*18 January 1926 in Berlin
German tapestry weaver
Inge Flierl, née Ingeborg Millies, grows up in a reform-minded, nature-loving family. At an early age already, she draws portraits and self-portraits. After an apprenticeship in agriculture, from 1945 on, she studies art education at the Berlin Arts-and-Crafts College, and from 1946 on at the College of Fine Arts (HfBK). Here she i.a. attends the painting class of Georg Tappert and participates in Waldemar Grzimek’s sculpture lessons.In 1951, she starts taking further courses at the HfBK, at the department for applied arts with Hans Orlowski, where she makes her first Gobelins. The young woman finds important examples for her work at exhibitions of modern French carpet-weaving artists. When she speaks out in public against the rearmament of the Federal Republic, she is refused to continue her studies at the HfBK. After that, she moves to East Berlin in 1953, together with her future husband, the architect Peter Flierl. Here, she joins the Association of Visual Artists of Germany and starts to work as a freelance artist, mainly in the field of Gobelin weaving (design and execution). In the years of 1954 to 1963, Inge Flierl gives birth to four children.At the art-historical museum of Magdeburg, the artist has her first solo exhibition, which is followed by international presentations. She manufactures a great number of large-format picture carpets, so for the Berlin Schauspielhaus. the Berlin Palast der Republik, and the convent „Kloster unserer lieben Frauen“ in Magdeburg. A great number of her works are acquired by museums and public institutions. In 1974, Inge Flierl is presented at the textile biennial in Lausanne. Up to now, she takes part in numerous exhibitions in Germany and abroad; her so far most important presentation takes place in 2006, at the texile museum Forst (Lusatia), with more than 30 Gobelins.