Medea - Femme Fatale and Superwoman from the East. Mythology was a frequent topic in East German literature and painting before 1989, a way to engage with complex themes from contemporary life. Images of Medea, Kassandra, or Penthesilea were often reflections upon the artist's role as a woman artist and as a woman in society. These artists played with fire, provoked, protested, and experimented with art, refusing to fit politely into societal expectations for women, socialist and bourgeois alike.
This exhibition includes work by artists from the former Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and the Soviet Union. The majority of works are by East German artists, including Tina Bara (*1962), Annemirl Bauer (1939 - 1989), Sibylle Bergemann (1941 - 2010), Else Gabriel (*1962), Angela Hampel (*1956), Christa Jeitner (*1935), Angelika Kroker für die Mode- und Performancegruppe Allerleirauh, Künstlerinnengruppe Erfurt mit u.a. Monika Andres (*1962) und Verena Kyselka (*1957), Evelyn Richter (*1930), Christine Schlegel (*1950), Gundula Schulze Eldowy (*1954), Cornelia Schleime (*1953), Gabriele Stötzer (*1953), Erika Stürmer-Alex (*1938), Karla Woisnitza (*1952), Hanne Wandtke (*1939), Doris Ziegler (*1949).
The artist and prize-winning director Strawalde / Jürgen Böttcher (b. 1931) is a creative dynamo. His searching, dancer-like and passionate process results in paintings, drawings, overpainting, collages, and films result from a searching, dancer-like and passionate process that the artist himself sees as an adventure. This exhibition marks the first major solo exhibition of his work in Dresden, where his work as a student and teacher began.
Organized in response to the vehement debate in the press last fall about the lack of East German art in the museum's permanent exhibition, this temporary "presentation" shows East German art from the Albertinum's collection. Organized according to accession date, the exhibition only offers never-shown and long-absent works promise new discoveries, it also offers insight into the changing collection strategy employed by the museum the Cold War. Artists, including Karl-Heinz Adler, Rudolf Bergander, Wieland Förster, Hubertus Giebe, Hermann Glöckner, Peter Graf, Petra Kasten, Harald Hakenbeck, Angela Hampel, Ernst Hassebrauk,Bernhard Heisig, Peter Herrmann, Hans Jüchser, Wolfgang Mattheuer, Theodor Rosenhauer, Christine Schlegel, Werner Stötzer, Strawalde, Werner Tübke, Willy Wolff, Walter Womacka, reveal the variety of art created in the GDR.
There is a significant accompanying program with events nearly every week. (Program PDF)
This one-room exhibition gets its name from a watercolor painting from 2016 that the American artist David Horvitz sent the the (East) German artist Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt, a Mail Art and visual poetry artist who has been long overlooked in the West. Born in Wurzen, Saxony, in 1932, Wolf-Rehfeldt was active as an artist from the beginning of the 1970s until 1990. Using an Erika Typewriter, she created complex graphic compositions that juxtapose text and image. 62 of these timeless "typewritings" -- diagrams, patterns, abstract poetry, and collages -- form the core of this small exhibition. Horvitz's work is part of Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt's comprehensive archive of Mail Art from around the world.
Exhibition SIBYLLE. Fotografien eines Modemagazins (SIBYLLE: Photography of a Fashion Magazine) April 28 - November 4, 2018 Schloss Pillnitz (Dresden)
The magazine SIBYLLE, which appeared six times a year beginning in 1956 with a print run of 200,000, was well-loved in East Germany and therefore regularly sold out. Thought of as the East's Vogue and dedicated primarily to fashion, it was subtitled, "Magazine for Fashion and Culture" because those who made it, above all photographer and designers, considered photography, design, fashion and culture of equal value. Photography was a particularly important aspect of the magazine. The photographers for SIBYLLE had mastered not only their field, they set the standard.
SIBYLLE: Photography of a Fashion Magazine is the first exhibition to focus explicitly on the photographers of SIBYLLE, showing the work of thirteen of its most important photographers: Sibylle Bergemann, Arno Fischer, Ute Mahler, Werner Mahler, Sven Marquart, Elisabeth Meinke, Roger Melis, Hans Praefke, Günter Rössler, Rudolf Schäfer, Wolfgang Wandelt, Michael Weidt, Ulrich Wüst
In cooperation with the Kunsthalle Rostock / Curated by the Kunsthalle Rostock. From Dec 3, 2017 - Feb 11, 2018 in the Kunstmuseum Diesel Kraftwerk Cottbus.