WOMEN ARTISTS IN DIALOGUE
The exhibition “Women Artists in Dialogue” is conceived as a visual conversation between women artists from different European countries who belong to the generation born around 1900: heads, nudes, still life, landscapes and portraits by Lotte Laserstein, Käthe Loewenthal, Ilse Heller-Lazard, Else Lohmann, Jacoba van Heemskerck, Alice Lex-Nerlinger, Gerda Rotermund, Augusta von Zitzewitz, Eva Besnyö, Florence Henri and many others, most of whom reflect currents in modernist art after the First World War.
This spring sees the third edition of “Women Artists in Dialogue”, which draws on the stories of the lives, career and work of many artists brought to public attention by Das Verborgene Museum in recent decades. At the centre of the show are two works from the 1920s: the Expressionist “Still Life with Japanese Doll” (c. 1925) by Martel Schwichtenberg (1896–1945) and the Constructivist “Still Life with Cups” (1928) by Lou Loeber (1894–1983).
Schwichtenberg, who chose the forename Martel in reference to the well-known Cognac, featured in exhibitions organised by the Galerie Flechtheim in Berlin, was an active member of the Association of Women Artists in Berlin and modelled her appearance with gentleman’s suit and tie on that of sculptor Milly Steger (1881–1948), whose larger-than-life female nudes on the façade of the theatre in Hagen had caused such a furore in 1911. Schwichtenberg was financially secure throughout most of her career thanks to her employment with Bahlsen in Hanover, where she designed wrappings and advertisements.
The Dutch painter Lou Loeber, two years her senior, adopted a rigorously Constructivist technique. Her art was influenced by her encounters with Piet Mondrian and Gerrit Rietveld, colleagues from the De Stijl movement who, in similar ways to the Constructivists Kasimir Malevich and Natalia Goncharova in the Soviet Union and Alice Lex and Oskar Nerlinger in the Berlin of the Weimar Republic, were exploring a visual idiom composed of geometric shapes and primary colours. Lou Loeber did not completely dispense with objects, and unlike her colleague Mondrian she incorporated curves and circles, as she does in her two paintings “Sunflowers” and “Still Life with Cups” (1928).
Among the Constructivist artists were the Russian avant-garde painter Natalia Goncharova (1881–1962), the painter and photographer Florence Henri (1893–1982) with her reflected “Self-Portrait” (1928) and Jacoba van Heemskerck (1876–1923), who made her breakthrough in the art market following her contacts with Herwarth Walden’s gallery “Sturm” and its participation in the First German Autumn Salon in Berlin in 1913.
The exhibition, with about 60 paintings, photographs, drawings, prints and sculptures by some 30 artists, concludes with two abstract works which derive their impact entirely from the use of polished gold leaf: “Skin” (1961) by the Norwegian Anna-Eva Bergman (1909–1987) and the “Golden Cloth” (2005) by Dutch artist Beppe Kessler (1952).
Translation Katherine Vanovitch
Artists of the Exhibition
LOU ALBERT - LASARD 1885-1969 , URSULA ARNOLD 1929-2012, ANNA - EVA BERGMAN 1909-1987,
EVA BESNYÖ 1910-2003, DOROTHY BOHM 1924, MARIANNE BRESLAUER 1909-2001,
GERDA BÜTOW 1907-1977, GRETE CSAKI - COPONY 1893-1990, KATE DIEHN - BITT 1900-1978,
NATALJA GONTSCHAROWA 1881-1962, JACOBA VAN HEEMSKERCK 1876-1923,
MARTA HEGEMANN 1894-1970, ILSE HELLER - LAZARD 1884-1934, FLORENCE HENRI 1893-1982,
ELSE HERTZER 1884-1978, NINI & CARRY HESS 1884-1942 / 1889-1957,
BEPPE KESSLER 1952, MARGARETE KOCH - NEUBERT 1896-1974, LOTTE LASERSTEIN 1898-1993,
ALICE LEX - NERLINGER 1894-1979, LOU LOEBER 1894-1983, KÄTHE LOEWENTHAL 1877-1942,
ELSE LOHMANN 1897-1984, LIDY von LÜTTWITZ 1902-1996, JEANNE MAMMEN 1896-1976,
JEANNE MANDELLO 1907-2003, ELSE MEIDNER 1901-1987, GRETE POPPER 1897-1976,
OTTILIE REYLAENDER 1882-1965, GERDA ROTERMUND 1902-1982, THEA SCHLEUSNER 1879-1964,
MARTHA SCHRAG 1870-1957, ELISABETH VON SCHULZ 1884-1965,
MARTEL SCHWICHTENBERG 1896-1945, LOUISE STOMPS 1900-1988,
AUGUSTA VON ZITZEWITZ 1880-1960
Wednesday 26. April 2017 | 19 h
27. April 2017 - 06. August 2017
Thursday, Friday 15 - 19 h
Saturday, Sunday 12 - 16 h
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