Elke Rehder

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Elke Rehder (born 1953) is a German artist living in Barsbüttel[1] Germany.

Life and work[edit]

Elke Rehder[2] studied at the Heatherley School of Fine Art in London (1979–80).[3] During that time she was predominantly active as a sculptor, where she created objects from iron, steel, copper, granite, marble as well as small bronzes in lost-wax castings.[4] During her stay in London the symbolism of chess[5] becomes a centrepoint in her artwork, following a statement by Boris Spassky: "Chess is like life". Since then, Elke Rehder creates installation art and land art projects centered around chess.[6]

In 1991 Elke Rehder started the international cultural project "Kulturgesellschaft Europa",[7] which is accompanied by statements of important personalities from the cultural, economical and political world. Since then she started to collect European antique prints and illustrated newspapers. 2014 the Elke Rehder collection[8] contained more than 50,000 historical pictures. 1992 she was honored with the award "Bernhard-Kaufmann-Kunstpreis" [9] in Worpswede.

From 1991 to 1993 she deepened her knowledge of painting at the Federal Academy of Cultural Education in Wolfenbüttel and of graphic arts at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences.[10]

Elke Rehder: Woodcut to the chess story The Royal Game by Stefan Zweig

Artists' books[edit]

Since 1993 Elke Rehder concentrates on literature[11] and lyric poetry[12] and founded the Elke Rehder Presse[13] for printmaking.[14] With her artists' books she participated several times at the Leipzig Book Fair,[15] the Frankfurt Book Fair[16] and the largest book fair for small publishers and artistic hand press operators in Europe "Mainzer Minipressen-Messe" (International Book Fair for Small Publishers and Private Presses).[17] At the international antiquarian book and arts fair "Quod Libet"[18] in Hamburg she presented a portfolio with etchings to The Trial[19] by Franz Kafka and woodcuts to The Royal Game[20] by Stefan Zweig. Beside her fine press publications Elke Rehder creates numerous painted books, book objects and paper art objects.[21]

Solo exhibitions (selected)[edit]

  • 1992 Reinbek Castle, Reinbek, Germany
  • 1993 Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, Bonn / Berlin, Germany
  • 1993 Gallery Art und Weise, Heide, Germany
  • 1995 Stichting Ateliers, Driebergen, Netherlands
  • 1999 Eutiner Landesbibliothek, Eutin, Germany
  • 2000 Gallery Silvia Umla, Völklingen, Germany
  • 2001 Haus der Kultur und Bildung, Neubrandenburg, Germany
  • 2003 Beeskow Castle, Beeskow, Germany
  • 2003 Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany
  • 2006 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Bibliothek, Hanover, Germany

Group exhibitions (selected)[edit]

Works in collections (selected)[edit]

Basel University Library, British Library, Deutsches Buch- und Schriftmuseum, (Leipzig, Germany), Museum of Modern Literature (Marbach, Germany), Duchess Anna Amalia Library, German National Library, Germanisches Nationalmuseum (Nuremberg, Germany), Goethe University Frankfurt, Herzog August Bibliothek, John G. White Collection in the Cleveland Public Library, Klingspor Museum, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, National Library of the Netherlands, Library of Congress, Lothar Schmid Chess Collection (Bamberg, Germany), Museum Meermanno-Westreenianum, Saxon State Library, Swiss National Library, Württembergische Landesbibliothek (Stuttgart, Germany)


  1. ^ Kunstadressbuch Deutschland, Österreich, Schweiz. 2010. 20. Ausgabe. K G Saur Verlag. Munich 2009. ISBN 978-3-598-23119-3
  2. ^ Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon (AKL). Die Bildenden Künstler aller Zeiten und Völker. K G Saur & Walter de Gruyter. Munich und Leipzig 1991 ff. ISBN 3-598-22740-X
  3. ^ Egisto Bragaglia: Dizionario Degli Illustratori Contemporanei. Primo volume. Italia, Deutschland, Österreich, Schweiz. Bronzolo 2001. ISBN 88-900665-0-4
  4. ^ Johannes Spallek: Elke Rehder - Bilder, Grafik, Bronzen. Exhibition catalogue. Stormarnhaus. Bad Oldesloe 1994
  5. ^ Elke Rehder: Schach, Spiegel der Gesellschaft. Edition Marco - Arno Nickel. Berlin 1993. ISBN 3-924833-26-5
  6. ^ Gundula Green: Elke Rehder im Künstlerhaus Cuxhaven. Exhibition catalogue. Cuxhaven 1993
  7. ^ Elke Rehder: Kulturgesellschaft Europa. Struck. Hamburg 1992. ISBN 3-922664-04-0
  8. ^ Elke Rehder: Schach in Zeitungen des 19. Jahrhunderts. Edition Jung, Homburg. 2014. ISBN 978-3-933648-54-9
  9. ^ Kunstforum International Vol. 120, page 446. Ruppichteroth 1992. ISSN 0177-3674
  10. ^ Kürschners Handbuch der Bildenden Künstler. Deutschland, Österreich, Schweiz. 2. Jahrgang 2007. Band II, N-Z. K. G. Saur Verlag. Munich / Leipzig 2007. ISBN 978-3-598-24737-8
  11. ^ Werner Arnold: Das Malerbuch des 20. Jahrhunderts. Die Künstlerbuchsammlung der Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel. Harrassowitz. Wiesbaden 2004. ISBN 3-447-05051-9
  12. ^ Eduard Isphording: SeitenAnsichten. Buchkunst aus deutschen Handpressen und Verlagen seit 1945. Verlag Faber und Faber. Leipzig 1999. ISBN 3-932545-43-5
  13. ^ Günther Nicolin: Die Elke Rehder Presse and Elke Rehder Presse - ein Jahrzehnt in: Illustration 63. Curt Visel. Memmingen Vol. 3, 1998 and Vol. 3, 2003. ISSN 0019-2457
  14. ^ Hans-Georg Sehrt: Elke Rehder Presse. In: Marginalien. Zeitschrift für Buchkunst. Vol. 156. Harrassowitz Verlag. Wiesbaden 1999. ISSN 0025-2948
  15. ^ 4. Internationale Ausstellung für Künstlerbücher und Handpressendrucke (IAKH) Leipzig 1995. Edition Lebensretter. Leipzig 1995. ISBN 3-929852-05-5
  16. ^ Frankfurt Book Fair 2001. Catalogue. Page 906. Frankfurt 2001. ISBN 3-923352-44-1
  17. ^ Katalog zur 13. Mainzer Minipressen-Messe. Ed. Trèves. Trier 1995. ISBN 3-88081-233-0
  18. ^ Quod Libet. Antiquariatsmesse & Künstlerbücher in Hamburg. Luckwald Messen. Hamburg 2003. ISBN 3-8330-0613-7
  19. ^ Heinz Stefan Bartkowiak: Bartkowiaks forum book art. Hamburg 1994-2005. ISBN 3-9803534-1-9, 3-9803534-2-7, 3-9803534-4-3, 3-9803534-5-1, 3-9803534-7-8, 3-9803534-6-X, 3-935462-00-X and 3-935462-03-04
  20. ^ Jens Ahlers: Landesweit. Neuerwerbungen der Landesgeschichtlichen Sammlung aus 25 Jahren. Exhibition catalogue. Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesbibliothek. Kiel 2009. ISBN 978-3-941713-03-1
  21. ^ Gallery Depelmann: Handbook of Editions. Graphic Print, Sculpture, Photography, Multiples. Depelmann Edition. Langenhagen 1994-1998. ISBN 3-928330-08-X, 3-928330-11-X, 3-928330-17-9 and 3-928330-24-1

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