post-title Beate Kuhn | Esther Schipper | 16.03.-14.04.2018

Beate Kuhn | Esther Schipper | 16.03.-14.04.2018

Beate Kuhn | Esther Schipper | 16.03.-14.04.2018

Beate Kuhn | Esther Schipper | 16.03.-14.04.2018

until 14.04. | #1919ARTatBerlin | Esther Schipper currently shows an exhibition with ceramics by the artist Beate Kuhn.

Esther Schipper is pleased to announce an exhibition of works from the estate of Beate Kuhn. On show are works from different creative periods by the important German ceramist.

Beate Kuhn was one of the most important German ceramists of the second half of the 20th century. Not least influenced by the intense occupation with contemporary music, especially the compositions of the New Music after 1945, she developed a virtually avant-garde relationship to her own profession, the boundaries of which she soon drove beyond anything conventional or purposeful. She was one of the first to see the possibilities of structural analogies and transferred the basic compositional principles of repetition and variation into contemporary ceramics. Thus, she invented her own unique idiom: By assembling on the disc, endlessly varied, colorfully glazed elements to the utmost complexity, she developed, although originating from the genuine means and techniques of pottery, but nevertheless free ceramic sculpture, such as it had never existed before. She was motivated by creations and creations of nature in the broadest sense, which she transformed into sculptural forms by means of sequence and montage, programmatically in an abstract interpretation of growth as organic composition. In retrospect, it does not take much to see in the non-figurative series, in volumes, agglomerations and clusters, volumes modulated in size, chromaticity and rhythmics, which in turn could be translated into tonal temporality and be readable as chordal and melodic scores.

Born on July 1, 1927 in Düsseldorf, Kuhn came from an artistic home – the father was a sculptor, the mother a pianist. An art history study in Freiburg, which began shortly after the end of World War II, left a lasting impression on her. When artistic modernism returned to Germany, the heroes of the young art enthusiast were painters such as Paul Klee and Joan Miró. Pictured in a pre-war catalog, she found vessels by the ceramist Jan Bontjes van Beek and suddenly saw her way. From 1949 Kuhn studied at the Werkkunstschule in Wiesbaden, after the journeyman’s examination at the Werkkunstschule Darmstadt with Friedrich Theodor Schroeder. In 1953, she and Karl Scheid, who also trained at the Darmstadt School, took over their teacher’s workshop in the village of Lottstetten in southern Baden, where BeateKuhn painted organic harnesses and anthropomorphic vessel sculptures, transferring a natural abstraction in the art of their favorite painters to ceramics. From 1957 Kuhn lived in Düdelsheim in Hesse, where she in the immediate vicinity of the new workshop of the couple Karl and Ursula Scheid and the studio of the sculptor Bernhard Vogler a designed by her brother living and workshop Bungalowbezog: an unusual one-room building, which Place of life and work became. With its developed language of turned plastic in the late 1950s, Kuhn became a highly respected, later-evolving exception in German ceramics after 1945. Recognition and prizes piled up: in 1968 she became a member of the Geneva Académie Internationale de la Céramique, later she was one of the founding members of Group 83; numerous prizes and awards were given to her; She had exhibitions worldwide.

On December 10, 2015, Beate Kuhn died at the age of 88, leaving behind a life’s work that was impressive in its complexity and consistency. The Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich dedicated her 2017 a major retrospective.

Selection of solo exhibitions: Beate Kuhn. Ceramics from the Freiberger Collection, The New Collection – The Design Museum, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (2017); GRASSI Museum of Applied Arts, Leipzig (2016); Ceramics Museum Westerwald, Höhr-Grenzhausen (2012); Bruno11 and Büdingen Castle, Büdingen (2010); Keramion – Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art, Frechen (2007); Workshop Beate Kuhn, Düdesheim (2002); Museum Historisches Rathaus, Mölln (1997); Museum of Arts and Crafts, Frankfurt am Main (1988); Keramion – Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art, Frechen (1982).

Exhibition period: Friday, 16th March to Saturday, 14th April 2018

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Image caption: Beate Kuhn (1927 – 2015) in Lottstetten, 1956 Photo © Susanne Kuhn

Exhibition Beate Kuhn – Esther Schipper – Contemporary Art Kunst in Berlin | ART at Berlin

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