FORT MADISON - The Fort Madison Area Arts Association is exhibiting an exceptional body of work in October. Hans Breder | Intermedia Retrospective opens Friday, October 6, 2023, with an opening reception from 5pm to 7pm. The FMAAA Art Center is located at 825 Avenue G in Fort Madison, Iowa. Hans Breder was a remarkable German born artist who established himself in New York in the 1950’s then made Iowa his home in the 1960's as he became a professor in the much-acclaimed art department of the University of Iowa. Breder founded the Intermedia Program in the School of Art & Art History in 1968 and directed it until his retirement as a F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Professor in 2000. His work positioned at the fore front of new ways to conceive art as he bravely broke down the barriers between media to grapple with and articulate new sensory possibilities and aesthetics. An accomplished traditional studio artist, his work challenged what we see using mirrors, sound, shadow, light, performance, video and ever-evolving technology as he reached beyond the known studio to embrace other media to grapple with ideas. His work often knifes along the edge of what we rationally see and shimmers into a liminal area of perception. As he blazed a path seeking to explore Intermedia, he laid the foundation for others to follow with their own questions and curiosity into what is now commonly known as Interdisciplinary Arts.
Breder exhibited extensively from New York to Moscow, Mexico City to Japan including at MOMA and as the first video artist invited to participate in three Whitney Biennials. His lasting impact on the art world ripples on today with his substantial collection of art making its way into public spaces throughout Iowa along with many of his former students positioned as artists or writers themselves and in art departments in universities across the Midwest. The FMAAA Art Center will be exhibiting thirty-one pieces from nine different areas of focus and spanning the breadth of Breder’s career in this month-long exhibition along with a gallery talk and a performance evening at the end of the month. This exhibition is made possible through an acquisition from the Hans Breder Estate graciously facilitated by Doreen Nidey along with the generous support of FMAAA Members Kathy and Chuck Osmanski.
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