Gerhard Wietek

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Gerhard Wietek (born June 23, 1923 in Tscherbeney , Glatz district , Lower Silesia province ; † May 28, 2012 in Hamburg ) was a German art historian and state museum director of Schleswig-Holstein . His scientific work was mainly the painting of Northern Germany and German Expressionism . Many of his publications deal with the work of the painter Karl Schmidt-Rottluff .


After military service and expulsion, Gerhard Wietek studied art history, modern literature, history and philosophy at the universities of Erlangen , Munich and Kiel . In 1951 he did his doctorate with Richard Sedlmaier with the dissertation "Goethe's relationship to architecture" for Dr. phil. After a traineeship at the Schleswig-Holstein State Museum Schloss Gottorf , he worked at the Germanic National Museum in Nuremberg from 1954 . A year later, he was appointed to the Lower Saxony State Museum for Art and Cultural History in Oldenburg. As its curator , he published a monograph on the Oldenburger Land in 1956 .

In 1957 Gerhard Wietek curated the groundbreaking exhibition “Painters of the Bridge in Dangast from 1907 to 1912” for the Oldenburger Kunstverein , in which works by Karl Schmidt-Rottluff , Erich Heckel , Max Pechstein and Emma Ritter were shown. The exhibition, which also showed the importance of the North Sea resort of Dangast in terms of art history , contributed significantly to subsequent research on the artist group Die Brücke .

In 1959, Gerhard Wietek became director of the Altona Museum in Hamburg, where he carried out extensive development work that also took into account the German-Danish past of Altona and the expressionists' relations with Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein. The Altona Museum is also home to the collection of painted artist postcards of the classical modern that he has assembled .

In 1977 Wietek was awarded the honorary professorship of the State of Schleswig-Holstein "in recognition of his services, which were particularly significant for Schleswig-Holstein, in the scientific research of north German art history and folklore as well as in the living representation of cultural life in northern Germany" .

In 1978 he was appointed State Museum Director of Schleswig-Holstein . At the same time he took over the management of the State Museum at Gottorf Castle . In the same year he was awarded the Georg Dehio Culture Prize. In 1996 he received the honorary gift of the Oldenburg landscape for his services , which published the correspondence between the painter Emma Ritter and Gerhard Wietek in 2003. In 1998 the Friends of Gottorf Castle published a bibliography with its publications and exhibition catalogs.

He rendered particular services to the painter Georg Tappert , on whom he presented a comprehensive monograph in 1980 with the catalog raisonné of the paintings and in 1996 a catalog raisonné of his prints. In 2002 he succeeded in establishing the Georg Tappert Foundation with over 250 paintings and around 5,000 drawings and in incorporating it into the State Museum for Art and Cultural History. In 1990 he published the correspondence between Franz Radziwill and the Hamburg art historian Wilhelm Niemeyer . The life and work of the Hamburg art historian and collector Rosa Schapire were rediscovered and published by him.

Since 1972 Gerhard Wietek was a member of the literature section of the Hamburg Free Academy of the Arts .

Gerhard Wietek died on May 28, 2012 in Hamburg. In 2013 the Lower Saxony State Museum in Oldenburg received a donation of more than 750 autographs and other documents from his estate . The donation includes a. Artist correspondence from the years 1908 to 1965, including around 450 letters and postcards from Karl Schmidt-Rottluff as well as letters from the painter Emma Ritter, who was born in Vechta and came from a family resident in Oldenburg and Eutin.


  • Oldenburger Land . Recordings by Lothar Klimek . Deutscher Kunstverlag, Munich 1974, ISBN 3-422-00092-5 .
  • (Ed.): German artist colonies and artist locations. Thiemig, Munich 1976, ISBN 3-521-04061-5 .
  • Georg Tappert, 1880–1957. A pioneer of German modernism. Munich 1980.
  • CF Hansen and his buildings in Schleswig-Holstein. Neumünster 1982.
  • Encounters with art and artists. Neumünster 1983.
  • Karl Schmidt-Rottluff. Graphic masterpieces from Hamburg collections. Hamburg 1984.
  • Karl Schmidt-Rottluff in Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein. Neumünster 1984.
  • 200 years of painting in the Oldenburger Land. Oldenburg 1986.
  • Georg Tappert - Expressionist graphics. Exhibition catalog Hamburg 1987.
  • Franz Radziwill - Wilhelm Niemeyer, documents of a friendship. Oldenburg 1990.
  • Schmidt-Rottluff. Oldenburg years 1907–1912 . Mainz 1995.
  • Georg Tappert . Catalog raisonné of the prints. Cologne 1996.
  • Karl Schmidt-Rottluff. Plastic and handicrafts as well as catalog raisonné. Munich 2001.
  • Karl Schmidt-Rottluff. Drawings on postcards. Wienand, Cologne 2010, ISBN 978-3-86832-010-7 .


  • Jörg Michael Henneberg: Gerhard Wietek on the eightieth. In: The State of Oldenburg. Volume II, 2003, p. 13.
  • Jörg Deuter: Gerhard Wietek. Oldenburg years 1955–1959. In: Yearbook of the State Museum Oldenburg. 1, 2001, pp. 14-33.
  • Jörg Deuter: Gerhard Wietek. Oldenburg things since 1960. In: Yearbook of the State Museum Oldenburg. 2, 2002, pp. 14-31.
  • Jörg Deuter: Two pioneers of modernity at the Landesmuseum Oldenburg. On the correspondence of Walter Müller-Wulckow (1886–1964) and Gerhard Wietek (1923–2012). In: Oldenburg Yearbook. 113, 2013, pp. 177-194.
  • Kürschner's German Scholar's Calendar . 1987.
  • Jörg Deuter: Obituary for Gerhard Wietek . In: Journal of the German Association for Art Research 66, 2012, pp. 270–272.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Mourning for Gerhard Wietek (accessed = 2017-05-11)
  2. Honorary professors on the website of the State of Schleswig-Holstein ( Memento from March 22, 2015 in the Internet Archive )
  3. Dehio Culture Prize
  4. ^ Report of the Board of Trustees on the Schleswig-Holstein State Museums Foundation at Schloss Gottorf for the year 2003. (PDF; 255 KB) Retrieved on October 28, 2015 .
  5. Academic membership
  6. Dirk Dasenbrock In: Oldenburgische Volkszeitung , March 8, 2013, p. 15