Ernst Föll

Obituary – Ernst Föll (1949-2023)

Olhão: Beuys master student Ernst Föll dies in Portugal

The artist and master student of Joseph Beuys, Ernst Föll, has died. He succumbed to the consequences of cancer in his adopted home of Olhão at the age of 74. Ernst Föll was a master student of Joseph Beuys at the Düsseldorf Art Academy in Germany, from 1970 to 1974. In the years that followed, he worked as an art teacher, architect and designer. Föll’s works became known to a broad public in various group exhibitions in Paris, New York, Frankfurt/M., Bielefeld and Paderborn.

Since 2016, Föll has lived and worked with the artist Nada Mandelbaum in Olhão in the Algarve. The years in Portugal were among his most productive. Around 200 works were created during this time. His last major cycle, “Splintered Pieces”, was also created here. The 60 or so works are characterised by a predominantly geometric style, which is determined by the production process of cutting and joining.

Ernst Föll

Under the quote “If the heart could think, it would stand still” from Fernando Pessoa’s Book of Restlessness, Nada Mandelbaum and Ernst Föll showed photos and works on paper in 2019 against the impressive backdrop of the Roman Villa Milreu, near Estoi. In 2020, Ernst Föll had an exhibition entitled “An Interdisciplinary Dialogue” at the Museu Municipal de Faro.

In the Beuys year 2021, Föll inspired visitors to the cultural centre in Lagos with the exhibition “Diálogo Interdisciplinar Arte – Espaço – Arquitetura”. Also in 2021, he organised a much-visited commemorative exhibition in his house in Olhão to mark the 100th birthday of his teacher Joseph Beuys.