until 27.08. | #3475ARTatBerlin | Salongalerie Die Möwe presents from 2. June 2022 the group exhibition ” Hamburger Sezessionisten” (Hamburg Secessionists) the only group of artists of classical modernism in Hamburg.
In its new exhibition “Hamburger Sezessionisten”, the salon gallery “Die Möwe” focuses on the only group of classical modern artists in Hamburg. Thanks to the good cooperation with the Eduard Bargheer Museum, the administrators of the estates of Dorothea Maetzel-Johannsen and Emil Maetzel as well as private collections, the numerous works could be brought together for this exhibition. On the opening evening, Dr. Karin Schick, head of the Hamburger Kunsthalle’s Classical Modernism Collection, will speak about the significance of the avant-garde group of artists in the city on the Elbe.
The Hamburg Secession, founded in 1919, saw itself as a platform for like-minded people until its forced dissolution in 1933 by the National Socialists and united artists from the fields of painting, sculpture, architecture and literature. Its 33 founding members included Emil Maetzel and Dorothea Maetzel-Johannsen, Alma del Banco, Gretchen Wohlwill and Otto Fischer-Trachau. Paintings, gouaches, prints and drawings by these artists as well as by the renowned Secessionists Ivo Hauptmann and Eduard Bargheer will be presented by “Die Möwe” in its rooms from 2 June to 27 August 2022.
The city owed its connection to the international avant-garde art scene and diverse impulses for cultural life to the events and initiatives of the Hamburg Secession. The work of Emil Maetzel and his wife Dorothea Maetzel-Johannsen, who were among the leading personalities of the Hamburg Secession, is exemplary for this. The couple played a major role in establishing artistic modernism in the Hanseatic city. The painters and graphic artists of the Brücke were models for both of them. The Jewish artist Alma del Banco was also one of the founding members of the Hamburg Secession. Her involvement with the works of the artists Cézanne, Matisse and Léger led her to develop her very own pictorial language. By painting contour lines strikingly and darkly and by breaking up her motifs into geometric areas of colour, she combined sketchy and painterly elements to create exciting compositions. Travelling through Italy and France with her artist friend Gretchen Wohlwill, she found numerous pictorial motifs that told of rural life.
Gretchen Wohlwill’s studio was a meeting place for Secession artists and other artist friends in the 1920s and early 30s. After the National Socialists dismissed the artist, who came from a Jewish family, from her teaching post, she moved to the Elbe island of Finkenwerder, in the immediate vicinity of her lifelong painter friend and confidant Eduard Bargheer. His artistic oeuvre mainly comprises mosaic-like, light watercolours, for which he is internationally renowned. Many of these paintings were created on the island of Ischia – his place of refuge during the Second World War.
Ivo Hauptmann, a member of the Hamburg Secession from 1928, spent more than half his life in the Hanseatic city, where he became one of its most important painters. The watercolours shown in the exhibition reflect his love of Hamburg, the harbour and the sea. The Secessionist Otto Fischer-Trachau was also a co-founder of the avant-garde Expressionist movement in the Hanseatic city. Emil Maetzel wrote of the artist’s paintings: “Here one feels what significant enrichment the dynamism of Expressionism […] has brought. What tremendous liveliness and rhythm in form and colour!” Linocuts from the 1920s and 1930s prove this statement and are rare rarities.
Opening: Thursday, 2. June 2022, from 6:00 pm
Exhibition dates: Thursday, 2. June to Saturday, 27. August 2022To the Gallery
Image caption title: Emil Maetzel, Ballspieler, 1955, Oil on hardboard, 71 x 100 cm
Exhibition Hamburger Sezessionisten – Salongalerie Die Möwe | Moderne Kunst – Exhibitions Galleries Berlin | ART at Berlin