Otto Meier. “Pots, nothing but pots” / Otto Meier. »Pötte, nichts als Pötte«
The large art exhibition presents the impressive works of master potter Otto Meier, one of the most important representatives of 20th century German ceramics. His unmistakable works reflect the beauty and versatility of the Worpswede nature that surrounded and inspired him. Our exhibition, which takes place in the central room of the museum, honours his influential work and provides a comprehensive insight into the legacy of this extraordinary potter.
In this special exhibition, the museum is showing a comprehensive selection of vessels from over 60 years of Meier’s work. From the austere and abstract forms of his early years to the light and delicate works of his final years, it becomes clear how Meier refined and developed his style over time. The nearly one hundred ceramics on display are complemented by a collection of photographs, sketches and other objects that provide an insight into Meier’s working methods and a glimpse into his workshop.
The exhibition aims not only to present the “pots”, but also to emphasise the personality and artistic process behind these unique creations, full of timeless elegance and sophistication.
Commentary by the curator, Manuela Husemann:
Developing this exhibition in close consultation with Susanne Meier, the potter’s daughter, was an enriching experience. One vessel is more exciting than the next. The composition and the overall picture of our central exhibition space provide a fascinating insight into the world of Otto Meier.
Illustration: Bärbel Meckseper, Otto Meier in his workshop in Worpswede, 1964, photograph © Private property, Worpswede
Hans Saebens, Otto Meier in his workshop in Worpswede, 1948
Otto Meier, Large white tree of life, unglazed (exhibition view)
Otto Meier, ceramics (exhibition view)
Otto Meier, pod, 1990, ceramic