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Dietrich Rünger

* 1939 in Berlin
1958 -1960 Study of Grafics-Design at Fachhochschule Hildesheim.
Since 1999 Painter and Designer in Düsseldorf and S’Arraco at Mallorca.


Rünger talks about „deciphering“the jazz pieces of his favourite records. He tells how he wanted to re – write tones into forms and colours. But don’t let yourself be fooled: Rünger’s art does not explain the music, just as music itself cannot explain music…If jazz speaks of individuality, Rünger’s art is like an individual voice in the band: Not repeating what others have played before, but taking up the atmosphere, playing his own solo. Paintings  don’t swing, they don’t groove either. They are.

Blue notes, colourful paintings. But both you will have to discover yourself…

Wolfram Knauer

President Jazzinstitut Darmstadt

Excerpt Wolfram Knauer from the Catalog Dietrich Rünger “Painted Jazz“ Volume I, Atelier Rünger, Hoffeldstr. 88, 40235 Düsseldorf, Germany

"Something Else"

A special example of this artistic voice of Rünger is his painting „Something Else“ from 2008. It has been painted under the influence of the legendary Blue Note LP of Cannonball Adderley with the same title from 1958  and with Miles Davis and Hank Jones. This huge painting is a deep reaching and typical example for the inner parallels between pictorial and musically expression – the picture completes hearing and adds another dimension to music.

This picture was in the centre of an JazzBaltica exhibition 2008, Hank Jones wa a special guest at the opening and Dietrich Rünger insisted to give a framed scetch as a present to Hank (see below). And with this the cove art work with the same title plus some additional Edition  “takes” of the picture  are a sensitive homage to Hank Jones and round off the Edition Longplay LP “Alone Together” of Hank Jones and Don Friedman in a very special way.

Rainer Haarmann