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Friedrich Vordemberge-Gildewart at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Krakow

2 July 2018

Born in 1899, from the very beginning of the artistic career on which he had embarked in the mid-1920s, the German artist Friedrich Vordemberge-Gildewart consistently pursued the path of abstraction, regardless of the medium in which he was operating at any given time. He studied architecture, interior design and sculpture in Hanover; in the history of art he is mainly regarded as a painter. Apart from these four specialisms, he also undertook graphic design projects and typographic commissions and was a lecturer as well as the author of poetic texts and essays on art.

The exhibition is accompanied by a sizeable publication, which is divided into text and album. It contains statements by Arta Valstar-Verhoff, who has been involved with the artist’s oeuvre since the mid-1980s, and Dietrich Helms, Professor Emeritus in Art, University of Fine Arts in Hamburg, who was the first to undertake comprehensive research of the artist’s legacy, both representing the Vordemberge-Gildewart Foundation. 

Image: Friedrich Vordemberge-Gildewart, K 194, 1953, oil on canvas, 50 × 60 cm, photo: copyright Vordemberge-Gildewart Foundation, Switzerland

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