You never know when you meet an angel
You never know
when you meet an angel
Edith Breckwoldt, Symbiosis 3, Sculpture, Bronze, Copyright Photo: Manfred Wigger
We have often heard about being kind to everyone because you never know when you might be meeting an angel. This actually may happen to you, when you get in touch with Edith Breckwoldt’s sculptures.
In 2016 we celebrate the 79th birthday of one of the most iconic, controversial, and astonishingly multilevel artists: Edith Breckwoldt (1937-2013).
“When Edith was talking to you she’d always be feeling something,” says Frank Breckwoldt, her strongest fan, husband and muse. “The way she has been touching a stone, a flower, a tree, rubbing it with the palm of her hand, spreading out her fingers. She was intensely tactile, and that fed into her work, her feel for stone, wood, bronze – and to human relations.” In most art exhibitions you read the instruction “Do not touch”. But Edith Breckwoldt labed her works with “Please touch”, to get in touch with the sculpture and surprise the visitors with their own hidden emotions.
Edith Breckwoldt, Escape, Sculpture, Bronze, Copyright Photo: Manfred Wigger
Inner peace, symbiosis and vitality are the words that come to mind with Edith Breckwoldt. Her sculptures embody the great themes that she explored throughout her career; the ambiguities of human relationships. Using semi-abstract forms of human figures, she employed their shapes as vehicles to convey emotions. Edith Breckwoldt continually extended her sculptural ideas using first naturalistic, later abstract imagery, while exploring the possibilities of her chosen medium - plaster cast in bronze. She denied any influence by her teacher, the Edwin Scharff alumnus Fritz Fleer, but developed her own artistic identity focused on an impulsive creative working process.
Sculptor enthusiants should visit the glorious (secret) sculpture garden in Hamburg Schloß Hohenlinden to absorb not only her art but that serene spirit. Many of her collectors are aware, that there is a light shining side to this extraordinary artist, who was born 1937 in Lauenburg and died 2013 in Hamburg.
Edith Breckwoldt’s studio was based in her home in Hamburg, Schloß Hohenlinden with its gardens open to the sky and the elements. But it is surrounded by thick granite walls, so she could keep her privacy if she wanted and benefited of a control and concentration about her.
Driven by her enthusiasm and love for life, to her family and to nature, the inspiration was all coming from her heart. All her passion, even the world’s pain and frustration were channelled into her work.
Edith Breckwoldt, Determination, Sculpture, Bronze,
Copyright Photo: Manfred Wigger
In 2004, an immense bronze sculpture of an angel “Erdenengel” (Earth Angel) was unveiled at the famous memorial St. Nikolai Church, awarded by the Hamburg Gouvernment, Head of Cultural Affairs, Prof. Dr. Karin von Welck. Edith Breckwoldt has created a symbol of world peace, but moreover a piece of contemporary art, that becomes international recognition on the world stage.
Just three years later in 2007, the former cancellor and native of Hamburg Helmut Schmidt organized to install Henry Moore’s sculpture “Large Two Figures” in public park Hamburg Moorweide to remember to war and reconciliation between the European nations.
So what is it? What makes Edith Breckwoldt’s work so unique and unforgetable? No doubt, it is this hybrid language where Modernism meets the Contemporary through inner and outer journeys, where vibrant visions become reality. It means listening to your innermost self, being quiet, being impulsive, marvelling, hoping – hearing your heartbeat and being overwhelmed.
Reflecting the universe of time and space, Edith Breckwoldt’s work combines technical precision with passion and innovation. Her symbolism is manifested in the relationship between the outside world and the microcosm of inner feelings. A dream came true. Thank you Edith, thanks to the universe for that unforgetable artist.
Edith Breckwoldt Gallery and Foundation in Hamburg, Germany
Sculpture Garden, Schloß Hohenlinden, Hamburg
Copyright Photos: Manfred Wigger
Parties interested in being considered to visit Edith Breckwoldt’s Art Estate, Private Collection and Sculpture Garden in Hamburg should direct inquiries to
Edith Breckwoldt’s Art Trustee and Curator, Dr. Barbara Aust-Wegemund, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Edith Breckwoldt Foundation
Gallery & Sculpture Garden
Alte Landstraße 272
Artist-in Residence at FRISE Hamburg
Dr. Barbara Aust-Wegemund
Phone +49. (0)176. 54 360 398