Friedhard Kiekeben

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a digital panorama by Friedhard Kiekeben

Exhibition at Grosvenor Museum, Chester

Dates:  12 November 2005 – 15 January 2006

Press Photocall:  Friday 11 November, 2.00pm, Grosvenor Museum

Museum Contact:  Peter Boughton, Keeper of Art and Architecture,

Tel 01244 402024, Email

Artist Contact:  Friedhard Kiekeben, Tel 01244 375444 ext 3035, 

Email, Website

A striking new exhibition of cutting-edge contemporary art opens at Chester’s Grosvenor Museum on 12 November and runs until 15 January.  “DEVA:  a digital panorama by Friedhard Kiekeben” has been organised jointly by the Museum and the University of Chester, where Friedhard is Senior Lecturer in Fine Art.   

The principal work in the exhibition is “DEVA”, a digitally created panorama of large-scale prints made especially for the Museum.  Inspired by the Celtic river goddess Deva, this plays with visual perception, evoking the dazzle of sunlight on cross-currents of water.  Although the work was fully conceived by the artist, it was never touched by his hand but was created entirely on the computer.

Closely related to “DEVA” is “Black Gold”, a sculptural frieze of etched brass panels, whose partially-corroded surface glitters in fragmented elements.  These two large works are complemented by “Shatter” a series of eight photo-polymer etchings, made using a technique invented by Friedhard.  They play with perspective elements, fragmented and reassembled to create multi-dimensional vistas which invite viewers to let their imaginations roam freely. 

Friedhard Kiekeben was born near Frankfurt am Main in Germany in 1963, and studied at Offenbach am Main and Edinburgh before taking an MPhil at the Royal College of Art in London.  He has held 15 solo exhibitions in Germany, Switzerland, the UK and the USA, and his work has also been shown in numerous group exhibitions.  Since 2002 he has lectured at the University of Chester, where he leads the development of innovative printmaking.  He is also a Visiting Professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology, New York State.

Friedhard Kiekeben said:  “My abstract works take the form of digital wall drawings, etched metal sculptures, and series of prints.  Information and transformation, as well as simulated space versus real space, are key issues of my art.  It embraces aesthetic and technological innovation, whilst being rooted in the philosophy of reproduction which is fundamental to printmaking.”

The exhibition will be accompanied by three events.  Adrian Sumner will lecture on “Beat the Blues with the Red Wedge – The Rise (and Fall) of Abstract Art” on 23 November.  Friedhard Kiekeben will lecture on “A New Aesthetic for Printmaking” on 5 January.  Friedhard will also lead a workshop for young people (aged 10-16) “Put Yourself in the Picture” on 14 January.

There will be a press photocall with Friedhard Kiekeben at the Museum on Friday 11 November at 2.00pm.

The Grosvenor Museum is open Monday – Saturday 10.30-5 and Sunday 1-4, admission free.



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