After another year of numerous Corona restrictions, also in the field of culture, the Lippe Cultural Agency and the town of Schieder-Schwalenberg are once again planning a high-calibre, appealing art and exhibition programme for the painter’s town of Schwalenberg in 2022.
The first of May sees the opening of the season in both Schwalenberg museums.
In the Municipal Gallery, the exhibition “Magnus Zeller – Dreamer and Visionary” will be on show from 1 May to 19 June 2022 with impressive loans from private collections. Magnus Zeller (1888-1972) came from Berlin, where he was a student of Lovis Corinth. In 1915 he married Marie Zimmermann from Blomberg and set up a second home at Blomberg Castle. Zeller was loosely in contact with the Schwalenberg painters’ colony, but his main subject matter was not landscapes but motifs with a socio-critical or political background as well as religious symbolism. In the 1920s and early 1930s he created impressive socially critical paintings and graphic works. When the National Socialists came to power, however, he changed his artistic style: he painted harmless, apolitical genre paintings, still lifes and landscapes, which he sent to the official art exhibitions. In all secrecy, however, he led a dangerous double existence and created paintings critical of the regime, including the painting “Der totale Staat (Hitlerstaat)” (The Total State (Hitler State)) from 1938, which is now in the possession of the Stadtmuseum Berlin.
At the same time, from 01 May to 19 June 2022, the Robert Koepke Haus will be showing “From the distance. World Views by Thomas Heger and Helle Jetzig”, two different artistic views of our environment will be shown.
In his often large-format paintings, Prof. Thomas Heger from Stuttgart creates fantastic worlds of abstract colour spaces and fictional landscapes with tiny people.
The fictional cityscapes of the Osnabrück artist Helle Jetzig are a mixed technique of photography and painting. The motifs of his pictures are architecture and street scenes of big cities, their structure and rhythms.
The exhibition sets these two contrasting artistic positions in an exciting dialogue that reveals commonalities on closer inspection: the view of our surroundings, our world, nature or the metropolitan living space created by man.
The exhibition continues with famous names from 3 July to 4 September 2022 in the
Municipal Gallery. Under the title “Art Makes Blue – In Search of the Colour Blue”, works from Impressionism to the avant-garde by Georges Braque, Marc Chagall, Max Ernst, Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Fernand Léger, Henri Matisse, Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso and many other artists will be shown.
all of whom explore some aspect of the colour blue. Hardly any other colour has such a defining significance for art as blue. Examples are Picasso’s “Blue Period” or the artists’ group “Der Blaue Reiter” with Franz Marc and Wassily Kandinsky. Many artists have traced the colour and its effect.
In its annual exhibition, the Kunstverein Schieder-Schwalenberg e.V. presents INTERNATIONAL Positions in the Robert Koepke Haus from 03 July to 04 September 2022 “Helga Ntephe: nevertheless and in general…”. In this first retrospective exhibition, Berlin-based artist Helga Ntephe, who has been living and working in Schwalenberg since 2016, provides insights into her artistic life collection full of interconnections and references to bio-graphic stations and their history, interwoven with musical impulses. In over 40 years, a multi-layered oeuvre of paintings, drawings, prints, digital art and installations with poetic texts has emerged from her reflective engagement with what she has observed and experienced.
Of course, you can also get creative yourself in the painter’s town of Schwalenberg: at the 32nd Summer Academy (6 July 2022 to 2 August 2022) with its diverse range of courses, but also at the Autumn Academy (10-14 October 2022), where Axel Plöger from Detmold offers a course for young people in oil painting, and the artist Dagmar Diekmann from Lemgo offers a course for adults in collage in combination with oil painting. A free bus shuttle from Lemgo and Detmold will take participants of the autumn academy to Schwalenberg.
From 11 September to 01 November 2022, selected works from the collections of the town of Schieder-Schwalenberg and the Cultural Agency of the Lippe Regional Association of Landscape and Genre Painting associated with Schwalenberg will be on display in the Municipal Gallery under the title “Artists’ View of Schwalenberg”. New additions to the collection will also be shown. The historical works will be juxtaposed with contemporary positions of nature and landscape reception with works by former Schwalenberg scholarship holders.
In this exhibition, school classes will also have the opportunity to take part in an adventure tour “In the Footsteps of the Artists’ Colony” and to become artistically active themselves, beyond the duration of the exhibition until 31 March 2023.
The jury is currently selecting the new scholarship holder who will live and work in the Künstlerhaus from 1 May to 31 October 2022. “There are exciting artistic positions from the most diverse areas of the visual arts,” reveals Jörg Düning-Gast, chairman of the regional association: “I already had a lot of fun with the selection last year, and I am already sure that the winner will be an enrichment for the art scene in Schwalenberg. The results of the scholarship period will be on display from 30 September to 1 November 2022 in the final exhibition at the Robert Koepke Haus.
The exhibition year will end with the thematic joint exhibition of contemporary Lippe artists from 4 December 2022 to 8 January 2023 in the Robert Koepke Haus, which, at the invitation of the Kulturagentur, will deal thematically with the important resource of “water”.
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