Object artist: Günther Uecker designs windows for Schwerin Cathedral

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Günther Uecker designed windows for Schwerin Cathedral

The artist and painter Günther Uecker in his studio in March 2020.  Photo: Fabian Strauch/dpa

The artist and painter Günther Uecker in his studio in March 2020. photo

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The venerable Schwerin Cathedral is getting modern art: Günther Uecker (92) has designed four large colored glass windows on the subject of “arcs”. The first sample panes can be viewed.

The object artist Gunther Uecker (92) designed four large colored glass windows for the Schwerin Cathedral. On Wednesday, the cathedral community presented the first sample panes.

Uecker designed four windows, each ten to twelve meters high, under the motto “Arc”, explained Thomas Balzer from the Förderkreis Schwerin Cathedral. The first two could now be commissioned, while donations would still be collected for the other two. Support also comes from the Ostdeutsche Sparkassenstiftung. Balzer put the manufacturing costs of the windows at several hundred thousand euros. Uecker donate his design.

According to Balzer, the cathedral was originally equipped with colored windows, which were lost over time. Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania’s Minister of Culture Bettina Martin (SPD) said: “The Uecker windows set a significant modern impulse in the design of the cathedral.” They opened a new artistic dialogue with the interior of the church. “I am pleased that we can support this modern impulse in public space with the state’s cultural funding and strong partners.”

Uecker’s artistic traces enriched the country in which he was born and grew up. “They will remain visible in Schwerin Cathedral for a very long time,” explained Martin. Uecker was born in Wendorf, Mecklenburg, in 1930 and grew up in the northeast. After the Second World War he went to the West and is now one of the most important contemporary German artists.


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