sculptures (stone, copper, bronze) and murals
Michael Fleischer in mid-1970
Born 1915 in Cluj-Napoca (Klausenburg), Transylvania, Romania, studied art at the Scoala de Arte si Meserii, Turda (Thorenburg), Romania, where he was awarded as best student a gold medal for sculpture. He then received from the German Consulate in Klausenburg a semester bursary to further his studies in Stuttgart. WW2 broke out, he became a P.O.W., then remained in Germany refusing to return to the by then communist Romania. He built himself a studio, concentrating on metal sculptures, and held a number of exhibitions in Germany.
In 1962, out of three artists proposed by the "Berufsverband Bildender Künstler", Munich, to the South African Government who were searching for a metal sculptor to execute large murals for the Parliamentary Building in Windhoek, he was the only sculptor selected. This was followed by a few public and private commissions, Michael Fleischer moving to Johannesburg.
Michael Fleischer married Tessa Fleischer née Laubscher - their daughter is Mara.
Michael Fleischer and daughter Mara in 1986
Michael Fleischer died at his home in Kalkheuvel, Broederstroom, on 3rd November, 1991
1968 Gallery 101, Rand Central, Johannesburg (2nd December)
1972 SA Association of Arts, Pretoria (December)
1974 Gallery 101, Rand Central, Johannesburg (17th July)
1976 SA Association of Arts, Durban (27th April)
1977 Gallery 21, Fox Street, Johannesburg (25th October)
1980 Mountain Gallery, Kalkheuvel (29th November)
1981 SA Association of Arts, Pretoria (27th April)
1987 Strack von Schyndel Gallery, Johannesburg (30th March)
Selected Group Shows
1971 Gallery 101, Rand Central, Johannesburg ("Mother and Child" theme) (5th April)
1975 Rand Afrikaans University ("Afrox Metalart '75"), Johannesburg
"Family" - Michael Fleischer's entry for Metalart '75, ill. in Artlook 98
Johannesburg General Hospital mural
Selected Other Commissions
Legislative Building, Windhoek - 2 panels each 10 m (1963)
Anglo American Corporation' stand at the World Fair, New York 1964
Lutheran Church, Potchefstroom
Interior view of Lutheran Church, Potchefstroom with works by Michael Fleischer
Other Churches - Pretoria
Huguenot Tunnel Entrance, Klein Drakenstein - sculpture "The rising crane"
"The Rising Crane", 1988 - bronze 1/1 - 6m tall on 2m base
"The Duet" in cast stone - 2m high - coll. Trude Schuster, Düsseldorf Altstadt
(Otto and Trude Schuster opened the "Künstlertreff" Restaurant "Csikós" in 1950, and in 1977/78 acquired this work from the artist to be placed in the gardens of the Düsseldorf Altstadt (info: The Star, 30th January, 1978, p.3)
another monumental work by Michael Fleischer, in cast stone
Sculptures in copper
See illustrations from Artlook 24 (PDF)
Bronze sculptures on auction since 2001
Sotheby's / Welz, Johannesburg - 27th March, 2006 - Lot 391, 392
Sotheby's / Welz, Johannesburg - 20th November, 2006 - Lot 507
Sotheby's / Welz, Johannesburg - 20th November, 2007 - Lots 368, 369, 370, 371
Bernardi Auctioneers, Pretoria - 17th March, 2008 - Lot 335
Bernardi Auctioneers, Pretoria - 7th June, 2010 - Lot 586
Russell Kaplan Auctioneers, Johannesburg - 10th November, 2010 - Lot 132
Stephan Welz & Co., Cape Town - 18th October, 2011 - Sale 1106 - Lot 256, 268
Strauss & Co., Johannesburg - 7th November, 2011 - Lot 211
5th Avenue Auctioneers, Johannesburg - 25th March, 2012 - Lot 417, 418
Cannon & Cannon, Hilton Natal - 24th April, 2012 - Lot 305, 306
Stephan Welz & Co., Cape Town - 29th May, 2012 - Lot 292, 293
Cannon & Cannon, Hilton Natal - 26th June, 2012 - Lot 323, 324
Stephan Welz & Co., Johannesburg - 8th August, 2012 - Lot 588, 589
Stephan Welz & Co., Cape Town - 2nd October, 2012 - Lot 349
Bonham's Knightsbridge London - 16th October, 2012 - Lot 57
Stephan Welz & Co., Johannesburg - 20th November, 2012 - Lots 844, 845, 846
Images of other selected bronzes auctioned can be seen on this PDF link!
Works in copper on auction since 2001
Russell Kaplan Auctioneers, Johannesburg - 5th February, 2011 - Lot 96
"Figure study" - copper panel - 59.7x91 cm - Lot 96
Michael Fleischer stamped his bronzes with a monogram made out of F + M and included the cast number and edition.
Bronzes exhibited at Gallery 101 in 1974 were all numbered in an edition of 6, except for 4 works in an edition of 4, one was numbered ed. 10. Bronzes exhibited at Gallery 21 in 1977 were numbered as follows: 9 in an edition of 8, 10 in an edition of 6, 1x ed. 4, 16 in an edition of 12. Lists can be made available on request.
Organizer of annual “Living Arts Biennale” exhibitions held in Johannesburg since 1967, such as 1971 (Selborne Hall), 1972 (Carlton Centre), 1976 (Rand Afrikaans University).
The 1972 exhibition (17 SA artists and 8 from abroad) was held to raise funds for the Michael Mount Waldorf School, Bryanston, Johannesburg.
Michael and Tessa Fleischer first lived at Beverley Agricultural Holdings in Witkoppen north of Johannesburg
Illustrated in Sandton Chronicle, Sandton, September 1972 - click on image for a better view!
Easter party at Fleischer's in 1971 - click on image for a better view!
Thereafter they moved to Kalkheuvel, Broederstroom, NW of the Lanseria Airport.
Fleischer's new home, designed and built by the artist and his team
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