Hannelore Heise

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Hannelore Heise (2019)

Hannelore Heise (born August 16, 1941 in Widminnen , East Prussia , † July 13, 2021 in Halle / Saale ) was a German graphic and type artist . From 1980 to 2006 she was a lecturer in font design at the Burg Giebichenstein Art College in Halle / Saale.


Born in 1941 in Widminnen in East Prussia, Hannelore Heise grew up in Bad Lauchstädt after the war and attended elementary school there. After a year of preparation, she studied commercial graphics with Walter Funkat at Burg Giebichenstein from 1961 . After graduating in 1966, Heise initially worked as a freelance graphic designer; From 1980 she took on a lectureship at Burg Giebichenstein, where she was responsible for basic training in the field of writing together with Günter Gnauck until 2006 . From 2006 to 2013 Heise an der Burg held a teaching position for writing in the field of basic training and led calligraphy courses.

Hannelore Heise was a member of Ars Scribendi , the International Society for the Promotion of Literature and the Art of Writing. V., as well as the Hallesches Kunstverein e. V., for whom she curated the group exhibition “In the beginning was the word” in 2017 on the occasion of the Reformation anniversary.

The older of her two sons, the musician and composer Frank Heise († 1995), was a founding member and lead guitarist of the German indie rock band Bobo in White Wooden Houses .

Hannelore Heise died in July 2021, five weeks before her 80th birthday.


Heise's fields of work included graphic design, font and calligraphy , book design and the design of postage stamps, playing cards, certificates and sheets of paper.

As a freelance graphic designer, she took on a variety of design assignments from the 1960s, including commercial graphics, logos and illustrations , but also architecture-related fonts and facade designs (e.g. a wall mosaic removed in 2012 on Leipziger Strasse in Halle), business equipment and illuminated advertising. Until shortly before her death she was a. responsible for the design of the Golden Book of the city of Halle as well as the issuing of certificates for the Leopoldina and the Halle Art Prize.

After German reunification , she devoted herself in particular to the art of writing and attended master classes with calligraphers in various European countries. In 2011 Heise received a scholarship from the Kunststiftung Sachsen-Anhalt for a stay of several weeks in Istanbul , where she worked on Arabic calligraphy.

In addition to font design, calligraphy and design theory, another area shaped the work of Hannelore Heise: the design of playing cards and postage stamps. Her diploma thesis, the playing card series “Essay” (1966), was the first of a total of seven card series that she designed for the VEB Altenburger Spielkartenfabrik .

In the 1970s, Heise took on the first design orders for postage stamps for the GDR's Deutsche Post. She continued this focus after reunification and created various stamp series and special stamps on behalf of the Deutsche Bundespost . These include, for example, brands on the topic of "nature and environmental protection" ( 1991 ) and welfare brands on the topic of "German traditional costumes" ( 1993 , 1994 ). Her special stamp “ Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz ” from the “ World Heritage Site of UNESCO ” series (2002) was voted “Most beautiful postage stamp in Germany” and in 2003 received the award as “Most beautiful postage stamp in Europe”.


  • Group exhibition "Walter Funkat and Students" in the State Gallery Moritzburg Halle (April to July 1984)
  • Solo exhibition at the Opera House in Halle (May to July 2011)
  • Group exhibition "In the beginning was the word ..." at the Halle Opera House (April to June 2017)
  • Group exhibition “Mass and Class. Halle commercial graphics in the GDR context "in the Stadtmuseum Halle (May to November 2018)

Individual evidence

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  4. ^ Ars Scribendi member Hannelore Heise. Retrieved May 19, 2018 .
  5. Hans-Georg Sehrt: Preface to the group exhibition “In the beginning was the word” (Oper Halle, 2017). Retrieved May 19, 2018 .
  6. Bouquet (X) | Hall in the picture. Retrieved April 12, 2018 .
  7. ^ A b Hans-Georg Sehrt: Hannelore Heise, Halle - graphic design, writing and calligraphy - exhibition of the Halleschen Kunstverein e. V. in the Kunstverein gallery of the Halle Opera House. In: Hallescher Kunstverein e. V. May 2011, accessed July 22, 2021 .
  8. a b Dr. Wolfgang Lässig: Hannelore Heise - The Art of Writing. In: Ärzteblatt Sachsen-Anhalt. May 2014, accessed July 22, 2021 .
  9. Simon Wintle: Hannelore Heise: "Essay" & "Gracia". In: The World of Playing Cards. January 4, 2018, accessed July 22, 2021 .