Otto Fried

Heaven can wait / Heaven can't wait

21.06.2020 until 16.08.2020

Otto Fried was born in 1922 in Koblenz as a young man from Horchheim. Due to the emerging anti-Semitism in Germany, his family sends him to the USA, where he arrives in 1936 in Portland, Oregon, USA. In 1943 he joins the US-Army Air Corps and is deployed at various theatres of war in India, China and Burma. Upon his return, he enrolled in the Art and Architecture Department of the University of Oregon in 1947. At the end of 1949 he travels to France to collaborate with Fernand Léger, in whose studio he works for two years. In 1951 he had his first solo exhibition at the American Library in Paris. Already in 1952, works by him were shown in New York. In 1960 the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, purchased a monotype for its permanent collection. He lived and worked for a long time in Paris and New York before settling permanently in Paris in 2010.  Over the years he undertakes numerous trips, including one to Japan, which has had a lasting influence on him: exhibitions in Tokyo, television interviews and meetings with Japanese artists. 

Otto Fried is honoured with an exhibition of works from his studio. Works from the early period (1950s), which are presented with a few oil paintings and almost cubistic-looking drawings, form the foundation of a later almost exclusively abstract visual language that Otto Fried developed. Based primarily on cosmic-looking discs and circles, Otto Fried formulated numerous variations that were highly vivid in their color scheme. This results in an interweaving of depth and space, of a mostly melodic sound, which he concentrates in the centre of the picture and lets fade away towards the edges. Some sculptures broaden the view of his work, which is multifaceted - and rich in variations up to the present. Assemblages on found objects, woods and metal sheets he forms and shapes as well as a pattern of colour-soaked paper towels, which he arranges just as artistically.

Otto Fried was last honoured in 2002 in Koblenz when he donated his painting "Leewärtige Illusion" (1986) to the Sankt Maximin Church in Koblenz-Horchheim.


Vernissage, June 21, 2020

11:00 a.m.
Opening of the exhibition of the artist Otto Fried in the inner courtyard in front of the Ludwig Museum.
Note: In case of bad weather the opening will take place on the ground floor of the museum. The maximum number of participants in the exhibition room is limited to 30 persons. A transmission will take place in the anteroom.

P.D. Dr. Margit Theis-Scholz, Department of Education and Culture, City of Koblenz
Dr. Brigitte Franzen, Member of the Board, Ludwig Foundation, Aachen
Dr. Denis Alt, State Secretary in the Ministry of Science, Further Education and Culture of Rhineland-Palatinate

Prof. Dr. Beate Reifenscheid, Director, Ludwig Museum, Koblenz

Musical accompaniment:
Sakiko Idei, Marimba

Admission: adults 6 €, concessions 4 €. Children up to 12 years free of charge. Families (1-2 adults and up to 4 children) 10€. Members of the circle of friends free, kindergartens and school classes free. The ticket purchased for the vernissage entitles the holder to a further visit to the exhibition.

We kinldly ask for (non-binding) advance reservation under: 0261 3040 416 / Kasse.Ludwig-Museum@stadt.koblenz.de







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