On 1 July 2018, the Dutch artist Armando died in Potsdam, member of the Academy of Arts since 1996.
Herman Dirk van Dodeweerd aka Armando was born in Amsterdam in 1929. As a co-founder of the Nederlandse Informele Groep, he is known as the representative of a strict black-and-white or light-dark painting, which maintained intensive contacts with the group Nul and Zero.
Armando came in 1979 as a scholarship holder of the Berlin Artists Program of the German Academic Exchange Service to Berlin. The painter, draftsman, sculptor, writer and musician devoted himself to leitmotifs that can be traced back to his historical consciousness: “The past thinks and gives reason to think,” wrote Armando in 1973 in memory of his youth, which he spent near the Nazi transit camp in Amersfoort, the Netherlands , Looking back on his personal impressions and fascinated by the question of under what conditions people tend to violence and how time influences forgetting, he developed his theme fund. In his pictures, he dealt with places where violence and war crimes took place. Armando tried all his life to put the beauty and the evil in relation:
“… this beauty compels me to bring evil into the innocent, as the amoral domain of art. And see: evil is no longer evil, it is art. “(1987)
Since 1988 he has been transforming many of his paintings into bronze objects. His sculptures of archetypal character evoke associations that are firmly anchored in our cultural consciousness and in our memory, as his work The Warrior, which was erected in 2013 on Potsdamer Skulpturenpfad.
“Armando was, in the most positive sense, a narrator,” says Wulf Herzogenrath, the director of the Fine Arts Section, “he has never strictly separated content and form from each other like many others of his generation. But he has never attempted to depict, but has given his works the painterly and sculptural truthfulness as an art and harnessed the strength and energy of the medium. ”
The Academy of Arts mourns over its member.
President of the Academy of Arts
Director of the Fine Arts Section
Image Caption: Akademie der Künste on Pariser Platz – Photo: ART@Berlin, Stephanie
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