Over the course of fifty years, from the 1930s until his death in 1983, Von Bruenchenhein lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and produced an expansive oeuvre of poetry, photography, painting, drawing and sculpture. His body of work includes over one thousand colorful, apocalyptic landscape paintings; hundreds of sculptures made from chicken bones, ceramic and cast cement; pin-up style photos of his wife, Marie; plus dozens of notebooks filled with poetic and scientific musings. Never confined to one particular method or medium, Von Bruenchenhein continually repurposed everyday, discarded objects to visually explore imagined past and future realities.

In 1939 he met the woman who would become his future wife and muse – Eveline Kalka. She was 19, he was 29. In 1943 they married and Eveline came to be known as “Marie,” a name she took on in honor of one of Eugene’s favorite aunts. While Von Bruenchenhein worked at a bakery, he and Marie moved into his father’s former storefront at 514 South 94th Place. It was here that Eugene and Marie established an “all-encompassing” world of their own – a world where stages of exotic theaters were mounted, where everyday items were repurposed, and where regenerative creativity reigned.1

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