The Hunt Museum Presents Dietrich Blodau – A Life of Observations – This is the first such comprehensive exhibition of almost the entirety of Blodau’s four decades of unrelenting devotion to art.
The Hunt Museum Presents Dietrich Blodau – A Life of Observations
The Hunt Museum has announced the upcoming exhibition Dietrich Blodau – A Life of Observations. Being a well-known artist in Ireland, this exhibition gives a unique opportunity to view a body of Blodau’s works, many of which have never been publicly displayed.
Born in 1937 in Recklinghausen, Dietrich Blodau grew up in Germany but left his native country in 1970 to settle in Ireland where he still lives now.
To mark his eightieth birthday, this retrospective of his work is to honour not only his artistic achievements but also the contribution he made over four decades to the development of the arts in Ireland.
After graduation, he was recruited to set up a new department in printmaking at Limerick School of Art with a cohort of less than 50 students – at a time when printmaking was unknown.
This is the first such comprehensive exhibition of almost the entirety of Blodau’s four decades of unrelenting devotion to art.
His output encompasses print, pastel, aquarelle, and drawing, pendulating between observations of nature and the built environment, between detailed monochrome line work, to bright, broad brushstrokes.
The works on display stretch back as far as early graphic design works from the late 1950s, such as the competition winning poster for the 1959 Dortmund Garden Show, up to the most recent works produced during a residency with the Heinrich Böll Association in Achill Island.
Dietrich Blodau – A Life of Observations will run in the Hunt Museum from December 1st until January 14th.
This is an extraordinary exhibition which gives us a view of the extraordinary achievements of this steadfast, prodigious, and committed artist who has contributed so much to the artistic life of Ireland.
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