ARTISTS / Art after 1945
Bernhard Heiliger

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1915born in Szczecin
stone sculptor apprenticeship
Training at the Werkschule für Gestaltende Arbeiten (school of design)
1938-41studies at the Berlin Academy of Fine Arts with Arno Breker and Richard Scheibe
1939travels to Paris, where he meets Aristide Maillol and studies works by the sculptors Hans Arp and Constantin Brancusi
from 1945freelance sculptor in Berlin
1947-49lecturer at the College of Applied Arts in Berlin-Weißensee
1949-89Lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin
1956Participation in the Venice Biennale
great art award of North Rhine-Westphalia
1955/59/64participation in documenta 1,II and III
from 1969experiments with new materials such as aluminum, plastics, wood, marble and steel
1974Grand Cross of Merit of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
1975Lovis Corinth Prize
1995died in Berlin
While Bernhard Heiliger's early sculptures, created in the 1940s and 1950s, are reminiscent in their aesthetic of works by Henry Moore, his subsequent works tend toward free abstraction. Heiliger broke away from the human figure in the 1960s and created vegetal, broken-up structures that echoed the non-objective art of European Informel.
Heiliger himself summarized his artistic objective with the following words: "Sculpture is not a game with aesthetic forms; sculpture is banished vitality and spatial reality. Groping cautiously, it grows into space, blossoms vegetatively in it, or pushes dynamically against it with great pulsations, or floats transcendently through it."
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