Fritz Seitz in his library, 2014 Sheet from the teaching on the subject of color
© Willi Baumeister Stiftung
Exhibition in the Weissenhofwerkstatt in the Mies van der Rohe House
Mai 1st to August 1st, 2021
Sat, Sun and Public Holidays 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Six people are allowed to stay in the exhibition at the same time. A medical mask must be worn and a distance of 1.5 meters must be maintained. Filling out a contact tracking form is required.
Fritz Seitz (1926-2017)
Artist, Professor, Graphic Designer, Scholar, and Consultant.
Fritz Seitz left us with his art, teaching, writings, and visual diary, which he called Chronolog, a body of work that can only be seen in its entirety and interconnectedness since his passing.
Born in Bad Kissingen, he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart with Prof. Willi Baumeister. He was a notable voice in graphic design in the 1960s and 70s. From 1965-1992, he was a professor for foundation courses at the Academy of Fine Arts, Hamburg, and held numerous visiting positions in Germany and abroad. At the Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart, he taught color theory in the Productdesign Department for over twenty years.
Throughout his life, Fritz Seitz felt anchored and understood in Stuttgart.
The exhibition attempts to shed light on the interrelationships and the development of his thinking and making. Along the theme of Color, the connection between his creative fields is shown. His versatility to bridge between theory and professional practice, fine and allied arts, personal and published insights become perceptible.
Seitz’s works are supplemented by archival materials that refer to the academic linage of Willi Baumeister and Adolf Hölzel. All three taught and/or studied at the Stuttgart Academy. The neighboring Weissenhofsiedlung, built in 1927 and its color concepts are linked by both Baumeister and Seitz trough their work. Regardless of their individual significance, Hölzel – Baumeister – Seitz can be understood as a triad. Connected through their common content, they make a significant contribution to the teaching of Arts.
As a homage to the exhibition location, the often forgotten colourfulness of the Weissenhofsiedlung is presented in the exhibition and thus forms a point of reference for Seitz’s work on the subject of color.
Weissenhofmuseum in the Le Corbusier House
Archiv Willi Baumeister in the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart
Prof. Esther Hagenlocher, University of Oregon
Culture Office of the City of Stuttgart
Willi Baumeister Foundation
Friends of the Weissenhof Estate