Hann Trier

Biography

German-Colombian painter. Born Hans Gerhard Franz Trier 1 August 1915 in Düsseldorf- Kaiserswerth. 1934-8: studied at the Düsseldorf Akademie für Bildende Künste (Kunstakademie); travelled in Europe, especially Italy and France. October 1939-41: military service with Luftwaffe. 1941-4: technical draughtsman in Berlin. 1944-5: military service in Denmark and East Front. 1945-6: stage decorator in Nordhausen, Thuringia. 1946-52: painted in Burg Bornheim , near Bonn. 1952-5: travels in USA and Latin America. Worked in Bogotá, Colombia, as advertising designer. 1955-6: taught at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste (now the Hochschule der Künste), Hamburg. 1957-80: taught at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Berlin. 1972-8: executes ceiling paintings and murals. Died 14 June 1999. Numerous awards: Bleving Davis Prize, Munich, 1950; Art Prize, City of Darmstadt, 1960; Grand Prize for Art, State of North Rhine Westphalia, 1962; Art Prize, City of West Berlin, 1966; Art Prize, City of Cologne, 1967.

Writings by

  • ‘On Nature’, exh. cat., Galerie Der Spiegel, Cologne, 1956
  • see exh. cat ., 1972

Writings about

  • Prof. Dr Grote (intro.), Hann Trier (exh. cat.), Munich: Galerie Stangl, 1964 (includes list of exhibitions)
  • A. Wannemacher, ‘Städte werben…’, Graphik, 8, 1950, pp. 410-12 (poster, p. 410)
  • documenta (exh. cat.), Munich: Prestel, 1955
  • Galerie Der Spiegel (exh. cat.), Cologne, 1956 (includes biography)
  • Vollmer, 1958 (bibliography)
  • Hann Trier, Gemälde, Zeichnungen, Graphiken, 1951-72 (exh. cat.), Rheinisches Landesmuseum, Bonn, Bonn: Rheinland, 1972 (includes solo exhs 1948-71, group exhs 1952-71, bibliography inc. brief writings by HT and others)
  • H.A. Halbey, Scriptura, 1979
  • Eberhard Roters, Hann Trier – Die Deckengemälde in Berlin, Heidelberg und Köln, 1981
  • S. Fehlemann and others, Hann Trier Retrospektive Bilder 1949-89 (exh. cat. for Heydt Museum, Wuppertal), Cologne: Wienand, 1990 (includes biography)
  • Ute Gerlach-Laxner, Hann Trier. Werkverzeichnis der Druckgraphik, Cologne, 1994
  • Ellen Schwinzer and Christoph Wagner (eds.), Hann Trier. Metamorphose. Der Farbe Aquarelle 1946-95, Hamm: Gustav-Lübcke-Museum, 1995 (biography, exhibitions 1980-95, writings about).
  • Eberhard Hölscher, ‘Deutscher Künstlerbund Berlin’ (poster competition), Gebrauchsgraphik (International Advertising Art), Berlin: Phönix Illustrationsdruck und Verlag GmbH (later: ‘Gebrauchsgraphik’ Druck und Verlag GmbH), 1933-71. Published from Munich from 1950., Oct. 1951, pp. 32-5
  • Erich Pfeiffer-Belli, ‘The exhibition programmes of the German Council of Art’, Gebrauchsgraphik (International Advertising Art), Berlin: Phönix Illustrationsdruck und Verlag GmbH (later: ‘Gebrauchsgraphik’ Druck und Verlag GmbH), 1933-71. Published from Munich from 1950., March 1959, pp. 48-53 (esp. pp. 48, 49)

Exhibitions

  • Staatenhaus d. Messe, Cologne, 1949 (group)
  • Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, 1952 (with others)
  • Kunst- und Museumsverein, Wuppertal, 1952
  • Kunstverein, Braunschweig, 1952
  • Düsseldorf, 1953 (Neue Rheinische Sezession)
  • Schloss Morsbroich, Leverkusen, 1954
  • ‘documenta’, Kassel, 1955
  • Galerie Der Spiegel, Cologne, 1951, 1954, 1956
  • Gallery Kleeman, New York, 1956
  • Kunstgalerie, Wuppertal, 1957
  • Cologne, 1958
  • Documenta II, Kassel, 1959
  • Galerie Stangl, Munich, 1964
  • Rheinisches Landesmuseum, Bonn, 1972
  • Kunstverein, Cologne, 1979
  • Saarland Museum, Saarbrücken
  • Heydt Museum, Wuppertal, 1990
  • Goethe-Institut, London, 1990 (then Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, 1990)
  • Gustav-Lübcke-Museum, Hamm, 1995 (then to Pfalzgalerie, Kaiserslautern, 1996).