Artist, Berlin/ Düsseldorf
1948 Family emigrates to Rheydt, Rhineland in the West
1956-1961 Studies at the Werkkunstschule Krefeld with Laurens Goosens and educational stay at Kloster Maria Laac (Kreuzigungsbilder); works as a coalminer for one year; further studies in Krefeld and at the Academie Düsseldorf; works in road construction; travels to Paris
1962 Moves to Berlin and begins series of "Dithyrambic" paintings
1964 Opens Galerie Grossgörschen 35 in Berlin with the exhibition Dithyrambische Malerei
1966 Publishes "Art that gets in the way. Dithyrambic Manifesto."
1968 Publishes the manifesto "The Grace of the 20th Century is rendered visible by the dithyrambs I have invented"
1970 Lives for one year in Florence on a prize from the Villa Romana
1971 Awarded German Critic s Association Prize
1974 Participates in the 1st Berlin Biennale Guest lecturer and professor at the Staatlichen Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Karlsruhe
1975 Publishes first collection of poems, "9 x 9"
1977 Completes wall painting for the Ruhleben crematorium in Berlin Withdraws participation in documenta 6
1981 Publishes collection of poems "und ich spiele, ich spiele..."
1982 Participates in documenta 7; completes stage design for the opera "Vincent" by Rainer Kunad at the Staatstheater Kassel; publishes collection of poems "Ich stand vor der Mauer aus Glas"
1983 Designs set for the opera "Werther" by Jules Massenet at the Ulm Theater
1961-1983 Teaches at the Sommerakademie in Salsburg Publishes the anthology "Gedichte, Auswahl"
1984 Travels to New York, publishes "New York Diary 1984"; on the occasion of the exhibition in the Wiener Sezession, publishes the Text "Bleiben Sie sitzen Heinrich Heine".
1986 Professorship at the Staatlichen Kunstakademie Düsseldorf
1989-1990 Designs church windows for the gothic choir in the cathedral in Nevers, France;
1990 Receives Lovis Corinth Prize of the Artist's Guild, Esslingen
1991 Designs set and costumes for the opera "The Storm" by Frank Martin at the Bremen Theater Publishes book "Poems and Lithographs"
1999 Begins work on "Vanitas" cycle
2000 Provides three sculptures for Palace Bensberg First presentation of the "Vesper" cycle in the exhibition Lost Paradise Lost
2005 Completes first of twelve cathedral windows for "Machabäerchor" at St. Andreas Cathedral, Cologne