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Professor Friedrich Gräsel

Professor Friedrich Gräsel

Friedrich Gräsel (May 26, 1927 in Bochum – July 8, 2013 in Osnabrück) was a German sculptor.

From 1943 to 1945 Gräsel did military auxiliary service and military service. After being a prisoner of war and graduating from high school, he studied from 1952 to 1956 at the art academies in Munich and Hamburg, as well as at the University of Hamburg. After the state examination in art education and German studies, he was an art teacher at high schools in North Rhine-Westphalia from 1958 to 1970 and taught from 1970 to 1978 at the University of Education Westphalia-Lippe, Department Münster and at the Comprehensive University Essen. From 1979 to 1984 he was a visiting professor at the Heluan University near Cairo and from 1982 to 1988 he was a professor for sculptural design at the comprehensive university in Essen.

It has existed since 2001 Friedrich Gräsel donation for science and art at the Ruhr University Bochum (RUB). The donation consists of a total of 47 sculptures and drawings from different epochs of his work, including the heart field in cooperation with the history of medicine (University of Heidelberg and RUB).

Friedrich Gräsel was a member of the Deutscher Künstlerbund. He has lived and worked as a freelancer in Bochum since 1988.

He is buried with his wife in Bochum's main cemetery. The design of the tombstone is based on his works of art.

Since 2016, the artistic legacy of Friedrich Gräsel has been managed by VAN HAM Art Estate. These are sculptures, works on paper and outdoor sculptures. The artist's entire oeuvre is compiled in the online catalog raisonné of the Art Estate and can be viewed on the official artist homepage.

1927 born in Bochum - lives and works in Bochum Biography
1952 - 1956 studies at the State Art Colleges in Munich and Hamburg.
1st and 2nd state examination for art education. Has taught and worked at the since 1970
University of Education Münster II, since 1972 at the University of Essen, since 1968
freelancing. Member of the West German and the German Artists' Association
1963 Ceramic sculptures
1964 Stoneware pipe assemblies
1965 AC tube assembly page
1970 Works in steel and stainless steel
1967 sponsorship award for sculpture at the Corenelius Prize, Düsseldorf
1969 first tube landscape, Westfalenpark Dortmund and first large sculpture,
TU Berlin, Straße des 17. Juni, foundation of group B 1
1970 London residency, scholarship from the British Council,
development of road traffic control objects,
Conrad von Soest Prize of the Regional Association of Westphalia-Lippeseit
1970 Investigation of industrial manufacturing processes and aesthetics in environmental design
Development of "functional" sculptures
1971 - 1977 Functional sculptures at the Nord‑West‑Lotto and at the West‑LB, Münster
1973 Tunnel sculpture at the Hamburger Kunsthalle, Glockengiesserwall
1974 - 1979 further investigations in the Ruhr area on art from the workplace in cooperation
with mechanical and steel construction II, Dortmund-Derne, and the Gneisenau colliery,
the Ruhrkohle AG, Essen, the German Mining Museum, Bochum,
the DEW and the SWB, Bochum, and the Ruhrfestspiele, Recklinghausen
1974 - 1975 Construction and commissioning of an experimental field for art teachers
Practice in schools (according to plans from 1971), school center Schmallenberg (Sauerland)
1975 Cooperation with the Art History Institute of the University of Bonn,
"Problems of Contemporary Art", Prof. Dr. Edward Trier
1979 - 1984 guest professor at the Helwari University, Cairo, faculty of applied arts and faculty of art education
1980 and design of noise protection on the federal motorways in Westphalia
1980 JUNIOR prize for art in public space in Germany
1983 Essener Straße urban project, Bochum city and Krupp‑Stahl AG, Bochum
1983 "Disposal Marks" Berlin, Marin-Gropius-Bau
1985 - 1986 Project "Geometric Forest and Double Plastic" at the Textile University of Applied Sciences in Reutlingen
1986 "Kompovision" and "Kubenschall" world premiere, Musiktheater im Revier,
Gelsenkirchen, music performances by Thomas Schürmann with and on
Sculptures by Friedrich Gräsel
1987 Relief and free sculpture for the Chemical and Medical Investigation Office, Kassel
1988 Guest of Honor at Villa Massimo, Rome
1989 Large sculpture "Wind, Sand and Stars", Hommage à A. de Saint‑Exupéry,
Airport Wunstorf
1990 Large sculpture "Dillinger Cube Variation", Dillingen/Saar
"Big Julius" navigation mark, Salzgitter‑See, Saizgitter
1993 - 1994 Large sculpture "RUHRBLAU", Ruhrverband Essen, Duisburg-Kasslorfeld
1994 guest lecture at the University of Mainz and the German Cultural Center in Tokyo
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Sculptures by the river, colored sculptures in the Saaraue by Könen and color drawings in the Konz town hall