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“Blickreisen” to the East

Ahrenshoop, GER
13.4. - 23.6.2024

“Blickreisen” to the East. Paintings and drawings / „Blickreisen“ nach Osten. Gemälde und Zeichnungen

Sarah Schumann (1933-2019) is the first female artist from the modern West German scene to be the focus of the Ahrenshoop Art Museum. She represents the explosiveness and energy of female artistic creation in the young Federal Republic of Germany under the difficult conditions of reconstruction and intellectual positioning after the Second World War. In her paintings, collages and drawings, Schumann expressively and significantly thematised moments in the history and everyday life of her time, with the identity of women always taking centre stage.

The exhibition at the Ahrenshoop Art Museum is dedicated to the “eye journeys”[1] to the East that Sarah Schumann undertook from 1982 onwards: to the GDR and later to the new federal states, and from 1992 also to Poland, the Czech Republic and Russia. In the late 1990s and 2000s, her explorations also took her to the Baltic Sea – to Rügen, Vilm, the Darß and Heiligendamm. In the exhibition, the artistic output of her Baltic Sea sojourns is presented alongside works that reflect her extensive other travels.

Sarah Schumann, Darß, 2008, Pigment painting on wood, VAN HAM Art Estate Köln, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2024
Sarah Schumann, the escape through the Baltic Sea. There: the chalk cliff, 1996, mixed media on canvas, 105 x 170 cm, private collection, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2024
Sarah Schumann (1933-2019), Blue Madonna, 2001, pigment painting on canvas, 117 x 96 cm, private collection, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2024