CollectionGerda Frömel Collection
Collection DescriptionCollection contains the Schurmann family gift, donated in May 2018, comprising sketchbooks and ephemera pertaining to Gerda Frömel. Gerda Frömel was born in Czechoslovakia, 1931. Her family moved to Germany after 1945, where she studied art at Stuttgart, Darmstadt and Munich. She married a sculptor Werner Shürmann in Germany and moved to Ireland where he had been given a job in the National College of Art teaching metal work. Frömel created numerous works in stone and metal. She exhibited in many shows such as the Irish Exhibition of Living Art, Oireachtas exhibition and Contemporary Sculpture. She had a solo exhibition in The Dawson Gallery in 1970 wherein a her talent of stone carving, casting and drawing were on display. She also completed two large scale commissions during the late 1960s to 1970s. Sails was commissioned for Carroll's Factory outside Dundalk in Co. Louth. It is presently outside Dundalk IT. The second notable commission was Setanta for the Setanta Centre. She created these works in a foundry that she and her husband built near their home in Rathfarnham. Gerda Frömel died tragically in a drowing accident at the age of 44. She was survived by her four sons. In 2015, the Irish Museum of Modern Art hosted a retropsective on her life consisting of her sculptural works, her drawings and archival material. It was a part of a series titled IMMA Modern Masters which highlighted under recognised artists in recent history [NGI].
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Schurmann Family Gift, 2018:

Collection contains 23 sketchbooks and notebooks created by the artist; 2 boxes and 1 folder of material used for Gerda Frömel's retrospective exhibition in the Irish Museum of Modern Art in 2015; 1 folder of photographs of creating Frömel's large scale sculptures Sails and Setanta; 1 folder of photographs documenting a number of Frömel's work; 1 box of family correspondence in both English and German as well as some photographs; 1 folder of portraits taken of Frömel in her studio with many of her works; 1 box of ephemera which includes newspaper cuttings, magazines and correspondence; 1 folder of newspaper cuttings many of which relate to her husbands career.

Gerda Frömel Sketchbooks and Notebooks

Portfolio used for Gerda Frömel: A Retrospective at the Irish Museum of Modern Art

Correspondence, photographs, and ephemera used for Gerda Frömel: A Retrospective at the Irish Museum of Modern Art

Fabrication of Setanta and Sails sculptures

Photographs of work

Studio photographs


Newspaper cuttings

AccessBy prior appointment.
Century20th, 21st

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Repository NameNational Gallery of Ireland Library
AddressMerrion Square West Dublin 2
EircodeD02 K303
Telephone(01) 663-3543
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