until 27.02. | #0350ARTatBerlin | Salongalerie “Die Möwe” shows the exhibition “Lebensbogen” with artworks by the artist Sibylle Boden-Gerstner from the 22nd January until 27th February 2016. Lebensbogen literally means arc of life.
Sibylle Gerstner, born in Breslau, the daughter of furrier Boden, was hounded by the Nazi regime because of her status as a so-called ‘Mixed Race Second Degree’. She left Germany, studied in Vi-enna and, from 1940, lived illegally in Paris. Together with her future husband Karl-Heinz Gerstner, she had contact with the Résistance there. After the war she resumed her painting.
In 1956 Sibylle Boden-Gerstner conceived the idea for the first sophisticated art and fashion maga-zine in the GDR, ‘Sibylle’. She worked as Art Director and Deputy Editor-in-Chief at this much sought-after fashion magazine. Accused of allowing the magazine to become ‘too French’ under her leadership, she was later forced out. From 1959 she worked as translator and freelance cos-tume designer for the GDR film company, DEFA. In the ‘60s and ‘70s she created the costumes for such TV-films as ‘Wolf unter Wölfen’ [Wolf among Wolves], ‘Die Brüder Lautensack’ [The Brothers Lautensack] or ‘Abschied vom Frieden’ [Farewell to Peace].
In 1981, writing under the pseudonym Sibylle Muthesius, she created a sensation with the publica-tion of ‘Flucht in die Wolken’ [Escape into the Clouds]. In the manner of a Greek tragedy, in her book she reconstructs the life of her mentally-ill daughter, with reference to her daughter’s paint-ings and diaries, up to the point of her suicide. This breached a taboo in the GDR. The subject is also seen as an influence in her own painting.
From 1990, she once again contributed to exhibitions with, among others, a major solo exhibition at the Potsdam Film Museum in 1998. Today, the 95 year-old Sibylle Boden-Gerstner lives in Berlin and paints with a wide brush.
The exhibition, which presents oil paintings, water colours and costume designs by Sibylle Boden-Gerstner, spans the arc of the different phases of her life and the many varied styles of this fascinat-ing artist.
Vernissage: Thursday 21st January 2016, 06.00 – 09.00 p.m.
Acclamation given by distinguished German scholar, Prof. Frank Hörnigk, at 06.30 p.m.. Salongalerie “Die Möwe” is grateful to Sibylle-Boden-Gerstner for agreeing to join us for this evening.
Exhibition period: Friday, 22nd January to Saturday, 27th February 2016Zur Salongalerie Die Möwe
Image caption: Sibylle Boden-Gerstner · Die Woge · 1989 · Pastell · 30 x 42 cm
Sibylle Boden-Gerstner exhibition – Salongalerie Die Möwe – ART at Berlin