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Black + White – 8 out of 54 of the VdBK 1867 at the Käthe Kollwitz Museum

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Eight selected female artists of the Verein der Berliner Künstlerinnen 1867 are guests of the Käthe-Kollwitz-Museum Berlin with their works and show the special exhibition “Schwarz + Weiß” from August 22nd to October 25th, 2020. For the first time works can also be purchased. 54 female artists are currently active in the association.

DEEDS WORLD VdBK 1867 - Viola Schill 2019 Foto Rainer Jo
Viola Schill, Manchmal verändern sich die Größenverhältnisse, 2019, Assemblage aus Modelliermasse, Porenbeton, Plastikfigur, 25 x 25 x 20 cm, Foto ® Rainer Jo

A hippopotamus set against a snake, a monkey on felt, natural forms that become Japanese characters, lines, reflections, mirror boxes that symbolize life in mechanical tracks; photographs that open up abysses. In the special exhibition, the colours black + white dominate and create an atmosphere of contemplation and contemplation.

Exhibition artists: 

Silvia Klara Breitwieser / Ines Doleschal / Hannah Dougherty / Friederike Klotz / Maja Rohwetter / Heike Ruschmeyer / Viola Schill / Nadja Siegl

The eight exhibiting artists of the Verein der Berliner Künstlerinnen 1867 represent a cross-section of the 54 current members of this traditional association, to which Käthe Kollwitz herself once belonged. The association also played an essential role in Käthe Kollwitz’s life and enabled her to receive professional training in his drawing and painting school, founded in 1868.

In the special exhibition “Black + White”, old and young are represented, both female artists from Berlin and those who moved here from Germany and abroad. The Verein der Berliner Künstlerinnen 1867 is a motor, network and showcase for women artists. Many well-known women artists of the modern age were closely connected with the professional association as members, pupils, teachers or participants in the association’s exhibitions. “Since the Association of Berlin Women Artists 1867, although one of the oldest cultural institutions in Berlin, does not have a fixed exhibition venue, we are very grateful that we are guests at the Käthe Kollwitz Museum for the second time,” says Ute Gräfin von Hardenberg, 1st chairwoman of the association.

DEEDS WORLD - VdBK 1867 - Ines Doleschal 2020
Ines Doleschal, Serie Form Folgt Blatt 13, 2020, Mixed Media auf Papier,
42 x 297 cm, ® Ines Doleschal

The monochrome working method has a long tradition and found an unprecedented exclusivity in Kollwitz’s work. While Kollwitz mainly used black lines and surfaces on white paper, the contemporary artists fathom the possibilities of dealing with the non-colours black and white and all grey tones in between in various techniques and, as in an orchestral piece, the result is a harmonious and at the same time haunting overall sound. Represented are charcoal drawings, collages, photographs, sculptures, installations and mirror boxes. Dr. Anna Havemann, curator of the exhibition, promises that “the abstinence of color will challenge viewers to reflect on their patterns of perception in our world of a flood of color.

DEEDS WORLD - VdBK 1867 - Nadja Siegl 2019 Foto Nadja Siegl
Nadja Siegl, Signifiers 1 12 2019, Fotografie auf Hahnemühle Fine Art Baryta,
95 x 120 cm Foto ® Nadja Siegl

Dr. Josephine Gabler (Director Käthe-Kollwitz-Museum Berlin): “We are very pleased to have the VdBK 1867 again as a guest in the Käthe-Kollwitz-Museum. After the corona eruption it will be the only special exhibition of the museum in 2020. All other external presentations have been cancelled or postponed. However, it is a special concern of the Kollwitz Museum, especially in these difficult times, to offer female artists a public. As a further support, works by members of the VdBK 1867 can be purchased by visitors for the first time during this exhibition in the museum. We sincerely hope that this unique offer will be taken up actively.

DEEDS WORLD - VdBK 1867 - Friederike Klotz 2020
Friederike Klotz, Ohne Titel, 2020, Zeichnung 30 x 30 cm ® Friederike Klotz

Accompanying programme 

Artist talk and exhibition tour

Sunday, 6 September 2020 at 4 pm with Hannah Dougherty and Maja Rohwetter

Sunday, 13 September 2020 at 4 pm with Viola Schill and Nadja Siegl

Sunday, 20 September 2020 at 4 pm with Ines Doleschal and Friederike Klotz

Family Workshop

Sunday, 18 October 2020, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Hygiene and distance rules apply, so please wear the prescribed mouth and nose protection during your stay in the museum rooms. Visitors are asked for their understanding that only a limited number of a maximum of 10 visitors* are admitted to the special exhibition room at the same time. For the events of the accompanying programme, the museum is obliged to provide documentation.

Black + White 
22 August to 25 October 2020

Fasanenstraße 24
10719 Berlin-Charlottenburg
+49 30 88 25 210

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