April 19 to July 17 patent | 10 am – 6 pm (Monday to Friday)
Location: Lagos Cultural Center – Room 2 and 3
“Art-Space-Architecture Interdisciplinary Dialogue – The greatest potential for human freedom lies in self-determined restrictions”
It was at the Art Academy of Düsseldorf (Germany), in 1970, that Ernst Föll studied and had the pleasure of having as a teacher the artist Joseph Beuys, considered one of the most influential German artists of the second half of the 20th century. It was also there that he met the Fluxus Art Movement, a libertarian movement characterized by a mixture of different arts, originally in the visual arts and later also in music and literature. This movement was very active in the 60s and 70s. However, it was considered anti-art, since at that time the Fluxus movement went against the very object of art.
Ernst Föll witnessed this artistic manifestation, as his teacher and another group of artists had a thought beyond borders. It is with this thought and learning that Ernst learned to see Art in a broader way, without barriers and with a lot of ambition.
In his artistic career, poetry, philosophy and architecture play a very important role in his creations. For you, thinking “outside the box” has always been more fascinating than being trapped in the “Ivory Tower”. However, one question runs through all of his interdisciplinary studies: “What is the right measure?”. The important thing for Ernst is not the quantity and size of the work, but the concept, the harmony and what it conveys.
Ernst intends to transmit a little of the teachings he received from the artist and professor Joseph Beuys and show that everything is achieved with the mixture of different thoughts and arts.
About the artist:
Ernst Föll was born in 1949 in Hilden, near Dusseldorf, Germany. In 1970, he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts “Freien Kunst” at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf with professor (in the field of sculpture) and artist Joseph Beuys, one of the most influential German artists of the second half of the 20th century.
Joseph Beuys produced works in various media and techniques, including painting, sculpture, fluxus, happening, performance, video and installation.
Between 1972 and 1974, Ernst mentored Joseph Beuys’ students. Between 1974/90 he was a teacher at several art schools, following Beuys’ artistic style. In 1990, Ernst worked as a designer and master of construction and implantation of private houses, shopping centers and stores. He continued to participate in group exhibitions and social projects in Germany and other countries.
From 1994 to 98 he teaches sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Mainz, Germany. In 2008 he made a sculpture “Hans Christian Andersen” for a school in Ahaus, Germany. He rediscovered Nada Mandelbaum in 2016, a longtime friend, and decided to come and live in Portugal. In 2018 he participates in the collective exhibition at Casa Álvaro de Campos, in Tavira, and in 2019 in the collective exhibition “O Coração if you could think, you would stop!” (Fernando Pessoa) at the Milreu gallery, in Estói. In 2021 he wrote his thoughts on Art, Architecture and Poetry, “Kunstbriefe”.