Erwin Heerich 

Sculptures, Drawings,

Graphic Series

25 June – 16 October 2022

On the occasion of the artist’s 100th birthday, Museum Schloss Moyland is presenting the exhibition Erwin Heerich. Sculptures, Drawings, Graphic Series.

Erwin Heerich (1922–2004) stands for an art that combines precision and mathematically sober clarity with openness and playful freedom. He became known in the mid-1960s with small and medium-format sculptures made of cardboard. With these, he established his outstanding and at the same time unique position within the fields of concrete and minimalist art after 1945. Sculptures and reliefs by Heerich can be seen in numerous public spaces, especially in NRW. His architecture at Insel Hombroich, south of Neuss, attracts many visitors.

Works by Erwin Heerich evoke the notion of playfully acting, creative individuals who, thinking and organising, are conscious of themselves and their external circumstances. This notion has lost none of its appeal. Heerich’s search for artistic procedures with which forms of nature and technology can be approached and visually examined through abstraction and geometric analysis has also led to results that still seem contemporary to this day.

The exhibition includes sculptures made of cardboard, wood, plaster, and brass, as well as graphic series and large-format drawings, many of which are being shown for the first time. Also on view are textile collaborative works by Erwin Heerich and his wife Hildegard Heerich.

The exhibition was developed in cooperation with the Insel Hombroich Foundation, the Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum Foundation – Centre for International Sculpture, and the Museum Kurhaus Kleve – Ewald Mataré Collection.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue (in German and English) published in the publishing house Wienand with numerous illustrations and texts on Erwin Heerich's work by Dr. Felix Billeter, Frank Boehm, Dr. Julia Cwojdzinski and Dr. Alexander Grönert.

The exhibition is sponsored by:

From the guestbook

Fantastic exhibition. The artistic combination of geometry and nature makes E. Heerich a great designer.

A successful exhibition - especially if you know the sculptures from the Museum Island Hombroich!

A piece of courage to face life with and through the art of Erwin Heerich as a never-ending message.