From 1930 to 1933 Hans Erni shifted several times between
Paris and Lucerne. He formed part of the Abstraction
Creation-Group and met several contemporary artists (Picasso,
Klee, Kandinsky, Gabo).
During 1937-38 Hans Erni worked in London where
he met artists such as Alexander Calder, Ben Nicholson, Henry
Moore and Barbara Hepworth. He participated at abstract art
exhibitions in Cambridge and Leicester.
created the gigantic mural entitled "Die Schweiz, das Ferienland
der Völker" (Switzerland, Holiday Land of the People)
in 1939. Before he had
been recognized only by a select circle of avant-garde
connoisseurs but now he was starting to make a name for himself
with the general public.
In 1944 the first
retrospective exhibition of his collected works took place at
the Lucerne Museum of Art. He performed his first work in
ceramics in 1950 and at the beginning of the 1960's the first
bronze sculptures were created. His very first stamp designs for
Schweizerische PTT (Swiss Post) were issued in 1964 (Pro Aqua)
and his first ever medal dates from 1968, a Jubilee Medal for the
50th anniversary of Circus Knie.
On September 15th, 1979,
the Hans Erni Museum, situated on
the grounds of the Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne, was
inaugurated. Hans Erni's postage stamp "Luft und Wasser"
(air and water) from 1988 was voted "Stamp of the Year"
and in 1989 he received the "Sport Artist of the Year Award"
from the United States Sports Academy in Alabama.
Hans Erni was honoured with
a Medal of honour for his lifetime achievements in 2005 by his
second home town - St. Paul-de-Vence (France). He lived and painted
there over three decades (mainly during the summer months).
A detailed biography of Hans
Erni can be found on his official homepage:
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