Newsletter of International Print Triennial in Krakow no 05/2007
In memoriam Herman Hebler
Herman Hebler, Existence 1, screenprint Herman Hebler, Existence 2, screenprint
21st of August
2007 Herman Hebler died at
was an extraordinary personality in modern art in
Herman Hebler was member of more than 30 international prize-juries; he showed his prints in 190 international biennials and triennials. There is no other artist who participated in so many exhibitions all over the world. And he didn’t stop working. His last exhibition with new works was in spring in his studio.
oeuvre of Herman Hebler is an unmistakable current in the stream of
different stylistic tendencies in the second half of the last century -
early works of the time of studies and later on proof that the artist was
able to work in all directions: realism, expressionism, abstraction. But
only the last had his interest: geometrical abstraction.
And he used black as a colour: In the whole oeuvre black is the constant factor. A group of drawings which were created between 1978 and 1982 were milestones in the perception of black as colour. The artist had separated black in several forms of density. White was the main surprise in these drawings. It was already there, It didn't receive attention but black made it visible. The drawings were like an interruption in the development of paintings and prints.
In the years after 1982 Hebler continued his work in series in painting and silkscreen. In the nineties a single big form with an irregular outline is dominating. It leads to new monumental forms without the character of dialog. After them the short time of columns and installations began. May be that Herman Hebler has found 3-dimensional forms in a big step from a picture to a column. But then he worked out all possibilities between them. That means, that Herman Hebler made experiments with all materials, he was curious to all what will happen. Some 3-dimensional works have directly ideas of architecture.
In art Herman Hebler was emotional and subjective and at the beginning of a work even spontaneous, but after this stringent and perfect. This makes his work unique - even in the new century to which it has built amazing bridges.
was a knot in an international network of artists and organizers of the
most important print exhibitions. It started in1968 at the biennial at
The international Norwegian Print Biennial was opened in 1972. The last was in 1999 in the new founded Herman Hebler- Centre where it could not be continued because of economic causes.
since 1989 continued as triennial, was the leading international
Herman Hebler, S-Incision-RR Herman Hebler, S.V.-R. Herman Hebler, S-Composition-D.C.A.
65x65 cm, screenprint, 1999 65x65 cm, screenprint, 2002 66x66 cm, screenprint, 2003
I willingly accepted the invitation of my friend Witold Skulicz to write a few lines as a tribute to Herman Hebler, artist and creator of the International Graphic Triennial of Fredrikstad, who left us in August 2007.
How is it that an artist dedicates himself, body and soul, not only to his own art but at the same time to the creation and systematic pursue of a great graphic art triennial including the participation of hundreds of artists of different culture and languages, sometimes that seem irreconcilable ?
In the case of Hebler, the answer can be found in his own idea of programmed art, pursued by means of operating methodologies linked to the use of mass technologies such as silkscreen and based on perceptive elements configured in the light of a moral prospective reflected also on a global involvement in regards to society.
The "International Triennial" is a concrete example of the didactic function of art, in a collective dimension based on exchange and the internal relationships that favor dialectics and formative experience, giving the observer multiple possibilities to interpret reality.
A "collective proposal" to an audience in continuous growth had, already in the 60's of the 20th century, determined the beginning of different opinions on behalf of the public regarding engraving and art prints in general, conditioned until then by prejudices that had confined it to the so-called "minor arts".
Graphic art was coming out of an intimist dimension to face new challenges; it was enlarging the sizes of the matrix to allow for new ways of gestural expression and organization of forms in space; in synthesis, it was using the language of the times and often was determining it.
Together we can enrich one another. This seems, beyond his noteworthy graphic realizations, the message that Herman Hebler left us.
Printmaker and General Curator
“L'Arte e il Torchio”
(Translated by Patricia Kaden)
Herman Hebler, S-4.4.-2 Herman Hebler, Square in Movement - G Herman Hebler, S-Square-V
65x65 cm, screenprint, 1996 65x65 cm, screenprint, 1997 65x65 cm, screenprint, 1997
Herman Hebler in Memoriam
Grand Old Man of the
Norwegian printmaking has passed away. Herman Hebler lives in the
memory of Estonian printmakers as one of the most significant artist
working in geometrical style. He is remembered as a charismatic
very warm-hearted man, a real gentleman and high-principled human dynamo.
His magnum opus was Norwegian Print Triennial,
lasted over 30 years.
President of the Tallinn Print Triennial
It is a great
loss. Herman Hebler has
passed away, grand and respected person on the international print scene.
Great man, outstanding artist placed by GetulioAlviani in the pantheon of
the protagonists of the constructivism stream. For 35 years since the year
1972, the President of the International Norwegian Print Triennale in
Fredrikstadt - an event which immediately after its organization became
one of the greatest cyclical print competitions. Fredrikstad was created just after the
Biennale in Cracow following the great boom of the
The achievements of the Print Biennale and Triennale, especially of the people, who like Herman Hebler devoted to the creation and the development of this process great part of their life, are enormous.
This is hard to overestimate how much the Norwegian printmaking owes to Herman Hebler
Herman Hebler was a good man. I think this is why he felt better than the others that the world of art shares its fruits unequally, leaving on the map of the world numerous blank spots, this is probably why his Triennale Fredrikstadt realized, to a greater extent than other ones, the penetration of the societies beyond the known paths of modern art. On his Triennal works of artists from completely exotic countries of Africa or Asia appeared. We did not understand it then that Herman Hebler was building solitarily the paths of understanding with the art of the unknown cities and people. Today we appreciate it as proof of the nobleness of his heart. I am happy that I had the opportunity to be his friend.
President of the International Print Triennale Society in Cracow
Herman Hebler, Arioso 1, 105x52 cm, mixed media Herman Hebler, Arioso 2, 105x52 cm, mixed media
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