Günter Grass † – Honorary president


[Foto: © Gerhard Steidl]

Passed away on 13th April 2015

1927: Günter Grass is born on 16th October in Danzig as the son of a merchant family
from 1947: internship as stonemason in Düsseldorf
from winter 1948-52: educated by professors Sepp Mages and Otto Pankok at Düsseldorfer Kunstakademie
1953-56: move to Berlin. Pupil of sculptor Karl Hartung at Hochschule für Bildende Künste
1955: first exhibition of sculptures and graphic art in Stuttgart
1956: “Die Vorzüge der Windhühner”, poems and graphic art. Move to Paris.

1957: premiere of “Hochwasser” at Frankfurter Studentenbühne. Premiere of ballet “Stoffreste” at Städtische Bühnen Essen. Another exhibition of sculptures and graphic art in Berlin
1959: the novel “Die Blechtrommel” is published. The ballet “Fünf Köche” premieres in Aix-les-Bains and Bonn. Is awarded with Bremer Literaturpreis by jury but Senate refuses to bestow it
1960: “Gleisdreieck”, poems and graphic art. Return from Paris to Berlin.
1961: “Katz und Maus”, novella.The play “Die bösen Köche” premieres in the workshop of Berliner Schillertheater. Supports Willy Brandt in the campaign of the SPD (Social Democrats)
1967: “Ausgefragt”, poems and drawings
1972: “Aus dem Tagebuch einer Schnecke”. Beginning of the collaboration with the gallery and etching workshop of Anselm Dreher/Galerie Andre
1973: “Mariazuehren”, poems and graphic art, with photos by Maria Rama. Trip to Israel with Willy Brandt. Trip to the USA
1974: “Liebe geprüft”, seven etchings and poems (Schünemann, Bremen)
1976: “Mit Sophie in die Pilze gegangen”, lithographs and poems (Giorgio Upiglio, Mailand)
1977: “Der Butt”, novel. “Als vom Butt nur die Gräte geblieben war”, seven etchings and poems (Galerie Andre, Berlin). Beginning of collaboration with printer Fritze Margull
1979: “Das Treffen in Telgte”, story
1980: “Kopfgeburten oder Die Deutschen sterben aus”
1982: “Zeichnen und Schreiben”, Book 1 (drawings and texts, 1954-1977). Collection “Vatertag”, twenty-two lithographs (Edition Monika Beck, Hamburg)
1983: “Ach Butt, dein Märchen geht böse aus”, poems and etchings
1984: “Zeichnen und Schreiben”, Book 2 (etchings and texts, 1972-1982)
1986: “Die Rättin“. “In Kupfer, auf Stein”, catalogue raisonné of etchings and lithographs. August 1986 until Januar 1987: sojourn in Calcutta
1988: “Zunge zeigen”. “Calcutta”, collection of etchings
1989: “Skizzenbuch”. “Zum Beispiel Calcutta”
1990: “Totes Holz”. “Kahlschlag in unseren Köpfen”, collection of lithographs
1991: “Vier Jahrzehnte. Ein Werkstattbericht”
1992: “Unkenrufe”, story
1993: “Novemberland” (thirteen sonnets). Steidl publishing house seizes international rights to the oevre of Günter Grass
1995: “Ein weites Feld”, novel
1996: Grass receives Sonning-Award, the most esteemed Danish cultural distinction. Hans-Fallada-Award of the city Neumünster. Thomas-Mann-Award of Hanseatic city of Lübeck
1997: “Fundsachen für Nichtleser”, watercolours and poems
1999: “Auf einem anderen Blatt“, drawings. “Mein Jahrhundert” appears in two editions – as a text and as a large format illustrated with watercolours by the author. Literature award “Premio Principe de Asturias” in Oviedo. Nobel Prize in Literature of 1999
2001: “Mit Wasserfarben”, watercolours
2002: “Im Krebsgang”, novella. “Gebrannte Erde”, sculptures. Inauguration of Lübeck’s “Günter Grass-Haus”, which is dedicated to literature and visual arts
2003: “Letzte Tänze”, poems and drawings
2004: “Lyrische Beute”, selected poems and drawings. “Der Schatten. Hans Christian Andersens Märchen – gesehen von Günter Grass”, thrity fairy tales by H.C. Andersen with drawings by Günter Grass. “Fünf Jahrzehnte. Ein Werkstattbericht” (annotated edition of “Vier Jahrzehnte. Ein Werkstattbericht”)
2005: Hans Christian Andersen-Award of the city Odense
2006: “Beim Häuten der Zwiebel”, a book of memories
2007: “Dummer August”, poems and drawings
2008: “Die Box”, biographical story
2009: “Unterwegs von Deutschland nach Deutschland – Tagebuch 1990”
2010: “Grimms Wörter”, a declaration of love to the German language
2012: “Eintagsfliegen”, occasional poems
2013: “Willy Brandt und Günter Grass – Der Briefwechsel”, edited by Martin Kölbel