Museu Berardo
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 Bergmann-Michel, Ella (1896 - 1971)

Untitled (OB194), 1925

Indian ink and pencil on paper;
58 x 44 cm

UID 102-52


German artist. She studied in Weimar between 1915 and 1918 and, in 1918-19, established her own studio there. In 1919, she married Robert Michel and the couple moved to Vockenhausen. From the beginning, she looked for new abstract forms and new materials for her artistic production. In the same year, she produced collages where she combined her form of perception with a particular poetry. In 1922, her paintings and collages had a scientific and factual conception. She collaborated with El Lissitzky and Kurt Schwitters and, in 1928, became a member of  "Societé Anonyme" and participated in several exhibitions in the United States. The Surrealist tendencies that appeared in her 1921-23 drawings were combined with the bases of the Constructivist compositions in her paintings and drawings from the thirties. The masks, animals and plant formations from this period appeared again in the last ten years of her career. Between 1937 and 1939, she had her studio in London. She had various one-woman shows, and participated in several collective exhibitions in London, New York and Germany. After her death, in Vockenhausen, there were several retrospective exhibitions of her work, namely at the Annely Juda Fine Art Gallery, London, Liatowitsch, Basel and Milan, among many others.


Ella Bergmann-Michel Collages and Drawings 1917-1931
Annely Juda, Fine Art, United Kingdom
03-05-1984 ~ 07-07-1984

Ella Bergmann-Michel, Robert Michel
Rosa Esman Gallery, USA
02-02-1989 ~ 25-02-1989

Ella Bergmann-Michel 1895-1971
Sprengel Museum, Germany
13-05-1990 ~ 24-06-1990

Building/Unbuilding/Inhabit - works of The Berardo Collection
Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB), Portugal
29-04-2005 ~ 15-01-2006

Colecção Berardo Collection 1917-1999
Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB), Portugal
27-01-2000 ~ 27-08-2000


Colecção Berardo Collection 1917-1999, 2000
Published by CCB - Centro Cultural de Belém
ISBN 972817652X

Ella Bergmann-Michel 1985-1971, 1990
Published by Sprengel Museum

Ella Bergmann-Michel Collages and Drawings 1917-1931, 1984
Published by Annely Judda Fine Art

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