Full name: Adolf Wamper
Born: June 23, 1901 in Grevenberg, Würselen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Died: May 22, 1977 in Essen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Sport: Art Competitions
German sculptor Adolf Wamper studied in Aachen and Düsseldorf. He then settled in Berlin and in 1935 was involved in the design of the opera in Charlottenburg. Shortly thereafter, he created reliefs for the entrance to the open-air stage for the Reichssportfeld at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. Wamper gained favor with the Nazis, which spared him from military service. He was known for his monumental sculptures and bas-reliefs. His closest friends were his colleagues [Arno Breker] and [Josef Thorak]. Today Wamper’s works are almost vanished through the Berlin cityscape due to the effects of war and bombing. Additionally his Berlin studio was virtually destroyed by an air raid in 1943.
After World War II, Wamper became known as the Black Madonna of Remagen, molded from the clay of the US prison camp at Remagen, where Wamper spent the last two months of the war. He became head of sculpture at the Folkwang School in Essen until 1970, when he was appointed professor. His archive is located in Bonn. His figurative sculptures after the war fell out of favor, and thus he fell into oblivion after his death in 1977.
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