From 14 September 2023, the Georg Kolbe Museum will be showing the exhibition “Im Paradies fällt der Schnee langsam” (“In Paradise, the Snow Falls Slowly”) by artist Lin May Saeed as a dialogue with Renée Sintenis. Styrofoam creatures climb out of their cages and colonise the Georg Kolbe Museum, wire lobsters free themselves from captivity with their scissors, figures taken from ancient sagas reflect the close relationship between animals and humans in Arabic-language poetry. The opening will take place as part of the Berlin Art Week on 13 September 2023 from 6 pm.
The German-Iraqi artist Lin May Saeed (1973, Würzburg – 2023, Berlin) has spent a good 20 years exploring the lives of animals and their role in a world dominated by humans today. The Georg Kolbe Museum is showing her first solo museum exhibition in Germany. With sculptures, reliefs, expansive silhouettes and drawings, the sculptor created a new visual language of solidarity and coexistence between species. In the exhibition, Lin May Saeed’s work enters into an artistic dialogue with works by Renée Sintenis (1888, Glatz1965, West Berlin). This central sculptress of modernism, creator of the Berlin Bear, which is still awarded every year at the Berlinale, was also searching at the time for a language and a way of depicting the essence and …
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Fig. above: Exhibition view “Lin May Saeed. In Paradise the Snow Falls Slowly. A dialogue with Renée Sintenis” Georg Kolbe Museum, 2023, Photo: Enric Duch