until 12.11. | #3576ARTatBerlin | Salongalerie Die Möwe presents from 2. September 2022 the exhibition „Zurück in die Stadt“ by the artist Katja Meirowsky.
The title of our new exhibition “Katja Meirowsky – Zurück in die Stadt” (Back to the City) refers to the artist’s series of charcoal drawings of the same name from 1947 and to her return to Berlin twice: in 1945 from Polish exile and in 2000 from her almost five-decade-long stay on the island of Ibiza.
The multi-talented artist Katja Meirowsky created an extensive body of painterly work, wrote poetic texts and had acting talent. In 1949, in the spirit of optimism of the post-war years, she was one of the founding and ensemble members of the legendary Berlin artists’ cabaret “Die Badewanne”, in which her close friends, the sculptor Waldemar Grzimek and the painters Werner Heldt and Heinz Trökes also took part.
Werner Heldt betonte bereits 1951 die besondere Stellung der Künstlerin unter den malenden und zeichnenden Frauen in Deutschland. Er hob dabei die herausragenden Kompositionen ihrer Bilder sowie deren besonderes Kolorit hervor. Seit ihren Ausstellungen 1945 und 1949 in den Berliner Galerien Rosen und Bremer wurden ihre Werke in vielen internationalen Ausstellungen präsentiert, u.a. in Basel, Madrid, Florenz, Stockholm, London, Chicago und New York.
As early as 1951, Werner Heldt emphasised the artist’s special position among women painters and draughtsmen in Germany. He emphasised the outstanding compositions of her paintings and their special colouring. Since her exhibitions in 1945 and 1949 in the Berlin galleries Rosen and Bremer, her works have been presented in many international exhibitions, including in Basel, Madrid, Florence, Stockholm, London, Chicago and New York.
Katja Meirowsky (1920-2012)
Following her artistic talent, Katja Meirowsky began studying painting in Berlin in 1939. Because of her Jewish origins, the National Socialists forbade her to continue her studies in 1942. In the same year, she fled to Poland. In 1945, Katja Meirowsky returned to Berlin, belonged to the circle of avant-garde artists in the city and successfully participated in national and international exhibitions.
After her political and artistic experiences in the post-war period, the painter chose Ibiza as her new centre of life in 1953. On the island, a fascinating world of new motifs and inspirations opened up to her. Her artist friend Waldemar Grzimek visited her on the island several times. Together with Hans Laabs and Heinz Trökes, her friends since their time in the cabaret “Die Badewanne”, Katja Meirowsky was the only woman member of the “Grupo Ibiza 59”, which united artists of different nationalities on the island.
Impressions and experiences from her two living environments, Berlin and Ibiza, shape her art in a unique way. Katja Meirowsky did not follow artistic trends so much as she drew on her personal sensations. In her works, the inner and outer worlds are interwoven. Despite a muted colourfulness, the paintings have an underlying luminosity, oscillating between dream and landscape elements, crystalline forms and floating objects, whereby the boundary between representationalism and abstraction is fluid.
Vernissage: Friday, 2. September 2022, from 6 p.m
Exhibition dates: Friday, 2. September until Saturday, 12. November 2022to the Gallery
Caption title: Katja Meirowsky | Woman with Guitar (left) and Walk with Corki (right) | 2001 | mixed media and pastel
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