Stefan Wewerka, German (1928 - 2013)

Stefan Wewerka

Stefan Wewerka was born on 27 October, the second son of the sculptor Rudolf Wewerka and his wife Margaret, née Weber, in Magdeburg Wilhelm city.

Schooling in Magdeburg on the Berthold-Otto-school.

(During school occasional meetings with the anti-fascist priest Dr. Peter Lackas whose conversations about religion, art and politics provided an important counterpoint to the Hitler Youth.)

The end of 1944
Collection for the Reich Labor Service. (During a train ride to military recruiting office in Halberstadt he presents himself in the Harz mountains from where the mother had been evacuated.)

After the war for half a year in the studio of his father in Winsen Aller (Lüneburg Heath).

The father returned to Magdeburg.

Studied architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin, as a student of Max Taut, Eduard Ludwig and Georg Leowald.

Together with Werner Rausch (re) construction of the International Students Home Eichkamp.

England travel (from London to Scarborough, Yorkshire). (Will be impressed by the landscape and garden architecture and undamaged by war "mean architecture".)

Work on various construction projects and competitions in the brothers Luckhardt in Berlin office. From one of the competitions is a works contract: The residential tower at Kottbusser Tor.
Travel to Holland (Amsterdam, Rotterdam). Makes the acquaintance of the architects Huijg Aart Maaskant, Willem van Tijen, Aldo van Eyck, Jaap Bakema. A strong impression on him the buildings, especially the De Stijl group.

First prize in the competition for the country's Hostel Bonn-Venusberg.

Moving to Bonn to oversee the construction of the country's Hostel Bonn-Venusberg.

Stops at the CIAM meeting (Congrès international de l'Architecture Moderne) to Aix-en-Provence. Here he meets Max Bill, Siegfried Giedion, Le Corbusier, Fernand Léger, José Louis Sert and Walter Gropius.

After completion of the work at the hostel moved to Cologne.
Freelancer at Cologne architect Hans Schilling office.
Design House Kerssenboom (not built).

Christmas 1954/1955
First trip to Vienna. Learn Monsignor Otto Maurer know who runs the gallery Next St. Stephan.

Art Congress in Seckau monastery in Styria hosted by Otto Maurer. Here he meets Hundertwasser, Arnulf Rainer, Pierre Restany, Josef Mikl, Wolfgang Hollegha, Anton Lehmden, Markus Prachensky, Hans Hollein and HC Artmann.
Drawings of "Erdarchitektur" arise.

Marriage with Ingrid Broich and birth of son Alexander.
The CIAM (Congrès international de l'Architecture Moderne) dissolves their XI. Meeting in Otterlo / Holland and is founded in the TEAM X (Ten) (including George Candilis, Shadrach Woods, Alison & Peter Smithson, Jacob Berend Bakema, Aldo van Eyck).

If the first X-TEAM meeting invited in Bagnols-sur-Cèze in France and puts his Erdarchitektur here.
Sets the Erdarchitektur in the studio Mary Bauermeister, Cologne, from.
Meets in the gallery of Mary Bauermeister and Haro Lauhus among others on Cornelius Cardew, Nam June Paik, Daniel Spoerri, Robert Filliou, Ben Patterson.

First dissection, chair sculptures.
Interior concept for the gallery DuMont in width Street in Cologne.

Annual relocation to Paris. Work in the office Candilis, Josic, Woods.
(During the time in Paris he studied in detail the late classical buildings of the brothers Auguste and Gustave Perret and deals with the theoretical conversion of old cities).


Returns with family back to Berlin. Nearly three and a half years working in the office of Hans Scharoun.

Birth of their second son, Philip.
Visiting Professor at Washington University. Outside the classroom, he works in the competition for the settlement Ruhwald in Berlin. Its design is excellent, but not realized.

Back to West Germany. Dedicated to now intensively his free artistic work, which is expressed in a variety of drawings, prints, etchings, objects.
Work for Georg Leowald in Dusseldorf. This first encounter with Joseph Beuys and Al Hansen.
At a preview of the gallery Zwirner in Cologne first meeting with Dieter Roth. Developed jointly created drawings and prints in the following years.
First solo exhibition at Tobiès and Silex in Cologne.
Four-week teaching position at the Architekturfakultaet the Technical University of Aachen.

Two month trip to New York. On the way, stop in Reykjavik to visit Dieter Roth.
Double exhibition of Dieter Roth at Tobiès and Silex in Cologne.

"Ludwig van" for the movie "Ludwig van" by Mauricio Kagel

Commuting between England and Germany. In London first encounter with Richard Hamilton and the sculptor Eduardo Paolozzi. Reunion with Alison and Peter Smithson.

Film "Paestum" (with Al Hansen) and "The Last Meeting"

Early 1973
Back to Cologne.

Professor at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences.

Cooperation with the company TECTA. He painted numerous tables and chairs, kitchen tree, Cella and other furniture.

Begins to deal with the development of clothing.

from 1983
Steel sculptures

Inauguration of the he designed TECTA Expo pavilions.

Participation in the documenta 8 in Kassel, for which he designed a pavilion and the "overseer chair". The pavilion is constructed one year later at the Kunstakademie Münster.
Documentary "Crazy Worlds - The careers of Stefan Wewerka" (directed by Lothar Spree) Awarded the Adolf Grimme Award in Silver 1988


Bridge in the park of the family of Sergeant Wanas (Sweden).

Set design for "Waiting for Godot" by Samuel Beckett Theater am Neumarkt, Zurich.

Furniture designs for the Swedish company Källemo (Long Chair and Olga first-chair)
from 1992
Olga chair and table 2 series for Dynamite Montana Möbler (Denmark) and several booths for Montana Möbler
Let UmBauhaus
UmBauhaus Schmitter

UmBauhaus Eckermann

Steel sculptures


Wave Patterns (watercolors)


Design for the "Otto-pillar" for the Magdeburg Cathedral Square

On September 14, Stefan Wewerka died.

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