Gerald Nitsche

National Committee: 
Position: 
WAG Member

Gerald Kurdoğlu Nitsche, Painter, Designer, Writer, Editor
Date of birth 18.6.1941, Vienna.
Due to the early death of his parents Martha and Kurt Nitsche, he led an unstable “migratory life”: Elementary School: Erpfendorf/Tyrol; Steinfeld/Carinthia; Oberdrauburg, Innsbruck, Secondary school: St. Johann/Tyrol, Landeck. On May 8th 1952 he found a new home with Anny and Dr. Gottfried Schöpf, Grammar School Paulinum in Schwaz, Universities. Innsbruck, Vienna, Academy of fine arts Vienna (S. Pauser, H. Boeckl), The Hague, Royal Academy of Art (1963/64, scholarship); 1967 diploma in art and teacher’s exam; Teacher at Grammar Schools in Landeck, Imst, St. Georgs-Kolleg Istanbul (1978-80, 93-99), PädAk. Zams, lecturer: University of Innsbruck (1993, 1999/2000)
1993 change of name to Kurdoglu as sign of protest against xenophobia and racism
1990 publication of „Österreichische Lyrik – und kein Wort Deutsch“, Anthologie der Wenigerheiten; 1996 publication of the first intercultural German primer „Brücken“, OBV;
1996 foundation of EYE, Literatur der europäischen Wenigerheiten: Juden, Jenische, Roma und Sinti, der „Gast“arbeiter …
Exhibitions since 1962: Italy, Germany, France, Japan, Bosnia, Turkey, Switzerland and Austria

Awards
1985 Ehrenzeichen der Stadt Landeck für Kunst und Kultur
1988 Landecker Kulturpreis together with Raoul Schrott (for DADA 21/22)
2001 Dr. Reinhold Stecher–Preis
2005 Tiroler Friedenspreis für Dialog, 2006 Landecker Kulturpreis
2007 Bundes-Ehrenzeichen für Kultur

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