German Artist Bodo Berheide To Give Lecture at USC Upstate

April 4, 2011 at 9:05 am

Spartanburg, S.C. — German artist Bodo Berheide will be on the campus of the University of South Carolina Upstate on April 7, 2011 for a lecture presentation on his work and reception afterwards. Free and open to the public, the event starts at 5:00 p.m. in the Humanities and Performing Arts Center recital hall.

Berheide, born in Oberhof, Thuringia, Germany in 1944, works primarily in the medium of sculpture. His main project, which has garnered international attention, began in 1988 with the casting of Figura Magica, a six-ton cast-iron sculpture in the form of an oversized, elongated horseshoe magnet. Three years later, Figura Magica was sent off from Wuppertal, Germany on its journey around the world in quest of its “magic charge.” Stops on its world tour included Dublin, Ireland, 1991; Montreal, Canada, 1993; Bethany, West Virginia, 1995; and Matagalpa, Nicaragua, 1997; Santiago, Chile, 1999; Sydney, Australia, 2001; Ohmishima, Japan, 2003; Negombo, Sri Lanka, 2005 – 2007; Lomé, Togo, 2007; and then its journey home to Wuppertal in 2009.

Before constructing the Figura Magica, Berheide studied at the Düsseldorf Art Academy under Joseph Beuys in the 1970s. Since 1977, the scope of his artistic activity embraced drawings, sculptures, objects, and performances.  His main themes are nature and the environment, economy and solidarity.  It was also in 1977 that he began to exhibit his works in Germany and abroad.

Since 1992, his works have mainly taken the form of artworks in wood and metal, or printing stamps, from which he then makes embossed objects with papier mâché made from newsprint.  Berheide lives and works in Wuppertal, Germany. 

For additional information contact Jane Nodine, director of the Curtis R. Harley Gallery at (864) 503-5838 or or Dirk Schlingmann, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, at (864) 503-5663 or