Heidi Guthmann Birck

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Heidi Guthmann Birck:                                                                                               Danish version

Even before I started my education to become a ceramist and sculptor in 1959,I held a

fascination for the human body - portrayed in paintings and sculptures and in living people.

This has been a constant source of inspiration.  >4


All the years my work has focused on the human face and I use it as a subject in both sculptures and



Throughout the years my work with the human face and head has developed into working with busts

and the entire human body on small and big scale.  >3


I have created sculptures for site specific commissions placed in private or public areas.

I have faced a lot of great and welcomed challenges, one being the exhibition at Ny Carslberg

Glyptotek, Copenhagen. In 1983 together with my colleges from Multi Mud. The task was to create

work inspired by the large and well known collections of classical ancient Egyptian, Greek and

Roman art.  >2


In my sculptures opposite expressions and duality are predominant. This is shown in pieces that are

partly woman and man - “Sheman”, in a man and an animal - “Manimal” or in a chimera.  >1


Some of my sculptures have been casted in bronze and then chased and patinated to achieve even

more refined expressions. My daughter and son have shown a lot of patience as models  for some

of my sculptures.


Since 1965 I have participeted in exhibitions all over Europe and my work can be seen in several museums and public collections.


Among grants, I have received the grant from Djerassi Foundation 1985 - Artist in residence and from

 Niels Wessel Bagge Art Foundation 1998 - Study tour, a tour which has been particularly important

for my artistic development.


The exhibitions “Profiler i ler” 1980 and “Resumé 1966 -1999” have been manifestations of my artistic

partnership with my husband Aage Birck.


For further information see my curriculum vitae.