The journey Klaus Friedeberger took from Berlin to Australia via Holland and London shaped his early life. The ten years he spent in Australia in Internment, in the Army and at Art College shaped his artistic career.
This lecture will touch upon the life of emigré artist Klaus Friedeberger, his early life in Berlin and his school time in Holland. It will examine how he went from a young refugee to a deportee. Using images produced over the course of almost 80 years this talk will focus on Friedeberger’s experiences on the transport ship Dunera and his early artistic training in the Australian internment camps in Hay, Orange and Tatura. After regaining his freedom Friedeberger continued to develop as an artist and upon his return to Europe successfully established a career both as a painter and as a sought-after graphic designer. Friedeberger’s art progressed from his early initial colourful children’s paintings of the 1950s and 60s to the achromatic abstractions that dominated his later work. Alongside he created monotypes, charcoal drawings and stripped paper collages. His ideas and working methods can be traced in the innumerable sketchbooks he left behind.
Friedeberger’s works were exhibited in solo and group exhibitions from his early days as a student to the last show in 2015.