Lothar Fischer

Lothar Fischer

Lothar Fischer was one of Germany’s most important sculptors of the post-war period.

Lothar Fischer’s Artistic Development

Lothar Fischer was born on November 8, 1933 in Germersheim (Palatinate) to art teachers Rosa and Max Fischer. The artist was the eldest of three sons.

In 1934, the family moved to Neumarkt, where Lothar Fischer attended school and graduated from high school in 1952. After graduation he successfully applied to the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich. He initially studied art education under Anton Marxmüller, but changed courses after just one year and began studying sculpture under Heinrich Kirchner, who appointed him as a master student in 1955.

Lothar Fischer and Gruppe SPUR

Fischer founded the artists’ group Gruppe SPUR together with the painters Heimrad Prem, Helmut Sturm, and Hans Peter Zimmer in 1957. The artists were focused on both painting and sociopolitical issues, which they believed were firmly linked.

The artists’ activities—the distribution of leaflets, manifestos, and the publication of seven journals—were viewed as artistically and politically provocative and caused the state and the justice system to react violently. As a result, Heimrad Prem, Helmut Sturm, and Hans Peter Zimmer were given suspended sentences for the dissemination of obscene materials.

In 1961 Fischer received a fellowship from the Villa Massimo and spent nine months in Rome. Upon his return, the sculptor began receiving his first public commissions; some of his creations include the fish fountain in Neumarkt and the Chinese fountain in Dietfurt. Lothar Fischer was invited to participate in documenta III in 1964.

The collaboration between the artists’ groups Gruppe SPUR and WIR gave rise to the artist collective GEFLECHT, which was founded in 1966. Lothar Fischer was briefly a member.

Lothar Fischer’s Formal Language

Then artistically independent, the sculptor focused on the concept of the shell as a creative form. Lothar Fischer’s primary theme is the human being in its fundamental positions, but conceived as an elongated and seemingly artificial figure, far removed from a naturalistic representation. Female figures are predominant. Alongside these artificial female figures, Fischer also created male sculptures that were mostly related to an equestrian theme or horses.
The artist worked mainly with clay, but also liked to experiment with other materials such as terracotta, wax, bronze, and iron. In addition to his sculptural works, he also created numerous watercolors and ink drawings.

Significant Moments in Lothar Fischer’s Life

Fischer was appointed as a professor at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin in 1975. In 1990, the State of Rhineland-Palatinate awarded Fischer its Art Prize, which to this day is considered the state’s highest artistic honor. One year later he became a member of the Bayerische Akademie der Schönen Künste in Munich. In 1997, Fischer stopped teaching in Berlin and moved to Baierbrunn. His native town of Neumarkt awarded him its Cultural Prize in 2000. The poet Margret Hölle suggested the idea of opening a museum to showcase the sculptor’s oeuvre in his home town.
Lothar Fischer died in Baierbrunn near Munich on June 15, 2004. Shortly afterwards, on June 19, 2004, the Museum Lothar Fischer was opened in Neumarkt.

Sources: • Museum Lothar Fischer website: https://www.museum-lothar-fischer.de/home.html (last accessed: 10/11/2020) • Komitee SPUR: http://www.komitee-spur.de/gruppe-spur/ (last accessed: 10/11/2020)

1933 — Born November 8th in Germersheim.
1953 — 1958 — studies at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich.
1957 — co-founder of the artists group SPUR.
1960 — Youth Art Prize for Sculpture.
1961 — Villa Massimo scholarship.
1966 — Shortly member of the artist group GEFLECHT.
1975 — 1997 — Professor at the University of the Arts, Berlin.
1990 — Art Prize of the Rhinelandpalatinate.
1991 — Member of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts, Munich.
2000 — Prize of the City of Neumarkt.
2004 —  dies on 15 June in Baierbrunn.

Opening of the Museum Lothar Fischer on 19 June in Neumarkt.

 

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