen Tenz and Roderich Thiele)


Kunstamt Neukölln, Rathaus-Galerie, Berlin

1. Mai-Salon: Frieden und Abrüstung, Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin


Ausstellung an der Volkshochschule im Haus am Grünen Ring, Herne


Galerie Wertheim, Berlin


1. Mai-Salon: 1. Mai 1945. 1. Mai 1975. Dreißig Jahre Frieden, Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin


Ausstellung im Bildungszentrum Gelsenkirchen, Gelsenkirchen

Querschnitt ’74, Kunstamt Berlin-Tempelhof


Große Berliner Kunstausstellung Hilton-Kolonnaden, Berlin

Frühjahrsausstellung Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover

Galerie Schüler, Berlin

Weihnachtsausstellung Bremer Werkschau, Bremen

Europäischer Kunstverein Kampen, Sylt

Gemeinschaftsausstellung Berliner Künstler in Belgium

Kunstschau, Paula-Becker-Modersohn-Haus, Bremen