Hubert Rieber

10.04. – 18.09.2011, in the 2-Raum

"Solid craftsmanship is certainly the foundation for the uniqueness of Hubert Rieber's work. Equally fascinating is the rigour of his formal vocabulary. Rieber's works stand in a sculptural tradition that brings together the human figure and geometric abstract form. Thus the figure is not just a matter of content but also of form. Yet regardless of the degree of abstraction, the size and proportion of his works consistently bring to mind the human figure."

(Stefan Simon in: Hubert Rieber - The Human Image, Museum Biedermann 2011)


The following publication is available on request for this exhibition:

  • Hubert Rieber

    Museum Biedermann Donaueschingen / modo Verlag Freiburg, 2011 (Language: German, English)


22.09. – 30.10.2011, in the 2-Raum

Photographic works from Ralf Brunner,
on the occasion of the CHI Fürst Joachim zu Fürstenberg Memorial Tournament

As the Donaueschingen Horse Show reaches one of its high spots when the four-in-hand marathon drives spectacularly through the Brigach, it is no surprise for regular visitors to the show to see a photographer standing in the middle of the water hazard calmly taking photographs, apparently unperturbed by what is going on around him.

It is photographer and photo-journalist Ralf Brunner, who originates from Donauseschingen and now lives in Hamburg. For many years, this has been one of his favourite locations for taking some of his best and most impressive pictures.

A selection of his best works is on show in the Museum Biedermann from 22nd September 2011.


06.11.2011 – 12.02.2012, in the 2-Raum

Indian Ink Drawings and wood sculptures from Jo Winter

When you hear the word vegetation, you think of plants and how they grow. In "Vegetations" from the artist Jo Winter, you will also be confronted by different, abstract implementations and forms of plants and plant life: buds, tree sections and complete, stylised trees. It tackles the topics of envelopment and breaking out, it represents sharpness and softness, concealment and exposure.

The artist creates this in wood with a chainsaw and on transparent paper with brush and Indian ink. A small selection from his collection of organic creations appearing as they do to be almost alive, hinting at growth and change, will be on show at the Museum Biedermann Reading Room until February.


The following publication is available on request for this exhibition:

  • Jo Winter

    Museum Biedermann Donaueschingen / modo Verlag Freiburg, 2011 (Language: German, English)

The Collective Larder | by and with Gabriela Oberkofler

18.03. – 13.05.2012, in the 2-Raum

18 March 2012 - 13 May 2012

Entering into a direct dialogue with the inhabitants of Donaueschingen, Museum Biedermann is collecting delicious homemade cakes, pickles and preserves in its temporary larder.

Sunday, 20 May 2012, 12 - 2:00 pm - International Museum Day:
The collection of homemade foodstuffs is transformed into an art installation and then jointly prepared into a festive banquet for all participants.

Join in!

Collection point:
Museum Biedermann, 18 March - 13 May 2012, Tuesday-Sunday, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

P.S. Please make sure that your items will still be good to eat to eat on 20 May 2012!

An art event by Gabriela Oberkofler at Museum Biedermann to coincide with the Heimattage Baden-Württemberg and the International Museum Day 2012, in cooperation with the City of Donaueschingen.


The following publication is available on request for this exhibition:

  • Die Kollektive Speisekammer

    by and with Gabriela Oberkofler
    Museum Biedermann, Donaueschingen, 2012 (Language: German)

Parallel exhibition to the sculpture project "Baden-Württemberg designs"

17.05. – 16.09.2012, in the 2-Raum

Works from Reiner Ecke, Klaus Münch and Paul Schwer

On the occasion of the Homeland Days, hosted jointly this year by Donaueschingen, Hüfingen and Bräunlingen, Reiner Ecke, Klaus Münch and Paul Schwer have been invited to create an artistic record of the Brigach over the course of year, as it flows from the Christuskirche to the Museum Biedermann. The three artists were selected from a group of 12 applicants who submitted their project ideas at the request of the jury.

At the same time as the sculpture project, a small parallel exhibition opened in the Museum Biedermann Reading Room that takes a more in-depth look at the artistic creations of the three artists.

A cooperation with the town of Donaueschingen on the occasion of the Homeland Days 

Zeljko Rusic

14.10.2012 – 10.02.2013, in the 2-Raum

Zeljko Rusic - born in Croatia in 1967 and living in Königsfeld in the Black Forest since 1991 - is a sculptor in a very literal sense of the word. Rusic works with a chisel and chainsaw, always fastening his works from a single piece of wood. Every blow, every chop is precisely placed. Man stands at the centre of his work, coarsely hewn from wood, and yet fragile. His figures often stand on stelae, less as triumphal statues, but rather wisp-like, teetering between self-certitude and a yawning precipice.

In his newer works, the sculptures stretch upward like heaven-bound skyscrapers, where just at the top, a tiny human frame appears - sometimes alone, at others, in pairs or in groups. Is this mankind enthroned on his crowning achievements, or the moloch threatening to swallow him whole? The sculptures allow the viewer the freedom to make associations, speaking to him through their sensuality and fusion of abstract and concrete figurative form. 


The following publication is available on request for this exhibition:

  • Zeljko Rusic

    Wood Sculptures
    Museum Biedermann Donaueschingen / modo Verlag Freiburg, 2012 (Language: German, English)

Josef Bücheler - Works on and in Paper

17.02. – 16.06.2013, in the 2-Raum

Josef Bücheler, born in 1936 in Wiesbaden, lives and works in Rottweil-Hausen. After apprenticeships as an interior decorator, upholsterer and glass painter, he spent a few years as a novice in the Benedictine abbey of St. Matthias in Trier before moving to Rottweil on the Neckar in 1965. He embarked on his career as an artist in the 1960s, initially working with polyester before turning his attention to works in stretched fabric and later to objects made of willow switches, paper and rope.

Bücheler has been working with these simple materials for several decades, often combining them with earth, graphite, mud and ash. Among the many inspirations he cites for his art are the years he spent working for a development aid project in Bangladesh.

Josef Bücheler came to wider attention with his paper installations in living trees. He glued colourful paper wings to the branches, leaving them exposed to the weather. In Baden-Württemberg he is not only known as an artist but also as a great facilitator and mediator. In 1993 he initiated the ‘Marchtaler Fenster', a platform for contemporary sculpture in the monastery of Obermarchtal, which he curated until 2008. Similarly, he was one of the key instigators of the ‘Kunstdünger' project, an installation of sculptures in a field in Rottweil-Hausen. Among the many awards Büchler has won are the Erich Heckel Prize of the Künstlerbund Baden-Württemberg (Baden-Württemberg Artists' Association) in 1996 and the Jury Prize of the Donaueschingen Regionale in 2011. Josef Bücheler's works on and in paper are on show in the Reading Room and in the Technical Museum of the Biedermann Museum until June 2013.


The following publication is available on request for this exhibition:

  • Josef Bücheler

    Museum Biedermann Donaueschingen / modo Verlag Freiburg, 2012 (Language: German, English)


30.06. – 03.11.2013, in the 2-Raum

Foreign objects have always played a part in art, and they are crucial to the recirculatory nature of Putze's work. The artist's skill in finding foreign objects and his practice of recycling leftover bits and pieces identify him as a hunter-gatherer. Guided by an infallible aesthetic sense, he finds, hoards and sorts the written-off detritus of our modern throwaway society. His storeroom is brimming with anything and everything our consumer world has to offer. But however intuitive and playful his selection of banal everyday objects may appear, Putze's use of them and their combination with worked pieces of wood is invariably poised and consistent. A spätzle press becomes the head of a crane, a truck tyre metamorphoses into an oversized sea horse and an electric motor into the body of a cat...

But the main purpose of the scrap material, however striking, is to complement or contradict the wood. The sculptor is primarily interested in the fundamental nature of animals or people. His material - including wood carved with great aplomb, perfectionism and an eye for essential form - is merely a means to get closer to that fundamental nature, or to the alienation from it. Thomas Putze unfailingly succeeds in striking a balance between form and content.

His fantastical zoo is all topsy-turvy, with some of the human inhabitants displaying the many possible and impossible facets of existence. Instead of heads this human faction sports old empty cans. As so often in his work, Thomas Putze turns the established order upside down and opens a wide field of interpretation and dialogue.

(Excerpted from: Stefan Simon, ‘PUTZE CANNED', Museum Biedermann, 2013)


The following publication is available on request for this exhibition:

  • Thomas Putze

    Museum Biedermann, Donaueschingen / modo Verlag Freiburg, 2013 (Language: German / English)

Angela M. Flaig - Objects and Assemblages

24.11.2013 – 16.02.2014, in the 2-Raum

The artist Angela Maria Flaig arranges flying seeds of thistles, clematis or dandelions into geometric shapes that look incredibly delicate and fragile, yet at the same time they form a solid cosmos, a structurally sound larger whole.

From 24 November 2013 to 16 February 2014 we are presenting Objects and Assemblages by Angela M. Flaig in the Reading Room and in the Technical Museum Biedermann, which frequently provide a forum for regional artists. Flaig arranges a wide range of flying seeds into spheres, pyramids, bowls or cubes. She gathers her material on walks through the meadows, fields and forests surrounding her home in Rottweil-Hausen. Back in her studio, she sorts the day's bounty. Seeds are never mixed; each of her series focuses on one type of seed alone.

The effect is utterly astounding: the mass of tiny flying seeds, fine feathery down and minuscule granules make us think of chaos, but at the same time there is an order, a floating, meditative weightlessness, an enchanting abundance.

Angela M. Flaig, born in Schramberg in 1948, studied education science in Rottweil and has been exhibiting her work in Germany and abroad since 1977. In her early work she explored the effects of pliage and frottage, used charcoal, sand and handmade paper in investigative pieces. Since the 1990s she has been working with plant material, creating her distinctive herbaria. She moistens paper and sprinkles it with seeds. When they have sprouted she shapes the saturated paper. Alternatively, she arranges seeds into feathery objects, often suspending them from the ceiling from nylon strings to form expansive installations. Flaig enchants the viewer with delicate, almost transparent yet highly concentrated objects that have a powerful aura.


The following publication is available on request for this exhibition:

  • Angela M. Flaig

    Objects and Material Images
    Museum Biedermann, Donaueschingen / modo Verlag Freiburg, 2013 (Language: German / English)

Martin Kasper - Paintings

16.03. – 29.06.2014, in the 2-Raum

From March to June 2014 visitors to the Reading Room can enjoy pictures of architectural spaces by Martin Kasper who took a closer look at the history of the Museum Biedermann. Born in 1962 in Schramberg, Martin Kasper studied at the Karlsruhe Academy. He is guest lecturer in Strasbourg and lives in Freiburg.

Stairways, light fixtures and empty interiors of special buildings seen from particular angles are central to his work. Painted in muted, softly blurred colours, his carefully composed, visually striking pictures tell the story of these buildings.

Kasper, who painted Museum Biedermann when it was still a cinema, allows visitors a glimpse of our recent history.


The following publication is available on request for this exhibition:

  • Martin Kasper

    Museum Biedermann, Donaueschingen / modo Verlag Freiburg, 2014 (Language: German / English)