until 08.08. | #2748ARTatBerlin | Galerie Kornfeld is showing in cooperation with the Frankfurt gallery Anita Beckers the first joint exhibition of Elvira Bach and Annegret Soltau, curated by Christoph Breitwieser, director of the Museum Bensheim, in the project room of Galerie Kornfeld 68 projects from 27 June 2020.
Until recently, the world was a small place. Dubai, New York, Paris, London. A full calendar, day-to-day life on a tight schedule.
And now, suddenly, the pages are blank. Gallerists turn inwards. They adjust to this exceptional situation: Everything seems new, unfamiliar, surprising and sometimes frightening.
The world is turning at a different pace. New input, new output. New paths and possibilities open up through communication and exchange. Not only in the fields of economy and computer science. In Berlin and in Frankfurt.
Art and the art market are affected in the same way. Alfred Kornfeld and Anita Beckers are exploring new paths for themselves in this new large and small world. Input and output. For both gallerists this means exchange between artist and observer through the medium of the artwork and new creative ways in which the artist reacts to the changing circumstances around him.
Driven by a constant curiosity and the search for what is hidden behind the artworks, the two galleries will reinvinent themselves as new spaces of inspiring communication and exchange. This process will be realised by encounters of artists presented by both galleries as a cumulation of force and energy: Different ways of life, art genres and positions. Uniting forces, creating synergies, opening new spaces.
Input and output. A new diversity, a new path. Discovered by two gallerists. In Berlin and in Frankfurt. And suddenly, the small world is large again.
In a different kind of way: New, unfamiliar, surprising and – encouraging.
An exhibition of early works by Elvira Bach and Annegret Soltau in Berlin marks the beginning of this new collaboration. It will take place in 68projects, the project venue by Galerie Kornfeld. The second cooperative project in September will take place at Galerie Anita Beckers in Frankfurt. It will be part of „The Frankfurt Art Experience“, marking the season opening for galleries in Frankfurt: Abstract color-reliefs by Liat Yossifor from Los Angeles will be exhibited alongside pastose oil paintings by Christopher Lempfuhl from Berlin.
Anita Beckers und Alfred Kornfeld
About the exhibition
An exhibition of early works by Elvira Bach and Annegret Soltau marks the beginning of the collaboration between Galerie Kornfeld and Galerie Anita Beckers. The exhibition is curated by Christoph Breitwieser, director of Museum Bensheim, and will be shown at 68projects, the project venue by Galerie Kornfeld in Berlin. For the first time, this exhibition brings together important works of both artists from the 1970s and 1980s: Bach‘s expressive and impulsive paintings meet Soltau‘s sewn over photographs and performances.
Annegret Soltau, Permanente Demonstration am 19.01.1976 (from a Series of 6 print),
1976 / 2008, Iris-Print, 60 x 50 cm, 23 1/2 x 19 1/2 in, Ed: 5 + 2 AP
Both women have been prominent artists since the 1970s and inflamed their viewers with aggressively defiant works with unmistakable recognition.
As an expressive painter, Elvira Bach was part of the group Junge Wilde, while Annegret Soltau finds her way of expression in different media, like performance, graphic art, collage, photography and video. What moves both artists and becomes the subject of their work is the multilayered, complex and ever-changing self: as a woman, an artist, a mother. Contrast or discourse?
Elvira Bach, Loslassen, 1991, Polyester resin paint on canvas, 230 x 165 cm, 90 1/2 x 65 in
Bach‘s self-image as the new woman in times of turbulence in Berlin, the rest of Germany and the world is visible in her paintings of women: They are tall, strong, erotic and self-confident. Self-determined and unconventional. They smoke, drink, are extravagantly dressed and take up all the space they need to unfold their personality. Motherhood is becoming an extension of the self, the child is being celebrated and worshipped. Annegret Soltau literally sews her own doubts, experiences and physicality into her artworks. Her works are surgical interventions in both conventional images and clear definitions of (female) bodies, her self.
What connects both artists in their detemined work is the search for the own identity as a female artist in the male dominated art wold. Without taboos they both celebrate and suffer from their physicality, their sensuality, sexuality. Their womanhood.
After the presentation in Berlin, the exhibition will be shown at Museum Bensheim from August 13th until September 20, 2020.
(Translation: Anna Raab)
Elvira Bach (b. 1951 in Bad Neuenhain, Germany), studied with Hann Trier at the HdK Hochschule der Künstler (University of the Arts) Berlin. After showing at Documenta 7 in 1982, Bach gained international recognition and became one of Germany’s most well-known painters. Since1978 her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions, including prominent museums and collections such as the Guggenheim in New York, the Museum in Groningen (the Netherlands), the Haus der Kunst in Munich, the Städel in Frankfurt and lately the museum in Landerneau (France).
Annegret Soltau (b. in 1946 in Lüneburg, Germany) studied at the Hochschule der Bildenden Künste (University of the Arts) Hamburg with Hans Thiemann, Kurt Kranz, Rudolf Hausner, Alan Jones and David Hockney. Afterwards she was part of the master class of Professor Anton Lehmden at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste Wien (Academy of the Arts in Vienna). She received numerous grants and awards and has been fellow of the Villa Massimo in Rome in 1984. Her works were exhibited at „WACK!: Art and the Feminist Revolution“ at the MOCA Los Angeles, ath the PS1 in New York, at the Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, at the MUMOK in Vienna, at the Stavanger Art Museum and at the ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medien Karlsruhe amongst others.
Alfred Kornfeld and Shahane Hakobayan
Exhibition period: Saturday, 27 June to Saturday, 8 August 2020
Current opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 12:00 to 6:00 pmZu 68projects
Exhibition Elvira Bach + Annegret Soltau – 68 projects | Zeitgenössische Kunst – Kunst in Berlin – Galleries Berlin – ART at Berlin