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oskar holweck portrait



1924 St. Ingbert

2007 St. Ingbert

Oskar Holweck studied 1946 to 1949 at the State School for Arts and Crafts in Saarbrücken with Boris Kleint. From 1949 to 1951 he took up studies at the École des arts appliqués à l’industrie and at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière, both in Paris. In 1951 he was appointed as an assistant at the State School for Arts and Crafts. From 1956 Oskar Holweck was head of the ‘Basic Teaching’ class at the same school, and he also taught at the Staatliche Werkkunstschule in Saarbrücken and at the Saarland University of Applied Sciences in the field of design of ‘Design Theory’.

His ink drawings from the 1950s can be assigned to the Informel; they are characterized by an almost constructive-concrete structure and often show serial orders. Since the 1960s, Holweck has been working almost exclusively with his masterfully formed technique of tearing paper. Created in two dimensions, his works appear three-dimensional, more like sculptural compositions. He uses different techniques: he tears, compresses, folds, crumples and fans out paper. Over time, his paper sculptures took on more and more filigree and complicated structures.


-Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerpen
-Staatsgalerie Stuttgart
-Kunsthaus Zürich
-Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf
-Museum Folkwang, Essen
-DaimlerChrysler Collection, Berlin
-Sammlung der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn
-Schloss Morsbroich, Städtisches Museum Leverkusen
-Museum Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern
-Kaiser-Wilhelm-Museum, Krefeld
-Deutsches Museum, München
-Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, München
-Sammlung Lenz, Kronberg
-Museum für Papier- und Buchkunst Lenningen
-Bürgermeister-Ludwig-Reichert-Haus, Ludwigshafen am Rhein
-Ulmer Museum
-Städtische Galerie Fruchthalle, Rastatt
-Saarlandmuseum, Saarbrücken
-Historisches Museum Saar, Saarbrücken
-Regierung des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken
-Stadt Saarbrücken
-Sparkasse Saarbrücken
-Agentur für Arbeit, Saarbrücken
-Deutsche Bundesbank, Filiale Saarbrücken
-Sammlung Lütze II, Stuttgart


Please follow the link for the extensive exhibition list/monographs etc: http://institut-aktuelle-kunst.de/kuenstlerlexikon/holweck-oskar