extended until 23.05. | #2681ARTatBerlin | Salongalerie Die Möwe shows from 28th February 2020 the exhibition … aus der Luft (> … from above) with artworks by the artists Zuzanna Skiba and Werner Drimecker. On display is art at the interface between painting and cartography.
In its new exhibition “… from above”, the Berlin Salongalerie “Die Möwe” presents works by Zuzanna Skiba and Werner Drimecker, who were not only friends for more than two decades, but also worked together as cartographers. Cartography also influenced their artistic work and led them to an unmistakably individual view of the world and visual language.
In his “Kopflandschaften” (> head landscapes) Werner Drimecker, for example, deals with the experiential space of landscape and the mental space of the head, while Zuzanna Skiba’s works can be seen as magnetic fields or aerial photographs as well as mental landscapes. In their first joint exhibition, on view from February 28 to May 23, 2020, the works of both artists enter into a wordless yet eloquent dialogue with one another.
The lives of Zuzanna Skiba (*1968) and Werner Drimecker (1928-2011) meet in Bielefeld. Drimecker fled from his native Leipzig to West Germany in 1950, while Zuzanna Skiba moved from Poland to Germany with her parents in 1977 at the age of nine. When Zuzanna Skiba trained as a cartographer in the mid-1980s, she met Werner Drimecker, who was already working as a cartographer. As a painter he is looking for an individual expression in art besides his professional activity.
During her training, Zuzanna Skiba developed an awareness of the extent of human migratory movements as well as of historical boundaries, and the boundless bird’s-eye view fascinated her. Her own family history, located in several countries, also becomes significant for her. Topics such as belonging and freedom still play an important role in her thinking and work today.
A lifelong friendship soon develops between her and Werner Drimecker. He becomes a confidant and mentor in artistic and private matters. Drimecker encourages her in her desire to turn to the fine arts and accompanies her on this path. Around 1970 he himself had found his own style of painting by composing geometric forms in a series of nudes. From 1977/78 onwards, in his “Aerolandschaften”, landscape as structure became a permanent motif in his art. In the 1980s, ” Seelandschaften” (> Seascapes) and “Metamorphosen” expanded his oeuvre. Until 1998 his main work, the “Kopflandschaften”, was created with flat, block-like, multi-coloured works.
Zuzanna Skiba began studying in 1991, first at the Fachhochschule Gestaltung in Bielefeld, then at the Minerva Academy of Art in Groningen (Netherlands) and finally at the University of the Arts in Berlin. Since the successful completion of her studies in 1995, the artist has participated in many solo and group exhibitions in Germany and abroad. She lives and works in Berlin.
Vernissage: Friday, 28th February 2020, 6:00 pm
Exhibition period: Friday, 28th February to Saturday, 23rd May 2020 – ATTENTION: extended until Saturday, 13th June 2020Zur Salongalerie Die Möwe
Zuzanna Skiba + Werner Drimecker – Salongalerie Die Möwe | Modern Art – Exhibitions Berlin Galleries | ART at Berlin