Retrospective

Memorial exhibitions, publications and activities after the artist's death


Impressions from the Bowien Retrospective 2014 at the Solingen Art Museum


1973

  • Springe / Deister, exhibition in the district home museum (25.08.0 bis 30.09), introductory speech by Hans Karl Pesch

1974

  • Weil am Rhein, exhibition in the Bowiens residence (January 2nd to 14th and December 1st to 15th), introductory speech by Hans Karl Pesch.
  • Rabat / Morocco, exhibition at the Goethe Institute (December 4th to 14th), opening by the German ambassador Dr. Hendus.

1975

  • Weil am Rhein, Haus der Volksbildung (03.bis011.05.). Opening by Dr. E. M. Fallet, Bern
  • Solingen, Deutsches Klingenmuseum (15.05. bis 13.07.), together with pictures of his teacher Robert Engels, introductory speech by Hans Karl Pesch. Songs by Werner Krahnert based on lyrical poems by Hanns Heinen were premiered.
  • On May 27, 1975 Dr. Dieter Freiling gave a lecture in the Solingen Rotary Club on the subject "The fullness of life - seen by the artists Erwin Bowien, Hanns Heinen and Bettina Heinen-Ayech", plus presentation of Bowien's pictures by Bettina Heinen-Ayech.

1976

  • Gladbeck (Stadt Bottrop), Wasserschloß Wittringen (14.03. bis 25.04), Introductory speech by Hans Karl Pesch
  • Solingen (Klingenmuseum), the Freundeskreis Erwin Bowien e.V. was founded on October 2, 1976, first president: Dr. Eduard M. Fallet, second president: Bettina Heinen-Ayech

1977

  • Bern, Galerie d´Art Münster (25.01. bis 15.02.). Opening by Dr. E. M. Fallet
  • The Swiss magazine "Leben und Glaube" was published on September 17, 1977 with a colored cover, a flower picture (1962) by Erwin Bowien
  • Weil am Rhein, Local history museum of the city of Weil am Rhein, inauguration of the Bowienstube (October 22), introductory words by Dr. E. M. Fallet
  • Haus der Volksbildung / Weil am Rhein, (22. und 23.11.), Exhibition from Weiler privately owned
  • Algier, Art association, gallery Mohamed Racim (15.11.bis 26.11)

1978

  • Buchschlag Dreieich, Bürgersaal (06. bis 17.09.), organized by the Buchschlag Cultural Association, opened by Mayor Meudt and President Bettina Heinen-Ayech
  • Solingen, Hotel Stadt Solingen (August 31 to October 1). New compositions by Werner Krahnert based on poems by Hanns Heinen were premiered.

1979

  • Weil am Rhein,Municipal Museum of Local History (03.09.), Commemoration for the 80th birthday of Erwin Bowien

1980

  • Remscheid, Municipal Museum of Local History Remscheid-Hasten (July 6th to August 24th), opening speech by Hans Karl Pesch

1981

Monograph on Erwin Bowien
Monograph on Erwin Bowien
  • Solingen, Publication of a monograph on Erwin Bowien, written by art critic and vice-president of the Erwin Bowien e.V., Hans Karl Pesch, with contributions in English and French as well as 13 color and 33 black and white illustrations of pictures and drawings

1982

  • Solingen, Exhibition entitled "Bergisches Land" in the Deutsches Klingenmuseum (September 11th to 26th)

1983

  • In the lecture series "Significant Solingen" of the local association of Solingen in the "Bergisches Geschichtsverein", the art historian Hans Karl Pesch gave a public slide lecture on March 15, 1983 in the city of Sparkasse in Solingen with the title "Erwin Bowien - man and painter".

1984

  • Weil am Rhein, Municipal gallery Stapflehus (15.03. bis 08.04.)
  • Solingen, Deutsches Klingenmuseum (19.08. bis 07.10),  Topic: Representation of the Rhine from its sources to its mouths, opening speech by Hans Karl Pesch

1985

  • Algier, Goethe-Institut (19. bis 30.11.), under the patronage of the German Ambassador Dr. Heinz Dröge, introductory speech by Prof. Ali Ali-Khodja. Ms. Marianne Kopatz sang poems by Hanns Heinen, composed by Dr. Peter Költringer.

1986

  • Solingen, Stadtsparkasse Solingen (16.09. bis 16.10.), Author: Holland 1932-1942. Introductory speech by Hans Karl Pesch. Bowien's works, which are owned by the Dutch royal family, were made available to the public for the first time. An exhibition catalog was published, text by Hans Karl Pesch.
  • Weil am Rhein, Sparkasse Markgräfler Land (10.11. bis 02.12.), Topic: Holland 1932-1942, opening speech by Alfred Dietz
  • Publication of a comprehensive article by Alfred Dietz, with numerous illustrations in volume 2 of the almanac “Das Markgräfler Land”, born in 1986

1988

  • Weil am Rhein: Sparkasse Markgräfler Land (23.08. bis 16.09) under the theme “Dreiländereck”, opening speech Bettina Heinen-Ayech
  • Remscheid, Theatergalerie (11.09. bis 23.10.), Introductory speech by Hans Karl Pesch

1991

  • Solingen, Stadtsparkasse Solingen (10.09. bis 04.10.), Topic: Portraits and portraits of Solingen citizens, opening speech by Bettina Heinen-Ayech, a catalog was published: text by Diana Millies

1993

  • Algier/Solingen, Film by Hassan Bouabdellah about the Bowien student Bettina Heinen-Ayech with the title "Bettina Heinen-Ayech: Letter to Erwin Bowien". There is a French version entitled "Bettina Heinen-Ayech: Lettre à Erwin Bowien". The film was broadcast on several television channels in Europe and Algeria, presentations in museums and cinematheques, official selection at the Montreal Cultural Film Festival

1995

  • Solingen,Publication of the autobiography Erwin Bowiens "The beautiful game between spirit and world - my life as a painter, with 16 color and 26 black and white illustrations ISBN 3-88234-101-7

1996

  • Solingen, Hans Karl Pesch creates a film documentation of an analysis of E. Bowien's painting style, premiered in 1996 in Castle Burg on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Erwin Bowien e.V.
  • Solingen, Bergisches Museum, Schloss Burg an der Wupper (22.09 bis 20.10.), Opening speech by Bettina Heinen-Ayech
In the Bergisches Museum Schloss Burg an der Wupper, 1996
In the Bergisches Museum Schloss Burg an der Wupper, 1996
  • "Romerike Berge", the magazine for the Bergisches Land 46th year 1996, issue 3 is published with a colored cover picture by Bowien from 1950 (a Wupperkotten that has since broken off) and an article with four colored pictures by Hans Karl Pesch.
Romerike Berge - Magazin fo the Bergische Land
Romerike Berge - Magazin fo the Bergische Land

1999

  • Solingen, Museum Baden (03.10. bis 15.11.), on the occasion of the 100th birthday of Erwin Bowien
Invitation card on the occasion of Erwin Bowien's 100th birthday
Invitation card on the occasion of Erwin Bowien's 100th birthday
  • Weil am Rhein, Municipal gallery Stapflehus (20.11. To 19.12.), Organized by the Municipal Office of Culture
  • Solingen, Publication of the catalog raisonné: Erwin Bowien (1899-1972) catalog raisonné catalog-Raisonné-Werkoverzicht, ISBN 3-88234-101-7 , published by Bettina Heinen-Ayech and the Freundeskreis Erwin Bowien e.V., U-Form-Verlag, Solingen, 1999

2000

Heures Perdues du Matin, Journal d´un Artiste Peintre, Alpes Bavaroises
Heures Perdues du Matin, Journal d´un Artiste Peintre, Alpes Bavaroises
  • Paris, the publisher L'Harmattan publishes Erwin Bowien's diary “Heures Perdues du Matin, Journal d´un Artiste Peintre, Alpes Bavaroises (1944-1945), ISBN: 2-7475-0040-3, published by Bernard Zimmermann, who published the original French text by Bowien brought in pressure-ready form
  • Freiburg, Publication of the volume "Die Maler des Markgräflerlandes" by Hans H. Hofstätter and Berthold Hänel at Schillinger Verlag in Freiburg

2006

  • Solingen, Oeuvre Ausstellung von Erwin Bowien in der Galerie Liberal (26.08 bis 06.10.)

2009

  • Biberach, Publication "Die Adelegg, the dark heart of the Allgäu" by Rudi Holzberger and Manfred Thierer with a text about Erwin Bowien in the Biberacher publishing house

2011

Verlorenen Morgenstunden
Verlorenen Morgenstunden
  • München, Bayerischer Rundfunk: In December 2011, the radio broadcast of the BR broadcasted the elaborately produced radio play "The Lost Morning Hours", in which actors read the dialogues from Erwin Bowien's war memoirs.

2012

  • Isny (Eisenbach),Exhibition with works by Erwin Bowien, which were created in the Allgäu, the exhibition is extended until 2014 due to the great popularity

2013

Vanishing point in the Allgäu, fascination with Adelegg
Vanishing point in the Allgäu, fascination with Adelegg
  • Eisenbach, Publication of the book "Vanishing point in Allgäu, Fascination Adelegg", Erwin Bowien in Kreuzthal, reportage on Erwin Bowien in his Kreuzthaler exile by Dr. Rudi Holzberger at Adelegg Verlag, Eisenbach
  • Weil am Rhein, large retrospective of the artist Erwin Bowien in the Municipal Museum on Lindenplatz in Weil am Rhein from October 13th, 2013 to July 27th, 2014, a brochure accompanying the exhibition will appear

2014

Invitation card exhibition Kunstmuseum Solingen, 2014
Invitation card exhibition Kunstmuseum Solingen, 2014
  • Solingen, "Auf der Suche nach Heimat", Retrospektive im Kunstmuseum Solingen vom 10.08.-14.09.2014

2015

  • München, Film "Vanishing point in Allgäu. The art of memory: Erwin Bowien in Kreuzthal", by Georg Bayerle and Rudi Holzberger
  • Georgsmarienhütte, Retrospective of Erwin Bowien in the Museum Villa Stahmer in Georgsmarienhütte (Osnabrücker Land) from October 14th. until November 15th, 2015

Dr. Haroun Ayech