until 09.10. | #3082ARTatBerlin | Salongalerie Die Möwe presents from 3rd July 2021 in the exhibition KLASSISCH MODERN both historical and contemporary works by women artists.
The new exhibition “CLASSIC MODERN” follows on from the presentation “The Female Statement”, in which Salongalerie Die Möwe gave an insight into the creative potential of women artists of Classical Modernism in 2019/2020. KLASSISCH MODERN now spans a temporal arc from the Weimar Republic through the post-war period to the immediate present. With this exhibition, “The Seagull” once again directs the focus to women in art, who have often been disadvantaged in art historiography and still have to fight for their recognition on the art market today.
The exhibition brings together contemporary art by Ines Doleschal, Ute Hausfeld, Christine Jackob-Marks, Holle Vollbrecht and Caroline Wagner with works by representatives of classical modernism such as Else Hertzer, Katja Meirowsky and Erna Schmidt-Caroll. Paintings, watercolours, drawings, prints and sculptures by these artists illustrate an admirable density and continuity of female creativity in the diversity of subjects and styles.
For Ines Doleschal (*1972), classical modernism, especially the Bauhaus, is a source of inspiration. With the series “bauhaus, weiblich” (Bauhaus, female), she pays homage to the unjustly little-known weavers of this art school by using collage to reproduce their carpet and textile designs, which had a decisive influence on industrial design after 1945. The exhibition also features colour-intensive paintings of the master houses in Dessau. In her most recent series “Faltungen” (Foldings), the painter goes one step further: she fans out the space, so to speak, through ever new differentiations of the surfaces and colours.
Ute Hausfeld (*1951) was also intensively involved in painting and graphic art while working as a fashion designer and costume designer. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, she made the decision to concentrate entirely on the visual arts. She composes colourful, powerful pictures with summer landscapes and fashion-conscious city women.
Equally beautiful and impressive are her classic-looking woodcut portraits, partially overdrawn with gold, which show different female characters ranging from self-confidently sophisticated to modestly shy.
With Else Hertzer (1884-1978), “Die Möwe” presents a representative of Classical Modernism whose work has received increasing attention again in recent years. Her works were shown at important art exhibitions such as the Berlin Secession in the 1920s and were often shown together with paintings by Käthe Kollwitz, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Lotte Laserstein and Jeanne Mammen. In addition to watercolours from stays in Italy, the exhibition also shows woodcuts from the 1920s and the impressive stencil print “Manege” from 1964.
Like Else Hertzer, Erna Schmidt-Caroll (1896-1964) was well known to the press and the public during the Weimar Republic through her participation in important Berlin art shows, before her work was almost forgotten due to the war and the post-war period. Her rediscovery is mainly due to her works from the 1920s as a chronicler of Berlin city life. In 2019, her works were shown at the Barbican Museum London and the Belvedere in Vienna. As a lecturer in fashion design and costume figurines, she helped shape generations of future artists at the Reimann School in Berlin. For the first time, drawings and designs by her from this activity are presented, in which she sketches the fashionable, modern woman of the 1920s.
The painter Christine Jackob-Marks has created an oeuvre of great breadth in the more than five decades of her work. In the “Möwe” (Seagull), she sets her very own focus with her abstract paintings from recent times. These works completely detach themselves from concrete ideas and leave wide scope for the viewer’s associations. With a pronounced sense of rhythm and in the free play of colours and forms, the artist creates pictures of high energy and luminosity.
The drawings by Holle Vollbrecht (*1948), which can be seen for the first time in Berlin, are astonishing not only because of their motif: ageing potatoes. During the often months-long work phase, the artist visualises the metamorphosis of old into new on light-reflecting fibre paper. The result is not a naturalistic image, but the visualisation of a process. The potato germinates while it dries up. The artist calls it “constant liveliness”. For 30 years, Holle Vollbrecht has been fascinated by the potato as an artistic motif, which she sees as a metaphor for life in the countryside: every year a new becoming and passing away.
Opening: Saturday, 3 July 2021, 12:00 – 6:00 pm
Exhibition dates: Saturday, 3 July 2021 – Saturday, 9 October 2021To the Gallery
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