An incredibly well regarded artist during her lifetime, her work is no longer well known and has not been on exhibition since a 1976 retrospective at the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin the year after her untimely death. This exhibition seeks to bring new work to light and to reinstate Frömel as a modern Irish master. This exhibition will tour to F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studios, Co. Down.
Gerda was born in Czechoslovakia in 1931, the daughter of German parents; her family returned to Germany after the war and she studied sculpture at the Arts Schools in Stuttgart, Darmstadt and Munich from 1948-1952. In 1956 she came to Ireland and the following year exhibited in the Irish Exhibition of Living Art, an association which continued till 1975. She exhibited at the Independent Artists Exhibition 1962 and 1963, had a solo show at The Dawson Gallery in 1964, and a joint show with Michael Scott at The Dawson Gallery in 1967.
She was awarded the Waterford Glass Company Award at the 1970 Oireachtas Art Exhibition and that same year had another solo show at The Dawson Gallery. She took several commissions including the well-known piece for P.J.Carroll and Son, Dundalk, and also worked in stained glass for churches in Ireland and Germany.