Goyesca, 2014 | © Leiko Ikemura, Courtesy Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin
Paula Modersohn-Becker was a painter from Worpswede who met with an untimely death at age 31. Besides landscapes and still lifes, the 19th century artist was especially interested in the characters that peppered her life. Modersohn-Becker tirelessly plumbed the depths of the psyche, and this too forms the focus of the exhibition. Her models were a means of penetrating a deeper core, a way of visualizing something more universal, more human.
The recent paintings and works on paper by Berlin-based artist Leiko Ikemura are concurrently presented in Niebuhrstraße. They depict ghost-like creatures – hybrid beings that float between worlds. These works build on the large-scale cosmic landscapes that Ikemura painted in recent years, from which an extensive selection can also be seen in Kunst Lager Haas located in Lise-Meitner-Straße. They reflect upon a confrontation with both traditional European and Japanese landscape painting, juxtaposed here with Ikemura’s newer large-scale sculptures of female figures.
*A catalogue on each artist will be published for the occasion.