Dieter W. Liedtke was born on 6 July 1944 in Essen (Germany). He combines art, philosophy and research. Besides his existence as an artist, he is also an inventor, thinker, visionary, entrepreneur and author.
In 1963 his first exhibition took place in a bakery in Vienna. Since then he has exhibited many of his works in various European countries and in the USA. Among others, he has exhibited at Larchemont in New York, Kaiserhof Galerie in Essen, Alsterhaus in Hamburg, Karstadt in Dortmund, Sheraton Hotel in Essen, Liedtke Museum in Virneburg, Messe Essen as well as a special exhibition in Italy San Gemini and Liedtke Museum in Mallorca.
Liedtke has lived in Port d'Andratx on Mallorca since 1986. In July 1994 he opened the Liedtke Museum in the same town. His works are exhibited in the museum building he designed.
The new approach to understanding, the search for a dialogue between different peoples and their religions, is illustrated by his works and his "Codigo Universo" exhibition. Liedtke is particularly interested in researching and promoting creativity. His concepts aim to solve social and economic problems by increasing human creativity. Thus it is possible for every human being to lead a self-determined life in dignity.
In 1999 he founded the non-profit Fundación Liedtke foundation, which runs the Liedtke Museum in Port d'Andratx and has made it its mission to promote the development of creativity among the population. Liedtke also provided ideas for various projects such as the art fair "Art Forum Berlin" and the world exhibition "Expo 2000 in Hanover". In addition to his work as an artist, he developed patents and products for everyday use, such as the principle of audiovisual marketing that is now applied worldwide. He is the inventor of the "Hairmatic2000", which advanced from Franz Beckenbauer and through video promotion in department stores, to a cult product of the 70s. His latest inventions deal with epigenetics, media and renewable energies.
Harald Szeemann once described him as an inventor-artist who is thoroughly creative. In a press conference on 7 June 1999, Szeemann also described Liedtke himself as a work of art (see also "Spinnerpotenz", Die Zeit, 15.07.1999). Through his works of art, Liedtke repeatedly develops innovations that anticipate research results by years.
In the past, the "art open" exhibition maker was called an evolutionary and doer by various sources (cf. WAZ 16.01.1999, "Der Evolutionär als Macher", by Wulf Mämpel, and KUNSTZEITUNG 1998, "Evolutionär").
Dr. Thomas Föhl, Director of Art Collections in Weimar, writes: "On the basis of the process lost since the Renaissance of conducting scientific research with the help of art and philosophy, Liedtke is the first artist to achieve art and research results of the highest quality again after almost five centuries". In his works, Liedtke documents research results that are only produced years later by leading natural scientists.
Furthermore, Liedtke developed the theory (in the mid-1980s) that genes and gene programs are controlled by information and can also be switched on and off.
In 2000, Erik Kandel was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine. These research results by Erik Kandel prove that findings lead to new neuronal networks in the brain. Dieter Liedtke anticipated the research results of Eric Kandel with his pictures, sculptures and the theory of the sandbox model (presented in his book "The Consciousness of Matter" from 1982). The Museum of Modern Art New York included the book "The Consciousness of Matter" in its documentation of contemporary art in 1983.
The art historian and critic Karl Ruhrberg says that Liedtke's works of art and evolutionary theories give numerous impulses to art history and science.
In other reports Liedtke is also compared with well-known personalities in history. In 1991, the Italian channel "Tele5" described him as the successor of the artist Joseph Beuys. The German weekly newspaper Welt am Sonntag wrote an article in 1995 entitled "Dieter Liedtke auf den Spuren Leonardos".
Liedtke did not want his exhibitions to reach the elitist art circles. Rather, through exhibitions at points in public life, he attempted to help shape art as a process and to promote neuronal networking and the development of society. He organized his exhibitions in exhibition halls, department stores and as a truck road museum.
On behalf of Joseph Beuys, Dieter Liedtke developed a graphic formula that enabled everyone to recognize art history and its works as an illustrated path of knowledge for the promotion of their own neuronal network and to adopt the creativity stored in the works in their cognitive abilities, only through seeing.
From 1994 he developed the concept of the "art open" art exhibition for exhibition halls. On the basis of 1000 original works, from the Stone Age to today and the formula, he wants to make art accessible to a larger population as a process of knowledge. The "art open" took place in 1999 at Messe Essen and was open day and night. The visit was free of charge. Liedtke won numerous companies as sponsors for his project and at the same time convinced numerous museum directors and international art historians of the formula. Among other things, the formula was examined by art historians Prof. Dr. Harald Szeemann, Prof. Karl Ruhrberg, Prof. Dr. Friedmann Schrenk, and Prof. Niklas Luhmann, who later participated in the "art open" out of conviction.
Numerous museum directors have examined Liedtke's formula for its art historical correctness and found it to be correct and revolutionary. In addition, the "art open" was supported by loans of valuable works of art. A few museums lent up to 70 works of art history or even key works of art history (among others): Staatliche Tretjakow-Galerie Moskow, the Staatlich Russische Museum Sankt Petersburg, the Polnische National Galerie Krakau, the Bundeskunsthalle Bonn, the Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt, the Von der Heydt Museum Wuppertal, the Weimar art collections of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar and the Museo der El Greco in Toledo).
The exhibition was closed in 1999 five days after the opening for partly questionable reasons.
10 years later, Liedtke's idea is confirmed. The EU proclaims 2009 the Year of Creativity and Innovation. The aim of the European Year is to promote creativity and innovation as key competences for all and to recognise and use the role of culture in promoting creativity and innovation.
Liedtke predicts an ethical, evolutionary capitalism for the future that will enable the world's population to live longer with creativity, prosperity and health without exploiting man and nature. He knows that he can only force the process of ethical development together with museums and art historians. Liedtke also sees his projects as conceptual art in public space that helps to recognize and use creativity as food in the broad society.
Today Liedtke is working on two exhibition projects. On the one hand the permanent worldart exposition "art open" which decodes its innovations with over 1000 works of art (from the Stone Age to the present day) in its own art open Liedtke museum. On the other hand at the exposition "Codigo Universo". A travelling exhibition for museums, with a selection of 220 of his works, which open the gates to the already begun creativity age for a new ethical society globally in the population at large to the idea of the epigenetic promotion of creativity through the dissolution of mysticism in medicine, biology, life, matter, the universe, creation with the formula and art (understanding through seeing).
The more we live for others, the more satisfied we live.
Peter Singer, Australian philosopher and ethicist.
1960 - 1970
Patents and utility models for hair clippers and air-sprung shoes
Photo and picture series : The consciousness of matter
1969 - 1970
Theory: Sandbox model, about the connection of creativity, evolution of consciousness and thought paths.
Art movement "Concrete Evolutionism"
Picture series Kosmoran
1979 - 1981
Art deciphering system
Philosophical physical theory about the fourth dimension, m3 - t = 4D
Picture series "From God's point of view"
Concept for the Liedtke Museum
Picture series Art formula: "Life/Experienced + Innovation/Creativity = Art".
Graphic art formula and exhibition
1989 - 1990
Marking system of art
Image series "Living forever, DNA and epigenetics"
Exhibition in Italy: Images from the Perspective of God
Concept for the evolution exhibition (art from the Stone Age to the present day) "art open", in which the Código Universo is used for the first time.
Opening of the Liedtke Museum in Port d'Andratx
1994 - 1999
Realization of the evolutionary art exhibition "art open
Theory about the meaning of works of art in the caves of the Stone Age
Theory about stone caves and Stonehenge as gen-programming cult sites
1996 - 1997
Evolution theory, in which some of his previous theories are combined to form an evolution theory of cognitive systems. Here he proves that pictorial insights can increase creativity and reprogram genes.
Publication of the theory of evolution of cognitive systems
July 10th, 1999.
Opening of the "art open" in Essen on 23,000 m2 of exhibition space with over 1,000 original works of art.
15 July 1999
Closure of the "art open" for political reasons
Publication of the book Art Formel Lexikon
Development of the event museum of "Concrete Evolutionism" to understand and apply art and creativity.
Publication of the art open catalogue
Development/performance of art open creativity support MCST seminars
Beginning of the building concept of museums of Concrete Evolutionism
1992 - 2001
Development of multimedia concepts and products for cinema, TV, print, radio, Internet and schools to promote creativity.
Picture series "Peace"
Conception for an art exhibition in concrete evolutionism including historically important works of the exhibiting countries which, in connection with the art formula and the insights to be programmed in the context of the art formula, the works of art from the Stone Age to the present day, reveal and promote creativity and intelligence in visitors by optimising the neural networks.
2001 - 2004
Book "Code Liedtke"
2001 - 2011
Picture series "Sandpit model"
Planning for the construction of the innovation factory and the first museum in Concrete Evolutionism.
2002 - 2005
Book "Prosperity through Culture"
Purchase of the old chocolate factory "Zetti" in Zeitz
2004 - 2006
Book "The World Formula"
2004 - 2011
Concept development of the Hotel Innovationsfabrik
2004 - 2011
Photo series "Prosperity through culture" (German)
Epigenetics, Celts and Placebo
"The Leonardo-Liedtke Code"
"The Media Code"
Picture series "The Observer of the Observing Observer
Development of the Global Peace Campus
2008 - 2009
10 patent applications for free use
Development of the internet project Gen Clean and aimeim
2009 - 2010
Renovation of the Liedtke Museum
Book completion Código Universo
Picture series "Wealth"
Book presentation "Código Universo"
Development of the two loan exhibitions art open - código universo and the catalogues
2012 - 2020
Project Development Globalpeace Campus and Innovation Factory as well as Gleangen and aimeim