Heinrich Kirchner

»The essential law of being is that of change and of transformation.«

A quotation from Heinrich Kirchner


Biography of the artist Heinrich Kirchner 1902 –1984
1902 Born in Erlangen
1923 – 1924 Studied history of art at the University of Erlangen
1924 – 1932 Studied sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich under Professor Hermann Hahn
1926 – 1927 Studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts and at the Académie Julian in Paris
From 1927 Self-taught experiments with bronze casting
1931 State examination for the art master’s teaching office
1931 Travel bursary to visit Assisi, Verona, Perugia, Rome, Naples and Pompeii
1932 Completion of sculpture studies; began employment at the foundry of the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich; commissioned to set up a workshop for bronze casting using the lost-wax method
1937 – 1952 Head of the foundry of the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich
1939 – 1945 Military service as a radio operator deployed in Regensburg
1947 Joined the »Neue Gruppe« (New Group) artists’ association (founded 1946)
1950 Awarded the City of Munich Art Prize
1952 – 1970 Professor of sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich
1953 Member of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts in Munich
1956 Member of the Academy of Arts, Berlin
1965 – 1969 Head of the Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts (founded in 1953 as the »School of Vision« by Oskar Kokoschka, who was the head of the school until 1963)
1970 Received emeritus status and moved to Pavolding. The former fishing farm of Seeon Abbey on the Chiemsee lake became the centre of his life.
1982 Opening of the Heinrich Kirchner Sculpture Park on the Burgberg in Erlangen; Awarded an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Theology in Bamberg
1984 Died in Traunstein

Heinrich Kirchner together with Paul Fuchs setting up the figures in the Burgberggarten.


Exhibitions of the artist Heinrich Kirchner 1902 –1984
1932 Art exhibition in the Deutsches Museum in Munich
1933 State art exhibition in the Glaspalast in Munich
1934 – 1936 Large art exhibition in the Neue Pinakothek art gallery in Munich
1936 Venice Biennale
1947 Exhibition in the Lenbachhaus museum in Munich with the »Neue Gruppe«
1958 Venice Biennale
Pittsburgh International Exhibition of Contemporary Art
1959 documenta II, Kassel
1975 Erlangen Rathausplatz
2002, 2009 Städtische Galerie Erlangen