Hetum Gruber

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Hetum Gruber , pseudonym Htmrbr (* 1937 in Tilsit ; † March 12, 2019 ), was a German conceptual artist .


Hetum Gruber has not had an authorized résumé since 1998: “In the future, no further personal details, no vita, no exhibition directories, no more bibliographies, etc.” (Hetum Gruber, entry in the workbook March 20, 1998). Since 1998 the artist has called himself htmrbr - the pseudonym skips every second letter of his name.


Sculpture Street Dotternhausen Hetum Gruber

His work includes sculptures, photographic works, drawings and installations . The focus was on the work process as a mediation between thinking and doing.

Since 1973, Hetum Gruber has been drawing (in the sense of: “To do something, the completion of which cannot be foreseen”) on a roll of wrapping paper. The process is simple but requires perseverance. The classic drawing technique was reduced to hatching with a pencil and the tone value to the metallic lead black of the graphite . In 2004 he had hatched 23 meters. "Every line is a proof of my presence" said Gruber. Not only the blackened paper is exhibited, but also the frottage , the base. He included the element of time by setting a fixed time or a geometrical boundary line as a limit, when he would finish the work.

Hetum Gruber died on March 12, 2019.


Individual evidence

  1. a b Obituary notice for Hetum Gruber. April 27, 2019, accessed May 6, 2019 .
  2. ^ Catalog for documenta 6: Volume 1, page 182: Painting, Plastic / Environment, Performance, 1977 ISBN 3-920453-00-X
  3. Städtische Galerie Erlangen htmrbr - “to do something that is only art because it cannot be anything else” Parts, photos, lines, colors ( Memento of the original from January 28, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically used and not yet tested. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. accessed on January 23, 2015 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.staedtische-galerie-erlangen.de
  4. Kunstpalais Description 14-part photo work Hetum Gruber , accessed on January 23, 2015.
  5. ^ Art Bulletin Karlsruhe: Hetum Gruber in the State Art Gallery  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , accessed January 23, 2015.@1@ 2Template: Dead Link / www.kunstbulletin.ch  
  6. Der Spiegel Mit Durchschlag , accessed on January 23, 2015.