1925- Born in Cologne, Germany
1954-1960 Lived and worked in Havana, Cuba
1960-1972 Lived, worked and taught drawing painting and printmaking at the "Instituto Allende, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico
1972-1974 Lived in Kenosha, Wisconsin where he taught and directed the Graphics department at Carthage College, Kenosha, WI
Diederich Kortlang Passed away on August 22, 1974 in Kenosha, Wisconsin after a short period of illness, he died of cancer.
1925 Cologne, Germany - 1974 Kenosha, Wisconsin
Portrait, Abstract, Other, Tapestries, Murals, Mosaics, woodcuts, prints
1946-1953 Completed studies in drawing, easel painting, mural techniques and graphics at
KOLNER WERKSCHULEN,AKADEMIE "Bauhaus school" Cologne, Germany
Painter, Muralist, Printmaker
2009, David Heide One Man's gift to the world - Sunday Morning with.., Kenosha News, 1 pages
2007, Union List Of Artist Names The Paul Getty Trust, 1 pages , Exhibition Catalog
2000, Eduardo Luis Rodriguez The Havana Guide - Modern Architecture 1925-1965, Princeton Architectural Press, 263 pages , Exhibition Catalog
1975, Wendell Mathews The Cresset, 30 pages , Exhibition Catalog
1974, Erika Kortlang Kortlang - Last Graphic Works, 20 pages (color), Exhibition Catalog
1969, Leonard Brooks Painter's Workshop, Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, 200 pages , Exhibition Catalog
Exhibition Record (Museums, Institutions and Awards):|
1961 "GALERIA INSTITUTO ALLENDE", San Miguel De Allende, Gto., Mexico- Solo Exhibition
1965 "WEBSTER COLLEGE", St. Paul Minnesota- solo exhibition
1965 "CARTHAGE COLLEGE",Kenosha, Wisconsin- solo exhibition
1966 "GETTYSBURG SOCIETY", Gettysburg, Pennsylvania- solo exhibition
1966 "PALACIO DE BELLAS ARTES (Sala Internacional), Mexico City, Mexico- solo exhibition
Sponsors: "Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes and the "Goethe Institut"- solo exhibition
1966 "INSTUTO JALICIENSE DE BELLAS ARTES", Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico- solo exhibition
1967 "UNIVERSITY OF OREGON, Museum of Art, Eugene Oregon-solo exhibition
1968 "KOTTLER GALLERY", New York City, New York-solo exhibition
1970 "UNIVERSITY OF OREGON, Eugene, Oregon. Traveling solo Exhibition
1972 "THE ART LEAGUE OF HOUSTON", Houston, Texas- solos exhibition
1972 "GALVESTON COUNTY ARTS ACADEMY", Galveston, Texas solo exhibition
1972 "CENTRO CULTURAL I RAMIREZ", (Instituto Nacional De Bellas Artes), San Miguel
de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico solo exhibition
1972 "THE ANNE HATHAWAY GALLERY Of The Folger Shakespeare Library", Washington, D.C. solo exhibition
2009 "H.F.JOHNSON GALLERY OF ART" A Creation of Importance, Kenosha, WI
Exhibition Record (Galleries and Art Shows):|
1949-1952 "RHEINISCH WESTFAELISCHER KUENSTLERBUND", Cologne, Germany
1960 "THE AMERICA HOUSE", New York City, New York
1961-1972 "GALERIA INSTITUTO ALLENDE", San Miguel De Allende, Gto., Mexico
1962-1972 "GALERIA SAN MIGUEL", San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico
1962-1965 "MEXICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE", Mexico City, Mexico
1964 "SIMMONS COLLEGE", Boston, Massachusetts
1965 "VATICAN PAVILLION", World's Fair - New York, New York
1967 "THE SOCIETY OF CANADIAN PAINTERS, ETCHERS and ENGRAVERS, Toronto, Canada
1968 "COMISION DE PROMOCION CULTURAL DEL ESTADO DE PUEBLA", Puebla, Mexico
1969 "NEIMAN MARCUS", Dallas, Texas
1973-1974 "MINOT STATE COLLEGE" - National Print and Drawing Exhibit, North Dakota
Evangelical Lutheran Church In America, Chicago, Illinois
Georgetown University, Washington, DC, District Of Columbia
The Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso, Indiana
The Museum of Modern Art, Mexico City, International, Mexico
Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne, Germany, International, Germany
Founder of the first Cooperative art Gallery in San Miguel de Allende along side of his wife Erika Kortlang, Silvia Samuelson and Fred Samuelson in San Miguel De Allende, Guanajuato Mexico, in 1962.
Magazine and Media References|
1965 MEXICO CITY TIMES, "New Exhibit Treats Contemporary Life" By Sterling Dickinson.
1966 NOVEDADES, "Exhiben obras de Diederich Kortlang" By P.Fernandez Marquez
1966 EXCELSIOR Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico, D.F. By Margarita Nelken
1968 NEW YORK TIMES "Kortlang at Kottler" By H.G.L.
1969 MILWAUKEE JOURNAL
1972 THE GALVESTON DAILY NEWS, "Kortlang's Art In Display" By Author unknown
1972 REGISTER GUARD, Eugene, Oregon "Mexican Art on exhibit" By Author unknown
1974 KENOSHA NEWS "Memorial exhibit opens" By Author unknown
Diederich Kortlang Archives
The Kortlang Estate
"The Artist And The Human Condition"
Diederich Kortlang (1925-1974)
"Since the Renaissance the imaginative artist has been acknowledged as a man of ideas rather than a mere manipulator of materials. Skill is important but the artist's work is viewed esentially as the visible record of his creative mind.
Diederich Kortlang was the embodiment of his liberal arts ideal. He had great technical knowledge and skill. His breadth of artistic expression-painting,printmaking, drawing, tapestry, wood inlay, mosaics and mixed media-was stagering in an age when most artists narrowly focused their work in one direction." -Wendell Mathews- "The Cresset" Nov/1975
The Work of Diederich Kortlang reveals the artist's amazing versatility in many mediums, amongs the few are oil paintings, drawings, prints, tapestries, and murals through out latin America and in Germany.
"I don't have a favorite media, I like to work in different media to explore diffrent possibilities. If I were an actor I would want to play different roles. It would be boring to do the same thing over and over."
" My most challenging assignments have been the giant murals and tapestries. With the murals, I worked with the architects. In a mural you have to work for the building as much as for the mural itself. To stich a tapestry takes me between 3 to 4 months to complete, I first create a small drawing or watercolor of the design, when I am pleased with the design I stretch a canvas, recreate the design on the canvas and begin stiching."
"I only work in two dimensions, this is the ususal way for artist from European schools. First you master drawing, painting, and design, and then you can use any media to express your designs."