Name: Wendelin Niedlich
Date of Birth: August 31, 1927
Country of Origin: DE
Wendelin Niedlich, an acclaimed bookseller, publisher and gallerist in Stuttgart, Germany, was the owner of Niedlich’s Buchladen, a well-known cultural center, gallery and bookshop. He organized an exhibition of graphic works by Frieder Nake and George Nees titled Computer-Grafik Programme in November 1965, which was the world’s third computer graphics exhibition and attracted international attention.
Born in Berlin, Niedlich moved to Stuttgart in 1959 and in 1960 opened his bookstore, dedicated to modern literature and the Kritische Theorie of the Frankfurt School. The store quickly became known as a leftist meeting place and social center, and Niedlich began organizing readings by leading intellectuals and writers, and holding art exhibitions and political events in the space. The store’s popularity was at its height in the 1960s and 1970s, and Niedlich closed it in June 1998.