Hermann Glöckner – Works 1909–1985
Hermann Glöckner: Self-portrait Facing Right, Spotted, approx. 1924; © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn; Photo: Bernd Kuhnert, Berlin
Self-portrait Facing Right, Spotted, approx. 1924
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Photo: Bernd Kuhnert, Berlin

Hermann Glöckner (1889 – 1987) is one of the most significant – although not of the prominent – artists who lived in the German Democratic Republic (former East Germany) and have created lasting works of art in terms of art history.
Hermann Glöckner was deeply attached to the city of his birth, Dresden, all his life, and never left it. Although he was obliged to work for the most part isolated for decades in the political culture of the East German state, his work always possessed an aura of attraction that gained attention. It is characterized by the constant change between the representative and the abstract, in particular, however, by the systematic search for regularities of form in visual perception. The ifa exhibition comprises a total of 84 objects of art – mostly works on paper from nearly all his periods of work – and gives insight into the considerable oeuvre of Hermann Glöckner, into the thematic and technical variety of his art and techniques. In addition to expressive drawings, portraits and landscapes from the early realistic period of the 1920s, there are also observations of reality in their constructivistic metamorphosis. The artist experimented with non-representative and geometric construction, folded collages, constructive field paintings, curving gestures, spontaneous and informal works, collages as well as a three-dimensional object.

  • 1889
    born in Cotta near Dresden
  • 1923
    studied at the Dresden Kunstakademie (Academy of Art)
  • 1950
    ceased conventional painting and began to work with paper as an artistic medium
  • 1987    
    died in (at that time) West Berlin
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  • Artists' Film Database

Exhibition catalogue

Hermann Glöckner. Werke 1909–1985. – Stuttgart: Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa), 1993. – 142 pp.

Hermann Glöckner

Werke 1909–1985. – Stuttgart: Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa), 1993. – 142 pp. – German with an insert in English


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This exhibition is only offered as a loan.