Biographical and conceptual notes

Alfried Hagedorn, born in Bremen in 1940, is engaged in abstract painting with lyrical, gestural and constructive tendencies as well as sculptural projects.

He studied at the College of Art in Bremen and the Academies of Fine Arts in Vienna and Munich, with Jean Deyrolle and Raimer Jochims, graduated with a diploma and taught for one year as an assistant professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. Afterwards he went for 2 ¾ years with a scholarship of the DAAD and the Japanese Government ( Mombushô ) to the Academy of Arts Kyoto ( Geijutsu Daigaku ) in Japan. Since 1975 he has been working as a freelance artist in Munich. From 1976 he taught for 8 years as a lecturer at the College of Art and Design in Aachen and one year at the Salzburg-College of the University of Illinois. Hagedorn became interested in foreign cultures at an early age, which over the course of time developed into a pronounced intercultural commitment. In 1980 he was awarded the „Water Lilies Prize“ of the City of Munich and in 2018 he received support from the Foundation of the German Federal President.

Since Hagedorn stopped working on the „Energy Fields“ in 1978, he has called his painting "Open Painting" *. Planning is pushed back in order to create space for the unconscious. This painting is ambiguous or insoluble, even enigmatic. That is why it does not offer the viewer any clear and rash interpretations and keeps his vision suspended. Thus the visual energy of the picture remains active for the viewer and he can stay attentively in presence. At the centre of Hagedorn's painting is light, colour and transparency. He masters strong contrasts and fine colour transitions, density and dissolution, as well as dealing with emptiness and abundance, closeness and distance, Earth and cosmos. Thus formations move in a positive and negative relationship to each other, like object and space in between. They are a supporting element of his painting. As well as the idea of permeability and non-seclusion of the picture. Because perfection is conclusion, end, death. Last but not least, the remaining parts of the white ground, at the edge of the picture and in the pictorial event, are allusions to the background noise of space. Pictorial space and space meet. Spans become visible. The open perception of images leads to visual cognition, as recognition and understanding of visual phenomena, their nature, structure and effect. The impulse thus received expands and transcends everyday vision.

Hagedorn's works are in private and public collections. Apart from Germany, he has had exhibitions in Japan, China, Thailand, Hong Kong, North America and Brazil. He works in Munich, Germany and Paraty, Brazil.

* See: Umberto Eco, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Byung Chul Han, François Cheng etc.

Timeline

1940
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Born October 7 in Bremen
1962/64
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Studied at the University of the Arts Bremen, and
1962/64
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at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna
1965/71
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Studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, Diploma
1971/72
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Assistant at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich
1972/74
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Scholarship of the Japanese Government ( Mombushô ) and
of the DAAD ( German Academic Exchange Service ) for Japan,
Academy of Arts, Kyoto ( Geijutsudaigaku )
1974
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Travel through Thailand, Sri Lanka and India
1980
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Receives "Water Lily Award" for painting of the City of Munich
1980/81
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First studio in São Paulo
1982/83
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Second studio in São Paulo and travels through Brazil, Bolivia and Peru
1983
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Curated on behalf of the Munich Department of Culture the exhibition
"Singular Plural Munich. Rome. Paris", Factory Lothringer13
( Cooperation Gaya Goldcymer and Max Reithmann )
1985
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First round-the-world trip via Bangkok, Hong Kong, Guangzhou (Canton), Japan and North America via Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and North America
1986
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Second round-the-world trip via Bangkok, Hong Kong, Guangzhou (Canton), Japan and North America
1987/88
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Stay in Guangzhou, Bangkok and Hong Kong and
Travel through the People's Republic of China and Japan,
Realization of the 1st exhibition of abstract painting in PR China after the
Opening of the country, in the Institute of Fine Arts, Guanzhou ( Canton )
( Cooperation Goethe-Institut Hong Kong ) and in the
1989
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Minzugong - Cultural Palace of the Nationalities, Beijing
(Kooperation German Embassy Beijing and
China Design and Display Association)
Trip to Canberra/ Sydney, Australia
1990/92
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Stays in Paraty-RJ, Brazil
1991
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Stay in New York, Tokyo and Kyoto
1993
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Establishes a studio in Paraty, 200 km south of Rio de Janeiro
Founds "Edition Transatlantik, Munich - Paraty"
1999
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Opening exhibition space, Paraty
2007
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Opening "Espaço o Cubo", Paraty
2011
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New studio in Paraty
2018
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* Lives in Munich

Teachings

1971/72
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Academy of Fine Arts, Munich
1976/84
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University of Applied Sciences for Design, Aachen
1984
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University of Northern Illinois, Salzburg-College