Ulrich Erben (*1940)

Between 1958 and 1965, Erben studied at the art academies in Hamburg and Urbino. During this period, his main interest was due to the exploration of graphic techniques. Before returning to his hometown Düsseldorf in 1966, he moreover attended seminars at academies in Venice and Berlin. 

After an extended stay in New York in 1967, he applied himself more and more to Concrete Painting. He created his first white monochrome in 1968. From the late 1970s, he began to work with pure, unbroken colours, applied to produce the finest gradations. The subtle structures formed hereby, often only reveal themselves to the viewer with time, while immediately commencing to flicker and vibrate in front of their eyes. Frequently, this leaves a vivid impression of plasticity on the two-dimensional surface. 

From 1980 up until his retirement with emeritus status in 2005, Erben taught as a Professor at the Kunstakademie Münster.

1940 Born in Düsseldorf

 

1958-65 Studies at the Kunstakademie Hamburg and Urbino

 

1974 Promotion price Nordrhein-Westfalen for fine art

 

1980-2005 Professor at the Kunstakademie Münster

 

1986 Konrad-von-Soest-Price

 

 

Ulrich Erben lives and works in Düsseldorf and Bagnoregio (Latium, Italy)

1977 Documenta 6, Kassel

 

1979 Städtisches Museum Leverkusen

 

1981 Felder und Räume: Bilder, Collagen, Zeichnungen. Kunsthalle Tübingen

 

1984 Elementare Malerei, Städtische Kunsthalle, Mannheim

 

1985-86 Group  show Kunst in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland 1945-1985, Nationalgalerie Berlin

 

2003 Retrospective, Museum Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden

 

2003-04 Was ich sehe - Bilder aus Italien, Kunstmuseum Dieselkraftwerk Cottbus

 

2005 Der stille Raum. Stiftung DKM, Duisburg

 

2005-06 Group  show Ulrich Erben und Meisterschüler. Kunstverein Gelsenkirchen

 

2010 Ulrich Erben - Bilder und Arbeiten auf Papier Galerie Löhrl, Mönchengladbach

 

2011 Farben der Errinnerung, Museum DKM, Duisburg