Karl Fred Dahmen

(1917 - 1981)

Dahmen's early work phase after the end of World War II and his joining the German Artists' Association, is dedicated to Tachism. Later, too, the influence of the originally French Informel is important to him. He strives for a cultural exchange with the Ecole de Paris and orients himself on the artistic currents there. From the mid-1960s, Dahmen began to integrate different materials into his works, striving to relate art back to life through real things. Along with Emil Schumacher and Gerhard Hoehme, Dahmen is considered one of the earliest and most important artists of German Informel.

Vita

1917
born in Stolberg (Rheinland)
1932 - 1933
Attends the Aachen Art School until its closure
1936 - 1938
Apprenticeship as a commercial graphic artist
1939 - 1945
military service and imprisonment
1945
Briefly at Düsseldorf Art Academy, working as a freelance artist
1946
first solo exhibition, Aachen
1950
travels to Ascona, Tessin
1951
Numerous trips to Paris
1954 - 1959
Drawing teacher at a private school in Aachen
1954
first solo exhibition in Paris
1956
Works with relief surfaces are created
1958
Gold Medal of the First International Art Award of Switzerland for Abstract Art
1959
Participation in documenta II, Kassel
first longer trip to Spain
1961 - 1967
regular stays in Ibiza with second studio
1963
first solo exhibition in New York
1964
Teaching position at Kunstschule Bremen in the field of surface design
1967
Appointment as professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich
first object boxes are created
1973
International Graphic Prize, Ibiza
1974
Travels the USA and Mexico
1976
Begins to compile a catalog raisonné, print section appears in 1979
1981
dies in Preinersdorf at lake Chiemsee