New exhibition at Museum Biberach / Upper Swabia from 09.11 2019 to 29.03.2020

Put into the light: Works by 45 artists (women) from the 20th century from Upper Swabia

Also represented are Fridel Dethleffs-Edelmann and Ursula Dethleffs with the following works:

Fridel Dethleffs-Edelmann WVZ: 152100
Self-Portrait in the Painter's Coat Oil Canvas 1932 Frame signed on the front Back signed dated titled 90 x 55 cm- to see in catalog
Fridel Dethleffs-Edelmann WVZ: 152012
Self-portrait with ski scarf Oil canvas 1927 - in the catalog
Fridel Dethleffs-Edelmann
WVZ: 151500 Großes Blumenstück Öl Leinwand 1940 – zu sehen in Ausstellung und Katalog
Fridel Dethleffs-Edelmann WVZ: 153309
Village in Ukraine evening oil wood 1968- to see in exhibition and catalog
Ursula Dethleffs WVZ: 224146
Ikarus II Object Art Relief Wood 1989 – to see in catalog
Ursula Dethleffs WVZ: 212252
Ampurias Tapestry_1958- to be seen in exhibition and catalog

Visit of the ZDF

For the program "Hello Germany" is an interesting film about the Altelier Dethleffs caravan was filmed.

Exhibition: 8. März - 22. Juni 2014

A difficult legacy  1933 – 1945
 (Dr. Uwe Degreif)

Exhibition at the Museum Biberach
Museumstraße 6
88400 Biberach an der Riss

Ausgestellt sind von Fridel Dethleffs-Edelmann diese sechs Gemälde:

Fessler's hut
Fridel Dethleffs-Edelmann
Fessler's hut
Watercolor, 1939
CID: 104003
Overlooking the valley of the Argen
Fridel Dethleffs-Edelmann
Overlooking the valley of the Argen
Oil wood, 1942
CID: 153203
Landscape at Isny - View Hengelesweiher
Fridel Dethleffs-Edelmann
Landscape at Isny - View Hengelesweiher
Oil-wood-painting board, 1942
CID: 153230
Portrait Arist
Fridel Dethleffs-Edelmann
Portrait Arist
Oil cardboard, 1934
CID: 152056
Fridel Dethleffs-Edelmann
Oil canvas, 1941
CID: 152059

Exhibition: 16. März - 25. Mai 2014

Later, Dawn of Modern Art – 1900–1933
(Dr. Uwe Degreif)

Exhibition at the Town Gallerie "Fruchtkasten" in
88416 Ochsenhausen

These paintings are by Fridel Dethleffs-Edelmann

Lily of Mary
Fridel Dethleffs-Edelmann
Lily of Mary
Oil canvas on board, 1930
CID: 151078
Early Spring in the Allgaeu
Fridel Dethleffs-Edelmann
Early Spring in the Allgaeu
Oil paintingboard, 1931
CID: 153011

View of the textile treasures of the artist



Ursula Dethleffs had collected at the end of her life many treasures from wood, metal, textiles, etc with relatives, friends, antique dealers and even in second-hand dealers with infinite stamina Everything was hoarded in her studio: 

Her friend Kristin Fischer - pictured above - has worked as an artist herself with textiles. Our request: bringing order out of Ursula's "treasures" , she has agreed after the death of Ursula - without hesitation. But not only has she helped to organize, she was also the only one that has restored some of the many tapestries in the sense of Ursula lovingly. In the name of Ursula we sincerely thank Ms. Kirstin Fischer.


Photo: Roland Rasemann

27.10.2012 - Opening of the economy museum Ravensburg

In the Museum of Economics:<br />"Family portrait" of Fridel Dethleffs-Edelmann,<br />1936, oil on canvas CID no. 152034<br />on the original easel of Fidel DethleffsEdelmann Photo H. Binder (MA)

Besides the family portrait by Fridel Dethleffs-Edelmann, the Dethleffs gallery provided a caravan model as a permanent loan.

For the preparation of the opening, Dr. R. Lächele, Mr. H. Binder, MA and Mrs. S Schaefer ("The Company historian") visted the studio Dethleffs on behalf of the KSK Ravensburg (district savings bank Ravensburg). On 4 and 5 April 2012, they photographed old exhibits, more than 20 photo albums and important text documents.

Dr. Lächele, Frau Schaefer and H. Binder in the gallery

13.08.2012 - From Isny to Ottersweier

Bernd Riedle hands over the painting as a representative of the Dethleffs collection to the Mayor of Ottersweiher, Mr. Pfetzer.

The painting "Ottersweier - View from the studio window" had been exhibited for many years at the Town Hall of Isny as a permanent loan. On 13.08.2013, it was passed on to the Mayor of the community of Ottersweiher. It now found its new place of honour in front of the assembly hall in the Town Hall. On the way to the new place of honour in the Town Hall of the community Ottersweier – district of Rastatt / Baden-Württemberg

September 2011 - "Self-Portrait in A Painting Smock in The Context of Time and Place"

Dissertation on the self-portrait in painter's smock, WV152100

In September 2011, Mrs. Bettina Oechsle published her master's thesis at the University of Bristol (UK), entitled:

"Self-Portrait in A Painting Smock in The Context of Time and Place"

For the preparation of her thesis, the young art historian could take a look at all artworks in the house of the Dethleffs family. In doing so, she also got to know the atmosphere of the family's home and the gallery.

Mrs. Oechsle with the drawing to the oil painting at the house Dethleffs

Summer and Fall 2010 - Doctorate of Dr. Ann-Katrin Herber

In the Dethleffs gallery: Dr. Herber with her mother and Mrs. Würzer-Brehm, our employee and friend.

Dr. Ann-Katrin Herber did her doctorate at the University of Heidelberg with the title: "Women in German art academies in the 20th century - including works by Fridel Dethleffs-Edelmann".

We warmly welcomed Mrs. Herber together with her mother in the Dethleffs home and in the Dethleffs gallery Isny. Mrs. Herber has not only selected the works that were important for her doctorate herself, but additionally photographed 14 further works for us. Thank you very much!

2010 and 2011 - Guggenheim Museums in New York and Bilbao exhibit the oil paintings of Fridel Dethleffs-Edelmann:

Oil on canvas 1932
CID no. 152100
Collection: Pinakothek der Moderne - Munich Bavarian State Painting Collection
inter alia shown:
Book Cover: The painter Fridel Dethleffs-Edelmann v Prof Dr H Hofstätter; catalog of the exhibition at Städtische Galerie Karlsruhe p.41
inter alia issued in:
Forum Städtische Galerie Karlsruhe - 2000 - last in the Guggenheim Museum in New York - 2010 and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in 2011

2009 - Secretary of State Rudolf Köberle visited the Dethleffs gallery

The visit of Secretary of State R. Köberle and members of the district CDU was dedicated to: "art, business and politics in the home of the Dethleffs".

Being an entrepreneur, Arist Dethleffs fulfilled his wife's desire for a driving studio in 1931. From the first caravan that was built, a whole carvan and motor caravan factory with over 900 employees developed after long years under internal and external control. Since her graduation, the artist Fridel Dethleffs-Edelmann was closely connected to the Arts Academy of Karlsruhe and the New Objecticity. In contrast to this, her daughter, Ursula Dethleffs, wanted to freely unfold her profession as an artist. She was very lucky, that her mother founded the artist community Secession Upper Swabia-Lake of Constance. Members and friends of the SOB became her teachers, like e.g. Max Ackermann. Liberally-minded, the family traveled in their caravan to all important exhibitions and museums in Europe and Asia. After 1945, Arist Dethleffs was appointed to politics: he became the 1st protestant regional chairman of the CDU Württemberg-Hohenzollern. By the end of their life – he and later on also his daughter Ursula – were members of the CDU.




. From the first car was built after many years living in own and others directed the caravan and motor caravan factory with 900 employees. The artist Fridel Dethleffs-Edelmann was closely associated with the Academy of Karlsruhe and the New Objectivity since graduation. The daughter, Ursula Dethleffs, however wanted to develop their profession freely as an artist. Your luck was that her mother had founded the artist group secession-Upper Swabia Bodensee. Members and friends of SOB were their teachers as eg Max Ackermann. Open to the world, the family traveled with the caravan to all major exhibitions in the museums of Europe and Asia. Dethleffs was appointed to the policy after 1945: he was the first Protestant state chairman of the CDU Württemberg-Hohenzollern. By the end of her life, he and later his daughter Ursula were - members of the CDU.

Secretary of State Rudolf Köberle in the gallery in front of the "family portrait"
Bernd Riedle talks about the combination of art, business and politics in the Dethleffs home.
In front of the garden, in the background guests of the gallery
Looking at the sculpture "Merseburg Incantations" by Ursula Dethleffs - Secretary of State Köberle with Bernd Riedle
Our guests of the district CDU before departure.

2008 - collages by Ursula Dethleffs

A small part of the large collection: F-Paris-Neuilly LP:

Refuge <br /> 1962 VMS: 2.21.110 Size 20.6 / 20.9 cm <br /> Collection: Paris / F LP
221146 Gauloise 1957 Sammlung Paris-Neuilly_LP
222057 Nr.057 1969 collection Paris-Neuilly LP
221111 Children's Birthday 1962 collection Paris Neuilly_LP (was missing before)
222058_Nr-058 1969 Collection Paris Neuilly LP
No. 222062-062 1969 Collection Paris Neuilly LP
No. 222098-098 1969 Collection Paris Neuilly LP
No. 222059-059 1969 Collection Paris Neuilly LP

10:02:08 - exhibition in the castle church Messkirch

Paintings of Fridel Dethleffs Edelmann

151118 Red flowering Cactus 1922, Tempera on canvas
152008 Portrait of Herbert Schiff, 1932, Öl on cardboard
152012 Selfportrait with skiing scarf, 1927,Öl on canvas
153011 Early spring in the Allgäu, oil plate 1931
153052 Rose garden and Karrersee, 1925, oil on canvas

24.05.2001 - Erwin Hymer Hymer opened exhibition in gallery "artists travel"

The key figures for the exhibition: posters personally distributed in Ravensburg: 86 invitations by letter: 3,000 Visitors: 110 Open on days: 13

Ladies and Gentlemen,

1931 - ie 70 years ago - the first caravan was built in Germany. It was built in 1931 by Dethleffs here in Isny​​. That was the reason for the Dethleffs to celebrate a feast. At this festival the Dethleffs also wanted an exhibition with pictures from these 70 years. Therefore, my staff asked for pictures with you, Mr Riedle. From this question, this exhibition has developed here. It is a unique combination of art, photos and diary notes about the journeys of the Hymer family.

Some of these artworks and photos I've learned to know during my visits earlier in this house Dethleffs. Today I like to remember these works, but especially the conversations with the family Dethleffs. The center of the family was then Dethleffs who built the Caravan in the former sporting goods factory. Her husband as the center also stressed woman Fridel Dethleffs-Edelmann again - see here the three Dethleffs left on the wall in the family portrait.

The family portrait Dethleffs CID no. 152034

In your sympathetic nature woman Fridel Dethleffs Edelmann has never made ​​their own contribution to this development in the foreground. The proportion of women in the construction of the Dethleffs Caravan is greater than has been suspected. She was the fact that had been registered in 1924 in her diary about a trip from Karlsruhe to Oberstdorf following:

The first car as a living replica of the garden Fridel Dethleffsweg 1

"Monday night, made ​​plans for our future living car" This Monday night was the 6 October 1924! Sure you ask yourself: Why has it taken so long then - from 1924 to 1931 - to the construction of the first caravan in Isny​​? The answer is simple: It has its plane not on this Monday evening - Dethleffs forged, but - now that must be told - with artist friend Hans Schöpflin. Dethleffs know it until later, and learned to love. Aristotle married in Fridel 1931. What's husband may be surprised that Dethleffs immediately began after his marriage to fulfill his desire for a woman whose home car?

The first streamlined Dethleffs front of the factory <br /> (sitting in the car producer Albert Dethleffs stands in front of his son Aristotle and his team)

With the fulfillment of this desire, the former sporting goods factory has developed to work Dethleffs caravans. With your own car, the family living Dethleffs has made many, many trips. On these trips many impressions have been collected, processed into works of art: to works of Mrs. Fridel Dethleffs-Edelmann and her daughter Ursula.

Today we are fortunate to rediscover the result of many trips to photos, pictures and diary entries. That is the reason for me to thank the Dethleffs Family: I would like to thank the three Hobby for the development of the caravan and its art. Many thanks to you, Mr. Riedle, for the care of works of art Dethleffs in our region.

1969 Dethleffs Globetrotter travel by the USSR