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Erik Dietman was born in Jönköping, Sweden, in 1937. He studied at
the academy of fine arts in Malmo but lived in France for most of his
life; he died in Paris in 2002.
He was a member of the Fluxus
movement, that asserted the intrinsic artistic quality of even the most
common gesture, and claimed artistic creation should not be confined to
the field of aesthetics, but be part of the flow of daily life, on
behalf of an absolute conception of art.
Among the exhibits he
took part in, let us mention: "Eloge de l'envie", Musée d'Art Moderne
et d'Art Contemporain, Nice (2001); "L'ami de personne", a monumental
sculpture at the Jardin des Tuileries, Paris (2000); "För fulla glas",
National Museum, Stockholm (1999); "Erik Dietman-Sculptor Classicus",
Musée d'Art Moderne, Saint Etienne (1997) and "Erik Dietman: Sans titre.
Pas un mot. Silence", Georges Pompidou Centre, Paris (1994).
production is extremely vast, partly owing to his interest for in a
great variety of materials and techniques; he was particularly fond of
stained glass, in whose use of which he developed great skill.
he used traditional mediums media such as marble, stone, wood, bronze
and paper, Dietman introduced themes into art that had themes never been
addressed before. Pataphysics, scatology and
self-acknowledgedan awareness of the grotesque play an important role in
the artist's work, in which wordplay and double entendre meanings have
always found a proper place and achieved their communicative end.
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