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Elke Rehder

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Name  Elke Rehder

Elke Rehder chess lithographs
Education  Heatherley School of Fine Art

Elke Rehder (born 1953) is a German artist living in Barsbüttel Germany.


Elke Rehder Schach Gemlde

Life and work

Elke Rehder reflections about chess analogies and philosophy

Elke Rehder studied at the Heatherley School of Fine Art in London (1979–80). During that time she was predominantly active as a sculptor, where she created objects from iron, steel, copper, granite, marble as well as small bronzes in lost-wax castings. During her stay in London the symbolism of chess becomes a centrepoint in her artwork, following a statement by Boris Spassky: "Chess is like life". Since then, Elke Rehder creates installation art and land art projects centered around chess.

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In 1991 Elke Rehder started the international cultural project "Kulturgesellschaft Europa", which is accompanied by statements of important personalities from the cultural, economical and political world. Since then she started to collect European antique prints and illustrated newspapers. 2014 the Elke Rehder collection contained more than 50,000 historical pictures. 1992 she was honored with the award "Bernhard-Kaufmann-Kunstpreis" in Worpswede.

Elke Rehder Franz Kafka The Trial faces by Elke Rehder ArtWantedcom

From 1991 to 1993 she deepened her knowledge of painting at the Federal Academy of Cultural Education in Wolfenbüttel and of graphic arts at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences.

Artists' books

Elke Rehder Franz Kafka The Trial punisher by Elke Rehder

Since 1993 Elke Rehder concentrates on literature and lyric poetry and founded the Elke Rehder Presse for printmaking. With her artists' books she participated several times at the Leipzig Book Fair, the Frankfurt Book Fair and the largest book fair for small publishers and artistic hand press operators in Europe "Mainzer Minipressen-Messe" (International Book Fair for Small Publishers and Private Presses). At the international antiquarian book and arts fair "Quod Libet" in Hamburg she presented a portfolio with etchings to The Trial by Franz Kafka and woodcuts to The Royal Game by Stefan Zweig. Beside her fine press publications Elke Rehder creates numerous painted books, book objects and paper art objects.

Solo exhibitions (selected)

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  • 1992 Reinbek Castle, Reinbek, Germany
  • 1993 Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, Bonn / Berlin, Germany
  • 1993 Gallery Art und Weise, Heide, Germany
  • 1995 Stichting Ateliers, Driebergen, Netherlands
  • 1999 Eutiner Landesbibliothek, Eutin, Germany
  • 2000 Gallery Silvia Umla, Völklingen, Germany
  • 2001 Haus der Kultur und Bildung, Neubrandenburg, Germany
  • 2003 Beeskow Castle, Beeskow, Germany
  • 2003 Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany
  • 2006 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Bibliothek, Hanover, Germany
  • Group exhibitions (selected)

  • 1995 Provinciaal Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Oostend, Belgium
  • 1997 Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany
  • 1997 Internationale Kunstmesse "Kunstmarkt Dresden", Dresden, Germany
  • 1998 Austrian National Library, Vienna, Austria
  • 1998 Gallery Lang, Vienna, Austria
  • 1998 PAPER ART exhibition Speicherstadt, Hamburg, Germany
  • 1999 Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg, Germany
  • 2003 6th Triennale Mondiale d'Estampes, Chamalières, France
  • 2005 Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany
  • 2009 State Library of Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel, Germany
  • Works in collections (selected)

    Basel University Library, British Library, Deutsches Buch- und Schriftmuseum, (Leipzig, Germany), Museum of Modern Literature (Marbach, Germany), Duchess Anna Amalia Library, German National Library, Germanisches Nationalmuseum (Nuremberg, Germany), Goethe University Frankfurt, Herzog August Bibliothek, John G. White Collection in the Cleveland Public Library, Klingspor Museum, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, National Library of the Netherlands, Library of Congress, Lothar Schmid Chess Collection (Bamberg, Germany), Museum Meermanno-Westreenianum, Saxon State Library, Swiss National Library, Württembergische Landesbibliothek (Stuttgart, Germany)


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