Friedrich Meckseper

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Friedrich Meckseper (born June 8, 1936 in Bremen ; † June 5, 2019 ) was a German painter , graphic artist , draftsman , designer and author .

1969 in Worpswede
Friedrich Meckseper (1990)


Friedrich Meckseper grew up in Stuttgart . The construction researcher Cord Meckseper is his older brother. He completed his mechanic apprenticeship, which lasted from 1952 to 1955, with the planned professional goal of being a locomotive designer. Then he began studying at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart under Karl Rössing , and continued from 1957 to 1959 at the Berlin University of Fine Arts under Wolf Hoffmann . The first of his etchings also fall during this period.

In addition to his artistic work, Meckseper was also interested in technology. He designed and built a steamboat between 1972 and 1974 and crossed the Alps five times in a gas balloon between 1978 and 1986.

Meckseper was influenced by, for example, Anton Heyboer , Bissier , Athanasius Kircher , Leonardo da Vinci , Hieronymus Bosch and Saul Steinberg . His oil paintings , etchings , collages , drawings and objects are often characterized by an enigmatic and mysterious tension in a minimalist arrangement of objects, coupled with great precision in the technical execution. In addition, technical elements such as riots, gears or clocks can often be found in his works. Together with his second wife Sibylle Lewitscharoff , Friedrich Meckseper published the novel Pong redivivus in September 2013 , a continuation of Lewitscharoff's 1998 story Pong .

Meckseper, who lived in the artist village of Worpswede from 1961 to 1984 , lived and worked in Berlin from 1985. Many of his works are part of the collection of his friend Carl Großhaus. From his first marriage he has three children, Julia (* 1963), Josephine (* 1964) and Cornelius (* 1967). His daughter Josephine is also an artist.

Solo exhibitions

Visiting professorships and teaching assignments

  • 1968: Visiting professor at Reading University (Fine Art Department), England
  • 1977: Head of the etching class at the international summer academy in Salzburg and guest lecturer at the comprehensive university in Wuppertal
  • 1978, 1979 and 1987: Head of the etching class at the international summer academy in Salzburg
  • 1989: Head of the etching class in the Swabian Art Summer Irsee
  • 1992: Visiting professor at Kyoto Saika University (College of Fine Art) Japan


  • 1963: German Rome Prize Villa Massimo
  • 1965: Burda Prize for Graphics, Munich
  • 1970: President of Kokusai Bunka Shinkokai Prize, 7th International Print Biennale, Tokyo
  • 1982: Prize of the 6th Norvegian International Print Biennale, Frederikstad
  • 1990: 1st prize at the 1st Kochi International Print Triennale, Japan
  • 1993: 2nd Kochi International Print Triennial Prize, Japan


  • Friedrich Meckseper: Paintings 1958–1972. Edited by Karl-Heinz Hering. Art Association for the Rhineland and Westphalia , Düsseldorf 1972 (with selected prints) Exhibition catalog July – August 1972
  • Friedrich Meckseper: Etchings. (Exhibition “Meckseper - Pictures and Etchings,” early 1978, Galerie + Edition A, Munich), Verlag Roland Angst, Munich 1978
  • Classic of the Modern Era, Volume 2: Meckseper, Ed. Richard P. Hartmann, Munich 1978 ISBN 3-492-02365-7 With catalog raisonné of the oil paintings
  • Gallery Peerlings: Homo Ludens. Collages and montages. (all 3 volumes with catalog raisonné, including the objects)
  1. 1959–1978, Krefeld 1978, ISBN 3-922195-00-8
  2. 1979–1984, Krefeld 1984, ISBN 3-922195-04-0
  3. 1987–1989, Krefeld 1989, ISBN 3-922195-14-8

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Painter and graphic artist Friedrich Meckseper is dead , Spiegel Online, June 7, 2019.
  2. Biography on