Tabular biography

6 July 1933 Ursula Dethleffs is born on 6 July 1933 as daughter of the caravan manufacturerer Arist Dethleffs and his wife Frau Fridel Dethleffs-Edelmann in Ottersweier near Bühl/Baden. Arist Dethleffs was the first manufacturer who constructed a caravan in Germany; his wife Fridel Dethleffs-Edelmann is an artist of the New Objectivity who is known beyond the borders of the region – her self-portrait has been published in many art historical works.
1946 Pen drawings, linocuts; first exhibitions in Ehingen, Reutlingen, Karlsruhe, Ravensburg and Konstanz.
1947 Participation in exhibitions in Kempten, Munich and Stuttgart.
1949 Participation in the exhibition "Christian contemporary art" („Christliche Kunst der Gegenwart”) in Ravensburg and Freiburg.
1950 Art price of the youth of Saulgau; participation in the exhibition of the "Neue Gruppe" ("New Group") in the "Haus der Kunst" Munich (also in 1952).
1952 Participation in the exhibition "Sacral contemporary art" („Kirchliche Kunst der Gegenwart”) in Stuttgart. Beginning of extensive exhibition activities in France, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, CSSR, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Sudan, Canada and the USA. Travels to Italy, Spain, Russia and the Third World.
1960 confrontation with abstraction and experimenting with large formats (collage, tapestries) on the initiative of her mentor Max Ackermann.
1968 Art price Kempten.
1980 creation of wooden reliefs and wooden sculptures.
May 1994 Ursula Dethleffs lived and worked until her death in Isny /Allgäu.

Artworks in public collections (selection):

Museum am Ostwall Dortmund, Zeppelin-Musem Friedrichshafen, Museum Fulda, Ulmer Museum, Landratsamt (district administration) Ravensburg, Landratsamt (district administration)Friedrichshafen, Regierungspräsidium (regional council) Südwürttemberg-Hohenzollern, Regierungspräsidium (regional council) Tübingen, further artworks in privately owned collections.

Literature (selection):

1948: H.K. Kraft: Zeichnerischer Werdegang der 6-13 jähr. Ursula Dethleffs
1951: Walter Ricklinger: Vom kindlichen Spiel zur Kunst, Konstanz
1953: Walter Ricklinger in: Das Bodenseebuch, hg. v. Schoeller Verlag, Kattenhorn am Bodensee
1955: Walter Ricklinger: Das Mädchen Ursula Dethleffs, Konstanz
1958: Exhibtion catalogue Galerie Riehentor, Basel
1962: Exhibtion catalogue Kulturhaus, Schweinfurt
1965: Television film Dr. Frey, WDR
1967: Exhibtion catalogue: Ursula Dethleffs, Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund
1968: Exhibtion catalogue Galerie Clasing, Münster
1968: Exhibtion catalogue Galerie Schaumann, Essen
1972: Tapestry calendar Galerie Eisenmann, Böblingen 1977: Maler und Bildhauer in einer Landschaft 1947-1977, published by André Ficus
1981: Kunst der Moderne I. Überblick über die Kunst der Moderne in der Region Bodensee-Oberschwaben, Teil 1, Friedrichshafen
1985: Hans Hofstätter: Ursula Dethleffs, Freiburg
1993: Klassische Moderne im deutschen Südwesten, Sezession Oberschwaben-Bodensee 1947-1957, published by Hans-Dieter Mück, Ochsenhausen
1997: Exhibtion catalogue: Gruppenbild vor Landschaft, Die Sezession Oberschwaben-Bodensee 1947-1985, published by Elmar L. Kuhn, Eva Moser und Ingrid Schättin, Markdorf
1997:Dr. Ursula Merkel, Dr. Monika Scholl: Fridel Dethleffs-Edelmann, Ursula Dethleffs - Ein Überblick; Herausgeber Bernd Riedle, Druckerei Holzer-88171 Weiler-Allgäu