jo niemeyer            Biography


1946   born in Alf on the river Mosel

1962-65 studied graphic arts and photography

1966   painted his first pictures involving geometric structures

1966-67 periods of study in Canada, USA and Scandinavia

1967-68 studied at the Helsinki Institute “Ateneum” for Industrial Design

1970   began working as an independent artist

1971   first paintings based on serial principles, systematic investigations

of pictorial forms, ordering systems and pictorial structures

1979   worked on the project “Modul 618”

1983-86 taught at the Finnish Academy of Arts in Helsinki

1989   first drafts for the land-art project “20 Steps”

1997   installation of “20 Steps around the Globe“ in Ropinsalmi, Finland, and Nickle, GUS

2005   the project “light“, Mt. Toubkal, Morocco

2005   installation of “Oxford2Oxford“ at The Queen's College, Oxford, England

lives and works alternately in Germany, Finland and France

Personal Exhibitions (incomplete list)

1974  The Lilianhof Gallery, Freiburg, Germany

1976  The Felluss Gallery, Washington D.C., USA

1977  The Apogee Gallery, Princeton N.J., USA

1978  The Art Package, Chicago, USA

1978  The Doré Gallery, Söndersö, Denmark

1980  The Bartha Gallery, Basel, Switzerland

1980  The Wack Gallery, Kaiserslautern, Germany

1983  The Artek Gallery, Helsinki, Finland

1984  Alvar Aalto Museum, Jyväskylä, Finland

1985  The Gallery de Sluis, Leidschendam, Holland

1986  The Wack Gallery, Kaiserslautern, Germany

1988  Kunstverein Friedberg, Wetterau Museum, Friedberg, Germany

1991  The St. Olof Gallery, Norrköping, Sweden

1995  The “rot-blau blau-rot“, Kunsthaus am Moritzplatz, Berlin, Germany

1996  The Villa Jankovsky Gallery, Kajaani, Finland

2001  The Konkret Gallery, Sulzburg, Germany

2002  Hans Thoma Museum, Bernau, Germany

2003  Institute for Constructive Art in Rehau, Germany “proportio divina“

2003  E-Werk Hallen for Art in Freiburg, Germany “Aspects of Constructive Art XXXIV“

2004  The Villa Jankovsky Gallery, Kajaani, Finland

2005  “concrete art“, The Cultural Centre of Eastern Helsinki, Finland

2006  The Rogatka Gallery, University of Radom, Poland

2007  The Konkret Gallery, Sulzburg, Germany

2007  The Cultural Forum, Lodz, Poland

2009  The Arithmeum, Bonn, Germany

Joint Exhibitions (incomplete list)

1978  Edward Brown Studio, New York, USA

1978  “Finnische Konstruktive“, SWB Forum  Bern, Switzerland

1981  “Finnish Constructive Art“, the Kunsthalle Waaghaus, Winterthur, Switzerland

1981  The Ravensburg Gallery, Ravensburg, Germany

1982  “arte della finlandia“,  the Museum Villa Malpensata, Lugano, Switzerland

1986  The Galerie der Künstler, Munich, Germany

1986  “von zwei quadraten“ , the Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen, Germany

1987  “mathematik in der kunst“,  the Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen, Germany

1989  “arte sistemático y constructivo actual“, Madrid, Spain

1989  Ålands- Konstmuseum, Finland

1990  “vertikal-diagonal-horizontal“, the Kunsthaus Hamburg, Germany

1990  “Graphica Creativa 90“,  the Alvar Aalto Museum, Jyväskylä, Finland

1993  “art construit du rhin supérieur“,  Belfort, France

1993  “energie“,  the Museum for Concrete Art, Ingolstadt, Germany

1994  “projekt 30x30“,  the Wilhelm Hack Museum, Luwigshafen, Germany

1995  “Zeichen der Zeit“, the Forum Konkrete Kunst, Erfurt, Germany

1996  “System 618“, the Japan Museum, Okayama-ken, Japan

1997  “geo-grafie geo-metrie“, the Säulenhalle Albertina, Wien, Austria

1999  “Hommage à Vordemberge-Gildewart“, the Kunsthalle Osnabrück, Germany

2003  “Europe-concrete-reductive“, the Museum of Architecture, Wroclaw, Poland

2002  “konstruktiv – konkret“, the Neher Gallery, Essen, Germany

2004  “Concrete Art from Baden-Württemberg“, the Studio Gallery, Warschau, Poland

1999  “pure abstract art“, the Mondriaanhuis, Amersfoort, Holland

2003  “Grafikzyklen“, the Sammlung Rosskopf, Freiburg, Germany

2003  “konkrete kunst – einheit und vielfalt“, the Villa Kobe, Halle, Germany

2003  “installation 2003“,  the New Art Centre Roche Court, England

2005  “Experiment Konkret“,  the Museum for Concrete Art, Ingolstadt, Germany

2004-08  Museum Polish Sculpture Centre, Osonsko, Poland

2008  “L’arte Costruisce L’Europa“,  the Galleria Civica Gian Battista Bosio, Italy

2007  “Sammlung Gutmann“, the Haus Konstruktiv, Zuerich, Switzerland

2009  “konstruktiv – konkret“, the Neher Gallery, Essen, Germany

2010  „Klassische Moderne - Kunst nach 45“, Galerie Neher  Essen Germany

2010  "L'arte costruisce il mondo", Italy

2010  Punita Gallery, Mumbai India

2010  ”Couleur et Géoméotrie - Actualités de l'art construit européen”, Musées de Sens , France

2010  Kunstverein Halle” Form und Farbe Konkrete Kunst der Gegenwart in Europa”,  Germany

2010  galerie konkret, „baden-württemberg konkret“, Sulzburg, Germany

2010  Kunsthaus Nürnberg, Germany

2011  National Museum Kielce  Poland

2011  Vordemberge-Gildewart-Initiative Galerie "5 Jahre VG-Galerie" Osnabrück, Germany

Numerous works of art by Jo Niemeyer have won awards at

home and abroad and are owned by private collectors and

public institutions. Some of the latter are listed here: the

Stiftung für Konkrete Kunst, Reutlingen, Germany, the Museum

for Concrete Art, Ingolstadt, Germany, Die Neue Sammlung in

the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany, the city of

Jyväskylä, Finland, MoMa, New York, USA, the Finnish National

Gallery, Helsinki, Finland, the Mondriaanhuis, Amersfoort,

Holland, the Nickle Arts Museum, University of Calgary,

Canada, the National Museum in Krakow, Poland, the Haus

Konstruktiv, Zürich, Switzerland, and the Arithmeum, Bonn,


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