Corporeality, in its diversity of expressive values and types, as well as its sensitivity to any deformation, is a leading source of works that Maria Wirth presents in the exhibition. They show bodies and figurative constellations that are fragmented, caught in alien postures, sometimes naked and distorted, posing or dancing, and always fragile. What connects the works in their content, are their hermetic references to motifs from ancient mythologies and philosophical discourses that are interested in all faces of passion, the search for the self and the zones of indeterminacy existence has.
The German philosopher Hermann Schmitz said that art is "the result of an encounter of the body with the feelings". In this sense, the figures set in powerful color spaces are seen as visible counterparts of realities of the emotional and thought-life. Here corporeality proves to be something permeated by the mind and the emotional life, and on the contrary, spirit and feeling show themselves as something that does not exist without corporeality.
We present six positions of the genre "Portrait" that in their technique and content approach are very different. Each of the artistic positions for itself and, even more, the juxtaposition of their differences and similarities give insights into the magic and the intimate intuition for the Other that characterizes artistic portraits.
By portrait, we mean the representation of a person with the special claim of using artistic means to capture something essential of that person. The Latin word origin protrahere (pull-out) recalls how closely linked it is to a process of discovery and disclosure. It is about the exploration and visualization of the character, the personality and also the history of the person to be portrayed. At the same time, every portrait always reflects its originator, for its vision and expressive language are what illuminates the model.
The path to a successful portrait is a dialogue with the counterpart, leaded by the artist's gaze, his observation and his empathy. While on the one hand it testifies the artist’s fine sensorium for realistic reproduction, the portrait transcends it at the same time: toward what we call the "inner," the "essence" of a human being.
The 6 artists
Sara Assadi - painting and object frames | Jan Beumelburg - painting, drawing and etching | Frank Jerke - photography | Hamid Sadighi Neiriz - staged photography | Ilona Ottenbreit - painting and drawing | Boriana Pertchinska - painting and transformation on wood and jute
Figures as Ornaments: bodies that become ornament-like formations, ornamental structures that grow into expressive bodies - animals, humans, intermediate beings. A changing between line, form and a world of figures metaphysically with metaphysical drive.
The exhibition is based on a series of works by the artist Maria Wirth (* 1987 Berlin), which since 2018 has been characterized by the deconstruction and formal distortion of the human and, again and again, animal body in communication with rhythms of ornamental or abstract organic forms. The series is about the moment in which line and form turn into suggestions of movement, impressions of feeling and also synaesthetic characters: it is about becoming Gestalt (form) and dissolution of it. From a philosophical perspective, the workseries is a critical reflection on the unity and consistency of identity and meaning.
As a guest artist we welcome the Iranian Mohsen Tighbakhsh alias Tiba (* 1968 Tehran). His painting grounds are hand-woven carpets mainly from Iran but also from other countries such as Turkey, Greece and North Africa. They bear witness to ancient life forms and, depending on their origin, have special colors, structures, materials and age. Under Tiba's hands, also a master of weaving techniques and virtuoso tattoo artist, spiral-contoured figures emerge on these rare rugs, breaking through the rough, haptic character of the background with colorful radiance and lightness of form. Each motif finds its balance in a combination of figuration and abstraction.
Twilight. With the twilight everything visible is submerged in an eerie ambiguity. This transition from day to night, which makes our perceptions insecure, involves a peculiar magic and the capacity to set our imagination in motion.
The exhibition brings together works by Dana Bennewitz and Jan Beumelburg, in which the concept of "twilight" is reflected in its very different meanings. We encounter the mysterious ambivalence of dreams and ancient myths, disputes with the "unconscious" and witty solutions for a balancing act between reality and imagination.
Ideas of mystery and magic have always accompanied human societies. However, do we no longer need them today, today, in a world of economic fixation, rationalization and effectiveness? That's one of the questions this exhibition can give us.
UnMaking Characters. Since modern times, the question of the "I" has been the point of departure for the success of one's life - We are made and we are making characters.
In this exhibition, Sara Assadi (Iran), Maria Wirth (Germany) and Marek Benczewski (Poland) are inspired by the meaning complexity of the English word character to reflect contemporary ideas and experiences of the self through artistic means. The self as a "character" is personality, is an individual psyche, is expression, is imperative. It is a process that is both made and self-creating.
To make this visible, the three artists experiment with "UnMaking," that is, the deconstruction of characters. The content of her work arises from the dissolution, the unbundling of clear roles, forms and ideas.
Surreal Gardens between Baku and Berlin - for the first time, Günay Shamsi, Azerbaijan, and Maria Wirth, Germany, are presenting their paintings and objects together in an exhibition. In their own individual way, they transfer surrealistic painting principles and motifs into a new, lively and experimental field of young post-postmodern art creation.
The multi-facetted, sensitive and discursive worlds of ideas, which are made visible in the works of art by Günay Shamsi and Maria Wirth, are also combined in this exhibition into an overall aesthetic composition: a surreal garden that invites visitors to wander through and think through.