Renee Nele

ER Nele, actually: Eva Renee Nele Bode ( born March 17, 1932 in Berlin, lives in Frankfurt am Main ) is a German sculptor, graphic artist, goldsmith, jewelery artist and designer.

Life and work

ER Nele is the daughter of Marie -Louise (1908-1989) and Arnold Bode (1900-1977), the founder of documenta. Her childhood and adolescence spent in the heavily destroyed Kassel.

After baseline in Berlin E. R. Nele studied from 1951 to 1955 at the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London with Richard Hamilton. In Berlin, she often stayed in a welding shop and learned in detail and in addition to her studies to work with iron and steel. After staying in London E. R. Nele moved to Paris and studied copper intaglio studio Lacourière (1957 and 1958). She then studied at the Academy of Fine Arts under Professor Hans Uhlmann ( 1900-1975 ).

The late 1950s, early 1960s, E. R. Nele lived first in Munich and then in Zurich, since 1965 lives and works today as a freelance artist in Frankfurt am Main. Her studio and workshop located in Gallus. She also worked as a teacher, with teaching assignments for metal sculpture in Salzburg, Frankfurt and Giessen.

She participated in the documenta II (1959) and the documenta III in Kassel in 1964. She had and has numerous solo and group exhibitions of her eclectic works, such as 2006 Assets Museum spiegelgasse in Wiesbaden. E. R. Neles sculptures are in numerous museums like the Neue Pinakothek in Munich, found in some prestigious private collections and in public spaces. Her work includes both monumental steel sculptures and delicately crafted brooches and jewelry.

One of her most important works is the installation " The Ramp" on the grounds of the University of Kassel. " The Ramp" is a memorial to the deportees and victims of the Holocaust and the Nazi regime of 1933 to 1945. " Ramp " is a dark brown painted, original State Railroad freight wagon made ​​of wood with no windows with a wide ramp on which three Create an empty, eerie coats are. In this installation, E. R. Nele has processed traumatic childhood experiences, as they daily transportation of laborers observed from the home of her grandparents in the Kassel Fiedlerstraße had that crammed were antransportiert in cattle cars on the grounds of the former Henschel works in Kassel. The " ramp" was inaugurated on 8 May 1985, the 40th anniversary of the end of WWII and the liberation from National Socialism.


The focus of ER Neles artistic work is the man for more than forty years. She designs not ideologically fixed image of man; there you go rather to make by focusing on the basic forms of the human body emotions, inner attitudes and social relationships visible. E. R. Nele is understood as a political artist. You can be on the venture a, the Holocaust reflect artistic, like with " The Ramp" (K 18 during the Documenta VII) or with their fire pictures of the " Holocaust Series ". She sits down repeatedly dealt with current political issues. And even objects of playful ease as their filigree rod figures " Europeans" are an attempt of an artistic response to social developments: individualization and solidarity.