Fré Ilgen (1956, the Netherlands), based in Berlin, is a sculptor, painter, theorist, author and curator. His work is exhibited and owned widely in the United States, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Australia. Originally figurative paintings, his artworks evolved through geometrical abstraction in sculpture and painting, through specializing in dynamic and very open compositions in mobiles, wall constructions and standing sculptures to new ways of dynamic modelling in sculpture and transforming motifs from the Baroque both in painting and in sculpture. The red line through his whole artistic development has always been to understand and simulate continuous change as experienced by individual human beings in the vortex of forces of nature. His ongoing quest to understand why humans need art has led him to acknowledge the biological component of the perception and experience of art, driving his artistic choices. He labels his artworks as CONTEMPORARY CLASSIC.
“FRÉ ILGEN – Activities and Art until 2019”
Covering a large range of activities and art 1986-2019 leading to the “CPI” Series
Exhibitions include galleries, museums, corporations, foundations and art fairs around the world, and various biennials, including exhibition “Frontiers Reimagined” (Tagore Foundation), part of the official Collaterale Program of the 56th Venice Biennial. He moderated the award winning “Checkpoint Ilgen”- series, the idealistic art salon, which he and his wife Jacqueline hosted at their private apartment in Berlin 2007-2019. In 2011 Ilgen curated Mirrors of Continuous Change, a large exhibition of global art, for the Ilju and Seonhwa Foundations in Seoul.
Activities in various countries in Europe (West, Central, East), USA, Canada, South America, Middle East, various countries in Asia, Australia. 48 solo exhibitions, 130 group exhibitions, 19 museum group exhibitions, 53 international art fairs, 4 biennials (incl 56th Biennale Venice 2015 with the Tagore Foundation), 79 private, corporate and public commissioned artworks, 20 catalogues, 4 books, 88 papers-texts-talks. His works and activities have been covered by many art magazines, newspapers, blogs and TV programs in various parts of the world.
Books: “Art? No Thing! Analogies between Art, Science and Philosophy”, 2004, “ARTIST? The Hypothesis of Bodiness”, Wasmuth Verlag, 2014, and “Press for Champagne – Inside the Art World”, 2019 – all available at Amazon.com
For any inquiries: fre.ilgen(at)gmail.com